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cylindrical roll of herb butter (compound butter)
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Herb Butter (Compound Butter Recipe)

Herb butter is a delicious topping to use on poultry, beef, vegetables, and bread. Make this compound butter recipe to add flavor to your Thanksgiving turkey!
Prep Time10 mins
Refrigerate30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: compound butter, herb compound butter
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 103kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp chives chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Let butter come to room temperature and place in a bowl
  • Using the side of a knife, smash the cloves of garlic to remove the skins and chop fine.
  • Chop the fresh herbs and mix in with butter, garlic and salt.
  • With a spatula incorporate all the ingredients and fold onto a sheet of wax paper.
  • Roll the butter mixture into a cylindrical shape working with the wax paper. (See Note 1) Twist the edges and refrigerate until firm.
  • Remove from refrigerator, unroll and slice into pieces to top each steak.
  • Roll up and refrigerate the remaining compound butter.



1. Form the butter herb mixture into a small tube shape on a piece of plastic, wrap it up and use a bath tissue cardboard tube to assist in keeping it's shape. Slide one end of the plastic wrapped butter through and position it neatly inside and pat the edges to help form a perfect cylinder.
*** Recipe video shows the inclusion of blue cheese (optional).


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg