Blue Cheese & Walnut Compound Butter with Red Wine
This creamy, rich compound butter packs a punch, complemented by the robust flavors from The Cleaver’s Red Blend wine, zippy shallots and garlic, fruity olive oil, and fragrant herbs redolent of California’s Wine Country. The assertive blue cheese cries out for Herb Cured Grilled Filet Mignon and other grilled meats like turkey burgers. Or, melt a dollop on baked potatoes. Smear some softened butter on a baguette, bagel or artisan roll, and then stuff it with sliced smoked ham, chicken, roast beef, or turkey. Sandwich it with ripe apples or pears and arugula on healthy wholegrain breads or gluten free buns for a vegetarian option, or add a touch to plain pasta for a quick, zesty side dish.
In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium low. Add shallots and garlic. Cook until soft, stirring about 1-2 minutes. Add the Balsamic vinegar and wine. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until volume is reduced by half, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Once cool, put the reduced wine mixture and remaining ingredients in the food processor and pulse until blended. Spread half of the butter on two pieces of parchment paper 15“ x 8“, in a thin strip (about 10-12 inches in length on the longest side of the parchment). Roll the end with the butter towards the opposite end of the parchment into a log. Repeat process, forming another log
Either freeze for 20 minutes or refrigerate for an hour or until firm enough to slice in 1/3” coins for serving. To store leftover butter, wrap in plastic film, and keep in the freezer. Can be stored up to one month frozen and one week if refrigerated.
*If you don’t like blue cheese, the recipe is still delicious without it. If you love blue cheese, you can easily double the amount in the recipe.
Serving on grilled foods
If frozen, thaw compound butter overnight in the refrigerator. Remove compound butter from refrigerator once thawed. Roll the small log in toasted, chopped walnuts. Slice 1/3” thick per person. Place immediately on warm-from-the-grill steaks, burgers, or other grilled meats and veggies.
Use on sandwiches
Spread one coin of compound butter onto slice of bread, and sprinkle 1 Tbs of toasted, chopped walnuts over butter and finish by adding your favorite sandwich fillings.
Use on side dishes
Toss a coin of compound butter on baked potatoes, pasta or risotto. Garnish with toasted, chopped walnuts.