We know that compound butters sound a little pretentious, but they are super-simple to make, extremely versatile and the perfect way to add a hit of flavour to a steak, fish fillet or roasted vegetables.
Better still, they freeze well, meaning you will always have little nuggets of flavour-bombs within easy reach.
Let the butter come up to room temperature before stirring through the pesto. Use a blender if you want a fully homogenised butter or stir through by hand if you’re in more of a rustic mood.
Either roll the mixture into a sausage shape so you can chop slices off, or better still, invest in a dedicated ice-cube tray so you can pop out little nuggets of flavour whenever a dish needs a little elevation.
Slather onto some rustic bread
Stir through an omelette or risotto
Toss with some roasted vegetables
Baste a perfectly cooked, medium rare steak with it
Use it in baking