By Jimmy Sizzle
Yo! This is Jimmy Sizzle, the coolest cook in the kitchen (you can tell from my shades, biker jacket and studded leather toque). You know what’s lame? Butter. You know what’s awesome? Compound butter.
Compound butter is like ordinary butter, except where ordinary butter (like the dean of my culinary school) is soft, plain and boring, compound butter is mixed with herbs, spices, nuts, vinegar or other ingredients. It’s easy to make yourself and totally rad.
Nervous? Jimmy Sizzle understands. You’ve been using lame, regular butter your whole life, and now you don’t want to ruin your grandmother’s famous dutch oven broccoli casserole by adding all sorts of random spices to the butter. So start small, with this recipe for simple garlic butter, which is amazing on corn on the cob, baked potatoes, toast and basically anything you would pair with lame, ordinary butter.
If you’re feeling funky, add a dash of white wine and vinegar. That’s a Jimmy Sizzle original, baby.
Roasted almond butter
Need something a little more challenging? Give this roasted almond butter recipe a spin. The nutty flavour jives with meat, heavier fish and mushrooms.
Maitre d’Hotel butter
Jimmy Sizzle is a man of the people, so he doesn’t normally go for fancy French stuff, but this butter with parsley, salt, pepper and lemon juice is an absolute legend in the compound butter scene (it even was a Wikipedia page). Try this recipe from the Cooking Channel that calls for cayenne pepper and Dijon mustard.
What? Coffee in butter? That’s right! Use coffee-infused butter in your cookies, chocolate cake, pancakes and other desserts that would benefit from coffee undertones, not to mention a little caffeine. Here is an actual compound butter recipe, versus others that claim to be “coffee butter” without any actual butter involved.
Taco Tuesday is Taco LOSE-day if you’re using ordinary butter to prepare tortillas and ground beef. Sam the Cooking Guy describes his own Chipotle Compound Butter thus: “A simple and most delicious way to dial the flavour of almost any protein (steak, chicken, pork, seafood) way the hell up.” Arriba!
Bittersweet honey curry butter
This spicy-sweet butter with honey, sea salt and curry powder is perfect on naan, roti and roasted vegetables, but also try it on steak, sausage, tomato-based pasta sauce and pizza.
With two ingredients, whisky butter’s name is also it’s recipe. This sharp, smoky butter is perfect for deep-fried meat and fish, steak, smoky BBQ and sauteed mushrooms.
What? You don’t know if you should put whisky in your butter? You want to be cool, right? You want to be one of us, right?
(Relax, the alcohol cooks out.)
Here’s another one for the dessert lovers. This recipe for cinnamon compound butter, with a little vanilla, is perfect for cinnamon rolls, waffles and coffee cake.
Red wine butter
You’re all worked up about whisky, but don’t bat an eye when it’s fancy red wine in your butter? Whatever. Jimmy Sizzle don’t care. Go ahead and make this fancy-pants red wine butter recipe with parsley and shallots for the shrimp, baked chicken and sauteed vegetables you’re serving at your book club.
Spiced chai butter
Another one that’s perfect for desserts, but also try this spiced chai butter recipe with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar on banana bread, baked apples, muffins and yams.
Also, put whisky in it.
Jimmy Sizzle out.