This mouth-watering steak butter is a divine blend of herbs, spices, and delectable blue cheese. Elevate the flavor of your beef or vegetables with this exquisite compound butter recipe!
We all know that everything tastes better with butter, as the saying goes. However, when it comes to steak, I firmly believe that the perfect seasoning should be no more than coarse salt and pepper. But what exactly is steak butter for, and is it truly necessary to butter steak?
Steak Butter FAQ
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
To create this compound butter for steak, we incorporate Gorgonzola blue cheese, which imparts a richer flavor and adds delightful texture to the steak.
Butter – It’s important to use soft butter, but be cautious not to let it become too warm or it might start melting. If you plan to use salt as a seasoning for your meat, opting for unsalted butter will help prevent the meat from becoming overly salty. In case you only have salted butter, use additional salt sparingly.
Fresh Garlic – There isn’t a perfect substitute for the flavor of fresh garlic cloves, but in a pinch, garlic paste can be used.
Blue Cheese Crumbles – While I prefer the milder taste of Gorgonzola, any variety of blue cheese works perfectly well.
Fresh Herbs – Parsley, rosemary leaves, thyme, sage, and oregano. The secret to achieving a deliciously flavored butter lies in using fresh herbs. Dried herbs simply won’t deliver the desired flavor.
Spices – Red pepper flakes and kosher or sea salt. If you’re not particularly fond of spicy foods, feel free to omit the red pepper.
Video: Making Compound Butter for Steak
To master the technique of creating any type of compound butter, don’t forget to watch the video in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Specifically, to make the tantalizing blue cheese butter, follow the ingredients listed in the recipe card.
How to Roll Blue Cheese Butter
In a mixing bowl, combine soft butter, fresh herbs and spices, and Gorgonzola cheese using a silicone mixing spatula or wooden spoon.
Shape the blue cheese butter into a compact log on a piece of plastic wrap, parchment paper, or waxed paper.
Carefully wrap the butter log, making sure not to squeeze it too tightly. A helpful tip is to use a cardboard tube from a roll of bath tissue to assist in creating the shape.
Gently slide one end of the mixture into the tube, ensuring a neat placement. Then, pat the edges to achieve a perfect cylinder shape.
Refrigerate the steak butter until it becomes firm enough to cut into slices.
Other Uses for Steak Butter
Unleash the versatility of this Gorgonzola steak butter! It effortlessly enhances the flavor of any type of beef, making it an excellent choice for a succulent boneless prime rib roast. Moreover, it can be melted and drizzled over a heavenly baked potato or delectable roasted mashed potatoes.
If you prefer a compound butter without cheese, I highly recommend making simple herb butter. It perfectly complements the Thanksgiving roasted turkey, especially when used under the skin for a burst of flavor.
Storing and Freezing Instructions
Once you’ve prepared the steak butter, you have the option to store it in the refrigerator or freeze it for later use. If you choose to freeze it, ensure it is wrapped properly to prevent freezer burn. It can be kept in the freezer for approximately 6 months.
NOTE: Some individuals prefer to store butter at room temperature. Generally, it is safe to keep butter at room temperature for a couple of days as long as the room temperature remains below 70°F. However, if the temperature rises above that threshold, the butter may start to melt. If you don’t intend to use it within 2-3 days, refrigeration or freezing is the best course of action.