What Goes into This Mustard Butter?
Mustard butter is a luscious condiment that combines the smoothness of butter with the boldness of mustard. With a touch of maple syrup and freshly ground black pepper, this compound butter takes your meals to another level. The marriage of creamy butter and zesty mustard is truly a match made in culinary heaven. I prefer using both ground mustard powder and whole grain mustard to maximize the mustard flavor, and the burst of mustard seeds adds a delightful texture. Remember, don’t substitute with Dijon mustard—it simply won’t be the same!
The Perfect Ingredients
To create this mustard butter, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Unsalted butter: Choose high-quality butter for the best flavor.
- Whole grain mustard: Also known as stone ground mustard, it provides a satisfying crunch from the mustard seeds.
- Mustard powder: Adds an extra layer of mustard essence without any overwhelming bitterness.
- Maple syrup: Just a hint of sweetness to balance the pungent flavor of the mustard and enhance the overall taste.
- Freshly ground black pepper: Grind your own black pepper for its vibrant and fruity notes; pre-ground pepper won’t cut it!
- Kosher salt: Start with ¾ tsp and adjust to taste until the flavors truly shine, making you want to lick the bowl.
Storing Compound Butters
Once prepared, you can store this delectable mustard butter in two convenient ways:
Glass Container: Opt for a glass container like a mason jar or wrap the butter log in parchment paper or plastic wrap. The log shape makes it easy to slice off rounds of butter for garnishing steaks, soups, mashed vegetables, and more. Alternatively, bring the container to room temperature to soften the butter for spreading or dipping.
Freezing: Divide the compound butter into an ice cube tray or silicone candy mold and freeze. This way, you can pop out individual servings of frozen butter cubes, storing them in a freezer bag for later use.
Compound butters can be refrigerated for up to 1 week and frozen for up to 6 months.
Creative Uses for Mustard Butter
The versatility of mustard butter knows no bounds. Here are some inventive ways to enjoy this flavorful condiment:
- Toss with roasted vegetables like winter squash, Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.
- Use as a finishing butter for grilled meats such as steak and sausage.
- Spread onto crusty bread for a delightful and tangy twist.
- Enhance a cheese and charcuterie platter by pairing mustard butter with breadsticks, crostini, and jam.
- Slather under the skin of a chicken before roasting for a moist and savory dish.
- Swirl into a hearty potato leek soup for a burst of flavor.
- Melt into a fluffy rice pilaf, adding richness and depth.
- Top creamy mashed potatoes with a dollop of mustard butter for extra zing.
- Spread onto sandwiches, especially those with salami and other cured meats, for a gourmet touch.
- Toss with sautéed or steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and fresh peas for a delicious twist.
- Pair with a variety of raw vegetables on a vibrant crudité platter.
For more culinary adventures, try these other mouthwatering recipes:
- Soft German Lye Pretzels
- Peach Apricot Mostarda
- Tomato Compound Butter
- Black Truffle Butter
- Whole Grain Seed Bread