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20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

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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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Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

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Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

Cooking Time:  25 Minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

Happy Summer everyone!  For those who grow vegetables in the Summer, your tomatoes may be about ready for harvest!  If so, why not make the best of Summer's bounty with this easy, flavorful cod recipe, bursting with juicy, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and smothered in a delicate, lemony basil sauce.  Delicious!

Summer calls for lazier days and easier menus with fresh, flavorful ingredients.  This recipe (adapted from bakerbynature.com) featuring Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz, is a recipe we're sure your entire family will love.  It is also perfect for summer entertaining!

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Ingredients  
Adapted from Baker by Nature

For the White Wine Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pint multi-colored (red, yellow, orange) cherry tomatoes (red cherry tomatoes perfectly fine if can't find), sliced in half
  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies Basil Pizzazz
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons (tbsp) butter

For the fish

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 and a 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets
  • Cherchies Garlic Seasoning and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (for garnish)

Preparation

For the Sauce:

In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 9 to 12 minutes.  Tomatoes should be soft, but still should retain their shape.  Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. Stir in Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz, lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter, and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce and tomatoes into a bowl and set aside temporarily.

For the Fish:

Using the same pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Season both sides of cod with Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and pepper. Place cod in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully turn the cod over and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until it's cooked through.  Add in the tomatoes and the sauce to the pan and heat for a minute with the cod.

Serve the cod immediately and pour the sauce over the fish.  Garnish with chopped basil and lemon wedges for a beautiful presentation.  Serve this recipe with our Strawberry Spinach Salad and sop up the sauce with The Best Darn Garlic Bread Recipe.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

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Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time:  20 Minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

Happy Spring friends!  Old man winter has finally loosened his grasp here in Pennsylvania, and signs of warmer weather are emerging everywhere...the Forsythia are awakening, the daffodils are smiling, the birds are playing, and the weather people are forecasting summer-like temperatures this weekend.  Amen!  To celebrate the return of Spring and warmth, I am excited to share this quick and easy, summer-like Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe.

Nothing screams warm weather like juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and savory basil (aka Caprese).  I absolutely love this refreshing combination and by adding leftover chicken and pasta to the mix, dinner is easy peasy.  So if you want to tantalize your family's taste buds with an easy meal and celebrate the fresh taste of summer, grab some plump juicy tomatoes, Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz Seasoning, fresh mozzarella cheese, and create this deliciously satisfying summer-like dish.  Your family will thank you.  

Let us know how you liked this dish and as always, thank you for visiting our blog!  


Ingredients

  • 1 package of spaghetti, cooked according to directions
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto (or make it homemade with our Perfect Pesto Recipe)
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, diced (cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or leftover chicken would work really well here)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tbsp) fresh chopped basil for garnish


Preparation
Cook spaghetti according to package directions in salted water, and drain.  Rinse, dry, and slice cherry or grape tomatoes in half and set aside.

While spaghetti is cooking, prepare the sauce.   In a large skillet, add the cream cheese, light cream, pesto, and Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz.  Cook on low for 5 minutes.  The sauce should begin to thicken.  Add the tomatoes, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses to the sauce, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the skillet.  Towards the end of the cooking process, add the diced cooked chicken. 

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain the pasta and add to the skillet with the cheese mixture.  Cook for a couple of minutes.  Garnish with fresh basil and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!

Bon appetito!

Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

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Stuffed Pepper Mummy Recipe

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Stuffed Pepper Mummy Recipe

Stuffed Pepper Mummy Recipe

So, it's October, which means Fall, right?  Contrary to the typical conjured images of brilliant garnet, amber and gold leaves, where the crisp air commands sweaters and bonfires, such is not the case here in Pennsylvania.  It is 80 degrees and green!  Personally, I do not mind holding onto the tropical weather a bit longer, but at the same time, it is hard to think about Halloween when it feels like summer!

Do you like Halloween?   I don't know whether it is the inner child in me or the fact we have children, and their excitement over the years has excited us, but I have always been a sucker for party themes, themed food, theme decorations, etc., and Halloween is no exception.  

These stuffed mummy peppers are so stinking cute, and the epitome of Halloween, spooky and fun (even if it is 80 degrees where you live)! They are quick and tasty, a fabulous use for leftover peppers, and are a delightful Halloween appetizer or snack. The filling possibilities are endless, but our favorite is our Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread, chock full of fresh vegetables and herbs.  You could also use chili or our Tomato Basil Cups filling to stuff the peppers. And, talk about quality time in the kitchen!  This is an ideal project to spend time with the kiddos, no matter the age.  Our children are teenagers now, but they still enjoy helping in the kitchen, especially when food is fun!  Priceless!

Serve these mummies with our Festive Deviled Eyeballs, Witches Cheese Brooms, Spooky Jack-o-Lanterns, and our Spooky English Muffin Pizzas for a frightfully eerie Halloween feast!

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy early Halloween!

Ingredients 

  • 1 bag mini peppers (usually found in most grocery stores or bulk discount grocery stores, costco, Bj's, etc.), sliced in half, seeds removed
  • Veggie Cream Cheese Spread Recipe  orTomato Basil Cup filling recipe
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough, cut into thin strips (we used Pillsbury's newest product, crescent sheets.  You could easily use crescent rolls and pinch the seams together before cutting).
  • Googly candy eyeballs (Wilton, I found these at my local party store)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash and cut peppers in half.  Remove seeds.  

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out pepper halves.  Fill each pepper with cheese mixture (see above).  Set aside.  On a lightly floured surface, with a sharp knife, cut the crescent rolls into thin strips (about 1/2 inch).  Carefully wrap the peppers, criss crossing the dough to resemble a mummy.  

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until dough is golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes.  Add googly candy eyes for that last minute spookiness.  (Important- do not be tempted to put the eyes on before baking, as they will disappear, literally, they will melt! Not that I've done that...ahem;) Serve and enjoy!

* Note: These pepper mummies could easily be made ahead and frozen before baking.  

Stuffed Pepper Mummy Recipe

Stuffed Pepper Mummy Recipe

Serve these year-round.  Simply remove the eyes and you have a delicious appetizer or snack in minutes!

Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Stuffed Pepper Recipe

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