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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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Stuffed Pepper Mummy Recipe

parties, appetizers, leftovers, snacksSheri SpalloneComment
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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Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

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Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy

One condiment you will find abundantly stocked in our home is Ranch Dressing. Since our second child, Nicholas, was young (by far the pickiest of our three children), Ranch dressing was the quintessential condiment and the only way we could entice him to eat vegetables, chicken tenders, burgers... pretty much anything. Whenever our children would stay at their grandparents' homes, we always forewarned them to keep Ranch dressing on hand or suffer the consequences. 

To this day, Ranch is still our son's preferred condiment, but he's hardly the picky eater he was in the past. He considers himself "The Master Taster Tester" of the family (something he coined when he was younger). I had never made Homemade Ranch before until our son asked, "Mom, what is in ranch dressing?" I was stumped.  So, we looked up the ingredients, and as it turns out, I had everything on hand including fresh herbs from our garden. I sensed there was a method to his madness, so after playing with a few ingredients, I surprised him later with homemade ranch dressing.  His smile said it all.

From The "Master Taster Tester's" lips, "Mom, this is the best darn ranch dressing ever!", It only seemed fitting to share this recipe with the world and label it The Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe.  Embodied in creamy buttermilk, Cherchies® Lem'n Dill, Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs and other fresh herbs, this tasty ranch dressing recipe will appease even the most discerning ranch lover; but beware, you may never go back to the bottled ranch dressing again!  Use this dressing in all your favorite recipes, as a dip for vegetables, chicken tenders, fries, as a spread on sandwiches, and of course as a dressing for salads.

Thank you for stopping by!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (could substitute Greek yogurt) 
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) coarsely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) chopped fresh parsley  (3/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Lem'n Dill Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs No-Salt Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) ground black pepper

Preparation

Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender.  Pulse to combine.  If the recipe is too thick, add more half and half or milk to the mixture.  

Refrigerate and chill for at least an hour, but overnight is preferable, as the flavors will marry. Serve over your favorite salad or as a dipping sauce for fries, chicken tenders, pretzels, vegetables, whatever your heart desires.

Enjoy!

Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

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Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

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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!

Thanks for stopping by.

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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