The post before this one featured a yumtastic french onion soup. My recipe only called for a couple sprigs worth of fresh thyme, and since you can’t really buy only a couple of sprigs worth at the store, you might find yourself in the same predicament I often times find myself in:
What the heck am I supposed to do with the rest of this fresh (insert herb name here)?!
Even if you were to find another recipe that uses thyme, it’s not going to call for the remaining bunch of thyme you just bought at the store. SURE — wrap it in damp paper towel and put it in the fridge — you’ll definitely use it before it goes bad.
Ok back to reality!
If you’re like me and stress because you don’t know how the heck you’re going to use the rest of these herbs before they go bad, you can rest assured and take a deep breath because I have a solution: compound butter.
Oh what a fancy-fun idea! Compound butter is just butter that is mixed with some combination of fresh herbs or spices or flavorings and can be used to enhance the flavor of a dish (as if straight up butter wasn’t good enough).
So, with the leftover thyme, a fresh bunch of oregano, garlic and sea salt, I made a delicious compound butter!
Score! That was easy, and required absolutely no cooking whatsoever.
If you wrap the butter in parchment and store it in the fridge, it will keep for just as long as any other butter you buy….and now those fresh herbs you were inevitably going to throw away have a happy, flavorful place in the world.
It’s so delicious that it will make any piece of mediocre bread taste fantastic, but the possibilities don’t end there. Last night for dinner, I rubbed the butter on skin-on chicken thighs and pan-seared them with a squeeze of lemon (it was as tasty as it sounds). You could add it to pasta or top a grilled steak. You could cook some fish in it or sauté some vegetables. (Hint: Whatever you (reasonably) come up with, it will work.)
Here’s the recipe, so now we can all stop worrying about fresh herbs going bad before we use them and go on with our lives — happy Friday!!