Are you looking for a quick and easy way to add more flavor and instantly increase the appeal of any dish? Look no further than a compound butter. With limitless flavor combinations, it works with all types of food. Making a compound butter is incredibly easy. Gather ingredients that create the flavor profile you want, then mix with softened butter. After a little time in the refrigerator, you are left with a product that will increase the taste appeal of any food.
For this compound butter, I chose to recreate a delicious spinach and bacon salad. I am a firm believer that adding bacon will makes any food, yes even butter, better. The addition of spinach to the compound creates a beautiful pale green color. The combination of the two together will instantly increase the flavor of any dish. There are endless uses for this compound butter, but my favorite way to use this butter is on top of a piping hot baked potato. As the hot potato melts the butter, you can see and smell all the delicious bacon and spinach flavor seeping into every bite. Other ways you can use this butter are as a finisher to a hot burger or steak, or create a butter sauce by mixing in with hot pasta.
Spinach and Bacon Compound Butter
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed and sliced
2 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and broken into small pieces
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, shaved
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 drops hot sauce
In a small saucepan over low heat, cook spinach, bacon, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook until butter is melted and spinach wilts. Remove from heat and add to the bowl of a food processor. Add remaining 6 tablespoons of butter, Parmesan, shallot, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Process, scraping down the sides of the bowl when needed, until a smooth mixture forms. On a clean counter, lay out about a foot of plastic wrap. Pour spinach and butter mixture onto plastic and roll into a log shape. Chill in the refrigerator until the mixture solidifies.
bacon, compound butter, spinach
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