Have too much Summer pesto on hand? Make delicious compound butter in minutes! Slice and add to just-off-the-grilled local swordfish ~ melts into a dreamy sauce.
Slow Roasted Vegetables make everything it touches taste better.
I add minced shallots, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper to roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes and heirloom peppers whose natural sweetness brightens when slow roasted.
Makes a great side dish, or even a topping for thick toasted bread slices… bruschetta. I’m serving it under the swordfish for a healthy and gluten free meal.
Compound butters: French: beurre composé, are mixtures of butter and supplementary ingredients. Primarily, they are used to enhance flavor in various dishes, in a fashion similar to a sauce. Keep frozen and slice when using.
Living in Connecticut, Local Swordfish is most plentiful in July, August and September. The Local Catch delivers just caught fish from New England to my local farmers’ market in Greenwich each Saturday. They sell seafood caught by their fisherman friends around the region. How fabulous to pair off-the-boat fish with a bounty of farm fresh vegetables!
In this recipe you will explore a few recipes: Pesto Compound Butter, Grilling Fresh Swordfish, Slow Roasting Heirloom Vegetables – and how to make them special with a few extra add-ins (add warm pasta for a heartier dish.)
Other Flavoring Ideas for Compound Butter:
~ Use these Slow Roasted Vegetables, mince the mixture and add to butter with minced fresh herbs of your choice.
~ Jalapeño Lime Butter
~ Roasted Garlic and Chives
~ Blackened Hatch Chili with Smoked Paprika
~ Roasted Zucchini with their blossoms
~ Honey (or Maple) Cinnamon Butter (can add toasted nuts)
~ Blueberry Lavender, try other fruits such as peaches, apricots and strawberries. Use minced fresh fruit AND add pulverized dehydrated fruit for and extra layer of flavor and brighter color.
Enjoy these flavors of summer!
See RECIPE: Pesto Compound Butter over Grilled Swordfish with Slow-Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Peppers