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TIP OF THE DAY: Garnished Butter

Whether you like your butter plain or compound (with added flavor ingredients), here’s a fun idea from The Peached Tortilla in Austin, Texas.

This dish of citrus butter inspired us to create something similar, using a small, shallow dish (the bread plate that came with our fine china) and:

  • Covered half with great butter (our favorite is the cultured butter from Vermont Creamery. You can also use a straight stick or brick of butter.
  • Sprinkled with lemon zest.
  • Topped with microgreens.
  • A side of flaky (crunchy) sea salt.
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    We have such a store of sea salt that we offered three:

  • Maldon sea salt.
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt.
  • Flavored salt (we used saffron-infused sea salt).
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    Check out the other types of salt in our Salt Glossary.

    You can decorate your butter as you wish, tailoring the garnishes to what you’re serving. Some ideas:

     

    Compound Butter

    Butter topped with lemon zest and microgreens, with a side of coarse sea salt (photo courtesy The Peached Tortilla | Austin).

  • Chili flakes.
  • Fresh herbs: chives, cilantro, parsley, oregano, tarragon, thyme.
  • Greens: microgreens, fronds (dill, fennel).
  • Pepper: cracked pepper, green or pink peppercorns.
  • Seeds: aniseed, black sesame, caraway, celery seed, chia, dill seeds, fennel seeds, flax, mustard.
  • Spices: grated cinnamon or nutmeg, za’atar.
  • Others: capers, citrus zest, edible flowers, herb blossoms.
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    There are many other ingredients you can use. Just be sure to use contrasting colors.

    There’s enough choice so that you need never garnish butter the same way twice.

      




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