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Compound butter—merely a mixture of butter and other sweet and savory ingredients—is a simple but sublime way to elevate any meal. Each recipe below begins with one softened stick of the unsalted variety. Poke around your pantry, then churn up something special.
Add some heat to sauteed shrimp: 1/3 cup sliced scallions + 4 teaspoons sriracha + 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are poultry's best friend.
Pancake-perfect topping: 1/4 cup thawed wild blueberries + 2 tablespoons maple syrup + 1 tablespoon blueberry preserves + 1/8 teaspoon salt.
Spread some joy on a chicken sandwich: 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger + 1 teaspoon curry powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/4 teaspoon turmeric. (Toast curry powder and turmeric in a skillet for 2 minutes.)
Ratchet up a basic biscuit: 2 tablespoons honey + 1 teaspoon lemon zest + 1/2 teaspoon cardamom + 1/8 teaspoon salt.
Build a better BLT: 1/3 cup chopped cooked smoked bacon + 2 teaspoons brown sugar + 1 teaspoon cider vinegar + 1/2 teaspoon each smoked paprika, sweet paprika and chili powder (toasted 2 minutes in a skillet) + 1/2 teaspoon each mustard powder and salt.