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One of the easiest ways to transform an ordinary dish into something truly sublime is with a simple preparation called "compound butter."

Known in French cuisine as Beurre Maître d'Hôtel and often referred to as "hotel butter,"
compound butter recipe
Compound butter: It's like butter, only better.
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compound butter is nothing more than ordinary butter with some sort of flavoring or seasoning ingredient — such as fresh herbs, chopped shallots or lemon juice — added to it. It's particularly delicious served atop a grilled strip steak.

So if you'd like an easy way to bring a classic touch to a familiar steak, grilled fish or vegetable dish, this Compound Butter Recipe might be just what you're looking for.

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