Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is 7 weeks away, do you have your menu planned? Don't worry, there's still a lot of time. I love to make compound butters in October and freeze them. You can make as many as you'd like and just pull them out when you start cooking and preparing your Thanksgiving feast. 

Here is my post from last year - Compound Butter Blog Post

Compound Butters

Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner or going somewhere, these compound butters are a must. You can use them in your dishes to make Thanksgiving easier or you can give them as a gift to the host. 

This is my Thanksgiving tip, make theses butters. Compound butters are simple to make and the varieties are endless. Just add ingredients to softened, unsalted butter. Once you've blended your ingredients together, add the butter to some wax paper or parchment paper and roll up. You can refrigerate or freeze this butter.

My favorite is a roasted garlic and herb compound butter. I add roasted garlic and fresh herbs to some butter and if you like mushrooms, add some enoki mushrooms to this compound butter. It's great to add this to your turkey, inside and out. The butter will help make your turkey brown and the mushrooms will help keep the meat juicy while the herbs add a great, fresh flavor. The herbs I added were sage, rosemary, thyme and dill.

Roasted Garlic and Herb Butter

Here's my brown sugar and honey butter. I add butter, pumpkin pie spice (PPS), honey and brown sugar. If you really like things sweet, add some maple syrup as well. YUM!  This is great to add to rolls, apple pie, sweet potato casserole or anything sweet at your Thanksgiving meal. I even use it for pancakes.

Brown Sugar, Honey and Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter

Another one I do is my spicy Harissa butter. I add my home made Harissa to a stick of softened, unsalted butter. This is great for adding to the turkey or any vegetables. It will add a nice spicy flavor.

Harissa Butter

 You can check out my Harissa recipe on this blog. I posted it a few weeks ago.

Basil Pistachio Pesto Butter

Another idea is pesto butter. I add some home made pesto to a stick of softened, unsalted butter. This is also great to add to the turkey, vegetables or pasta. Here's my pesto recipe -

Basil pistachio pesto butter

Black Sea Salt and Truffle Butter

Here's another idea...add some black sea salt and truffle oil to a stick of butter. This compound butter will have a cool, gray look to it and it will taste great. This is the butter that will have everyone talking, not only because of it's color but flavor as well. 

Toasted Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Ginger and Garlic Butter

I also like to add soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, chives, garlic and ginger to some softened butter for a great savory butter.

If you only have time for two of these, I would recommend the roasted garlic and herb butter and also the brown sugar, honey and pumpkin pie spice butter.

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!