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If there is one thing that I do every Thanksgiving, it’s make my compound butter for the bird. I’ve never wavered from this practice, and as a result, I have a very juicy turkey inside and a nice, crisp skin on the outside. The best part? Prepare this compound butter ahead of time and you save yourself precious time on turkey day.
What is a compound butter?
A compound butter is a softened butter which adds different ingredients (herbs and spices), to enhance flavors. All over the world chef’s use this combination to not only enhance flavors, but to save time on preparing dishes. The flavor combinations are endless, and best of all, can be kept in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. You can learn more about compound butter on the Food & Wine website.
Thanksgiving Turkey Compound Butter
The recipe is super simple. Honestly. It’s simply taking softened butter and adding the ingredients to it. You can fiddle around with the recipe and make it your own, but this is what I use every year (and often on a roast chicken).
Thanksgiving Compound Butter
- 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
- 4 tbsp Fresh, finely chopped Sage 2 tbsp if using ground
- 2 tbsp Fresh, finely chopped rosemary 1 tbsp if using ground
- 1 tbsp Kosher salt
- 1 tbsp Ground Pepper
- 1 tbsp Poultry Seasoning
- Put butter on the counter for about an hour to come to room temperature
- Chop all of the fresh herbs
- Mix the herbs and spices into the softened butter
- Spoon the butter onto a piece of plastic wrap (or parchment) and roll into a log shape.
- Twist the ends tightly and place in the fridge (if using in the next day or two), or in the freezer if you are making it over a week ahead.
- Take the butter out of the fridge an hour before you plan to use it on your Thanksgiving turkey.
Other Compound Butters
I’m such a nut about compound butters that I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites from other bloggers.
- Pioneer Woman’s French Toast with Berry Butter. The day I saw this episode with the berry butter I went out and bought the ingredients. It’s amazing (as are all things Ree makes). You have to give her Berry Compound Butter a try!
- All Recipes has a fabulous Garlic Butter recipe that you have to try. I’ve used it in skillet dishes, cut into slices on top of steak, you name it. Their Garlic Butter recipe is fabulous.
- This Worcestershire Chive Butter from Bobby Flay on Food Network is awesome. We’ve used it multiple times for steak and I can’t get enough.
- Spicy Buffalo Butter from Foodie Crush is SO good. Slather it all over corn for an unexpected treat!
The possibilities are endless. You can go sweet, spicy, savory – it all depends upon your mood and taste buds, but I highly recommend you try them all! Especially my Thanksgiving Compound Butter, which will make your awesome turkey even better!