If you are looking for a compound butter for turkey to make the juiciest flavorful bird on the street than this is the recipe for you.
Fresh herbs garlic and seasoning whipped into a rich compound butter that you can use to stuff underneath the skin or slather it right overtop.
This compound butter is fantastic on turkey but its also great for chicken, fish and pork so it will come in handy for recipes all year long.
Ingredient List For Compound Butter for Turkey
Butter: You can’t make compound butter without butter, I use salted butter but unsalted butter works too. Just add a little extra kosher salt or chicken bouillon if you use unsalted butter.
Black Pepper: Use a case ground to fresh cracked black pepper instead of a powder or table grind.
Garlic: Use fresh chopped garlic instead of the jarred minced garlic. The flavor and texture is superior in every way.
Fresh Herbs: You can use any herbs you like to make this compound butter for turkey. I like the combination of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. It’s so good they wrote a some about it.
Lemon: Zest a lemon before juicing it to maximize the lemon flavor in this recipe
Worcestershire: This mysterious sauce just adds that little boost in recipes. Its my not so secret weapon in this recipe.
Should You apply the Compound butter underneath the skin or on top?
The easy answer is why not do both, The late great Anthony Bourdain once said “Im a chef not a cardiologist” so if you want to load up the bird with a little extra buttery goodness I say go for it.
I will mention that running your hand underneath the skin to separate the meat from the skin does help the skin get crisper so while you’re in there add a little butter.
Wont all the Compound Butter Melt off?
Most of the butter will melt off as the turkey cooks but as it does it will be collected in the pan which I highly recommend using to make gravy with.
As the butter melts it will sear the herbs and garlic into the skin holding it in place and it will help crisp the skin as well.
How To Store Compound Butter
After you make the butter you can leave it out at room temperature and use it for all of your other dishes like stuffing, green beans and mashed potatoes throughout the day.
Once your done you can roll the compound butter out into logs wrapped in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for about 2 months or freeze for up to 6 month
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Compound Butter For Turkey
- Let butter come to room temperature until completely soft.
- Chop all of your fresh herbs and garlic and add to the bowl along with butter and remaining ingredients.
- use a spatula to mash all the ingredients together so everything is well combined.