Everyone who knows me in real life or follows me on Instagram knows that I love to cook! Part of my holistic health journey has been to learn how to cook healthier versions of foods that I love, which isn’t always an easy task given my southern roots. For instance – I love butter! I have been know to start and finish a signature decadent dish with full sticks of this golden goodie. But that doesn’t necessarily fit into the lifestyle I’m attempting to adopt for myself and my family.
Being healthy isn’t about “giving up” the foods that make you happy, though. What’s life without at least a little indulgence, right? Making healthy choices is easiest when you don’t feel restricted and when you make every treat pack a big punch. That’s where this delicious Rosemary + Roasted Garlic Compound Butter comes in!
Butter is actually healthier for you than any of the fake, processed substitutes on the market, so eating organic butter is already a step in the direction of a better diet. Adding herbs and spices to your butter insures that using just a little goes a long way – you don’t have to load your meals with it to feel satisfied.
This weekend, I made one batch of flavored butter that we’ve used in two very different meals. Making it was super simple and there’s still a lot left over. To make this recipe you will need:
- One stick of organic unsalted butter, room temperature
- One head of roasted garlic, instructions below
- One sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
- Powdered onion
- Salt to taste
To roast your garlic, remove the outer layer of papery skin, leaving the bulb in tact. Cut off the top of the bulb, exposing each of the cloves. Add 1/2 tbsp of olive oil to the cloves, wrap in foil, and roast at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Let cool before continuing.
Combine softened butter, rosemary, roasted garlic, about a tsp of onion powder, and a few pinches of salt until blended. Roll the mixture in wax paper or foil to create a log and refrigerate.
Seriously. That’s it.
This compound butter made the bacon wrapped green beans we had for dinner Saturday night extra special and were the perfect compliment to breakfast sliders on Sunday morning!
You can make this recipe with any combination of herbs you like, or even try sweet blends like honey, raspberry preserves, or cinnamon. What great compound butter flavors could you add to your recipes to get the most out of this simple indulgence?