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20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

glaze marinade & sauce, grillingSheri SpalloneComment
20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

So what is “churning” in our kitchen today? Compound butter! If you have never made compound butter, then you are missing out! Compound butter is a cinch to make, and it adds a decadent finish to pretty much everything, meats, seafood, bread, vegetables, pancakes, waffles, and so much more. We wanted to share 20 of our favorite compound butter combinations below, (using you guessed it, Cherchies® products), as well as directions on how to make it.

So what exactly is compound butter? It is softened butter infused with sweet or savory ingredients. The possibilities are endless as to what can go into butter...herbs, cheese, fruit, mustard, spices, jams, fruit, bacon, etc. Talk about a blank canvas!

Sweet compound butter pairs well with scones, rolls, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, croissants, etc., whereas savory compound butter is better with meats, seafood, bread, vegetables, popcorn, and pasta. And sometimes, the sweet and savory are paired together to create something unusually delicious, such as Blackberry Preserves, Champagne Mustard and butter.

Compound butter is perfect for holidays and parties, or anytime you are feeling fancy, but it also makes an ideal gift for the food-lover in your life. Wrap it up or spread the love into a pretty bowl or container and voila, an instant homemade gift!

So what are you waiting for? Mix up your favorite Cherchies® products today and make tasty compound butter. You will not be disappointed! Comment below and let us know your favorite combinations or if you have a new mix to share. Have fun!

Enjoy!

Sweet Compound butters- Use on scones, rolls, pancakes, waffles, French Toast, biscuits, corn bread, croissants, and toasted bagels.

  • Fig, cinnamon, and honey butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Fig Preserves with Cinnamon, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Strawberry honey butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Cranberry Butter with Champagne- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Cranberry Preserves with Champagne, and 1 teaspoon (tsp) orange zest.

  • Blackberry Bourbon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Blackberry Seedless Preserves, 2 teaspoons (tsp) honey, and 2 teaspoons (tsp) Bourbon (optional).

  • Cherry Vanilla Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread, and 1 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla.

  • Apple Cinnamon Honey Butter- Combine 1/2 c. butter (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Strawberry Lemon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) lemon zest.

  • Blackberry Lemon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves, and 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) lemon zest.

Savory Compound Butters- Add to meats, seafood, breads, vegetables, popcorn, and pasta.

Here is how it is done

Soften Butter

It all starts with this key ingredient...butter! Make sure to use unsalted butter so you can control the salt, unless directed otherwise. Allow the butter to come to room temperature. I usually leave the butter out on my counter for a couple of hours, but some sources suggest cutting the butter into chunks and setting aside.

Mix

Once the butter is softened, combine the desired ingredients in a bowl with a whisk, rubber spatula, or a hand mixer. I will often soften several sticks of butter and divide them into ramekins so I can make several flavors.

Chill
Once the butter is in your desired container, chill the butter in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. The butter should be nice and firm when it is ready. Experiment and have fun!

  • Cylinder/log- Turn the mixture out onto a long sheet of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or parchment paper. Use the wrap/foil to roll the butter into a cylinder. Twist the ends, gradually applying more pressure as you twist in order to make the cylinder taut. Once the butter has chilled, slice the butter into discs or “coins” as some like to say.

  • Bowl- For a more rustic presentation, spread the butter into a pretty bowl or container. Presented this way would make perfect gifts.

  • Shape it- Spread the butter on a baking sheet and once it is chilled, use cookie cutters to create festive shapes OR spread the butter into plastic candy molds before chilling.

Up the coolness factor at your next family gathering or party and make these tasty compound butters today.

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Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

entrees, appetizers, glaze marinade & sauceSheri SpalloneComment
Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  30 minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

There is something so darn comforting and fun about meatballs.  These quaint little globes are simple to make; the flavor combinations are unlimited, they can be served with your favorite sauce over noodles or rice, or piled into sandwiches, or served as tasty appetizers with toothpicks.  Quite the versatile little ball!  So let's talk meatballs friends, in particular, Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatball Recipe.  Are you ready to get rolling?

Why order takeout when you can eat in with a meal that is quick, easy, and just as flavorful as the take-out version, but a fraction of the cost?   I usually make these meatballs as an appetizer to share with guests and serve with toothpicks, but I recently served them to my family over rice for a quick and easy meal, and as suspected, dinner was a hit!  Everyone loves meatballs, and this recipe with sriracha, ginger, Cherchies Garlic Seasoning, and Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, is so flavorful, your family will ask for seconds.  

So, get the "ball rolling," grab some Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, spices, and make these delicious sweet and spicy meatballs today!  For a complete meal, serve this dish with our Cranberry Spinach Salad and our Best Darn Garlic Bread to sop up the sauce. 

Let us know your thoughts on this recipe and thank you for visiting our blog!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey, chicken, or pork

  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) tsp black pepper

  • 4 green onions chopped

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) freshly grated ginger

  • Cooked Rice (optional- to serve over)

For Sweet and Spicy Glaze

  • drippings from meatballs

  • 1 jar Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) sesame oil

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) chopped green onions- green part (scallions) only (optional for garnish)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the meatball ingredients and mix with your hands to combine.   Do not over mix the meat.  Use a 1 1/2" ice cream scoop to measure out perfectly-sized meatballs and place on the greased baking sheet.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until meatballs are golden brown.

While the meatballs are cooking, add the sauce ingredients to a small sauce pan.  Whisk to combine.  Turn the stove on low and cook the ingredients, whisking occasionally, until smooth.  Turn off heat.  With a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from baking pan and transfer to a large skillet.  Add the pan drippings from the meatballs, and the sauce to the skillet.  Turn the skillet on low and cook for a couple of minutes, or until heated through.

Serve the meatballs over cooked rice for a meal, or use with toothpicks as an appetizer.  Garnish with chopped scallions.

Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

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Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

breakfast, snacks, glaze marinade & sauceSheri SpalloneComment
Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes  
Difficulty: Easy

Today’s recipe is a copycat version of our family’s beloved Philadelphia’s Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread. It is chock full of vegetables, fresh herbs, is a fraction of the cost to the store-bought brand, and I have to say, this recipe is pretty darn close to the original.

Bagels and cream cheese are a staple breakfast or after school snack in our home, especially bagels slathered with Philadelphia Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese, our family's favorite.  The problem is, the small tubs found in grocery stores do not last long in a home with two teenagers, their friends, and a young adult, all with voracious appetites.  Anyone who has teenagers can attest to how quickly food disappears.  Yeesh!

Re-creating recipes at home is kind of my thing, so I  took a stab at re-creating my family's beloved veggie cream cheese spread because I could make larger quantities and I could control the ingredients. It took a couple of tries experimenting with the ingredients (apparently, cucumber was a no-no), but according to our "Master Taster Tester", as my son calls himself, this recipe got a thumbs up!   With just a few ingredients, a couple of minutes of chopping and mixing, the end result was a creamy, dreamy, savory spread, the perfect addition to bagels, crackers, sandwiches, and wraps.  You definitely need to try this delicious recipe.  It is so good, you may never go back to the store tubs again!

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Ingredients

  • 3 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 whole green pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 whole red pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 whole yellow pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 6 whole green onions, sliced

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1 stalk of celery, coarsely chopped

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon (Tbsp) coarsely chopped chives (more to taste)

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Lem'n Dill Seasoning (more to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning (more to taste)

*Feel free to add or subtract any veggies or herbs to your liking.

Preparation
Coarsely chop the peppers, the onions, carrot, celery, and herbs.  Add all the ingredients, except the cream cheese, to a food processor and pulse until desired consistency.  My family prefers chunks of vegetables in their veggie cream cheese spread, but you are welcome to pulse until really fine. Scoop out the vegetable mixture from the food processor and place into a bowl. Set aside.  

*Note:  if you do not have a food processor, don't fret, this recipe can easily be made by finely chopping up all the ingredients and adding to the softened cream cheese.

Combine the cream cheese in the food processor until smooth.   Remove the cream cheese from the food processor and add to the vegetables.  Mix to combine.  Refrigerate the mixture for at least a half hour to marry the flavors.

Spread this heavenly mixture on just about anything, bagels, crackers, sandwiches, wraps, or use as a dip.  Enjoy!

Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

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Baked Coconut Shrimp With Spicy Apricot-Pineapple Sauce Recipe

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Baked Coconut Shrimp With Spicy Apricot-Pineapple Sauce Recipe

Baked Coconut Shrimp With Spicy Apricot-Pineapple Sauce Recipe

Do you have a food that makes you weak in the knees?  For me, hands down that would be coconut shrimp, but because of the fried factor, this dish is usually meant as an occasional indulgence.  But behold, Baked Coconut Shrimp! Hello!

Adapted from tablespoon.com, this delicious recipe is a lighter version of it's cousin, fried coconut shrimp, using egg whites and baked to a golden brown in the oven.  This dish may be low in fat, but it is high in flavor.

Engulfed in a blanket of sweet crispy coconut and served with a spicy apricot-pineapple sauce, this easy baked shrimp recipe is the perfect treat for dinner, lunch, or as an elegant appetizer for guests.  It is healthy, easy, and scrumptious!  You may want to grab some for yourself because these succulent morsels will disappear right before your eyes!

Thank you for visiting our blog and we hope you enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Clean and dry shrimp. Carefully separate the yolks from the egg whites, using the shell as a separator, and reserve the egg yolks for another yummy recipe.  Add the Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning to the egg whites and mix.

In a small bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand held mixer until the egg whites make soft peaks, about a few minutes.

Arrange three bowls on your prep surface and place the following ingredients in the bowls in this order, corn starch, egg whites, and the shredded coconut.  Hold shrimp by the tail and dip into the cornstarch, then the egg whites, followed by the coconut and place on the parchment lined baking sheet.  

Place the shrimp on the baking sheet, sprinkle them with Cherchies® Select Grilling Rub, lightly spray with cooking oil, and bake the shrimp in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

 While the shrimp are cooking, prepare the dipping sauce.  Mix together the Apricot Preserves, the hot sauce (to taste), and the lime juice.  

When the shrimp are golden brown, remove them from the oven and serve immediately with the dipping sauce.  Enjoy!

 

 

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