Gorgonzola Shallot Butter

This compound butter is delicious on a grilled steak, sautéed chicken breast or pork chops. It's quick to make in a food processor or by hand as long as you've remembered to let your butter come to room temperature.

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What is a Compound Butter?

Simply put, a compound butter is butter combined with any number of other savory or sweet ingredients. (You can read all about how to make a compound butter here.) This recipe for Gorgonzola shallot butter is an easy way to dress up any grilled steak, chicken or pork chop by adding a zip of flavor that melts on top of the hot food, basting it and making a sauce in seconds. The best part of using a compound butter as a sauce is that you can do it way ahead of time.

Ingredients on a wooden cutting board - butter, lemon, gorgonzola cheese, shallots, vermouth, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley

Gorgonzola Butter

Topping a steak with blue cheese is nothing new – it’s a flavor combination that has made its way to steak house chains because of its popularity. So, making a blue cheese butter to go on steak makes perfect sense. The blue cheese in this recipe is Gorgonzola – an Italian blue cheese made in Gorgonzola, a town in metropolitan Milan. Depending on its age, Gorgonzola is often milder than many other blue cheeses – as it ages, it becomes more crumbly and stronger tasting. It’s not inexpensive, but a little goes a long way in this Gorgonzola butter. If you can’t find Gorgonzola at your cheese shop, look for another mild blue cheese to replace it. 

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Gorgonzola shallot butter in a food processor bowl.

How to Make a Compound Butter

The best tip I can give you for making a compound butter is to make sure you let your butter come to room temperature before you start. The butter needs to blend smoothly and easily and you’ll just be fighting an uphill battle if you try to rush things. Just let the butter come to room temperature first. Then, it’s really very easy, especially if you have a food processor. Just add all the ingredients – soften butter, cooked shallots, lemon zest, chopped parsley – and pulse together, making sure to scrape down the sides of the processor to get everything incorporated. You can make a compound butter by hand as well, but having room temperature butter is even more important when you’re relying on elbow grease to get all the ingredients mixed together. 

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Compound butter on a piece of plastic wrap before being rolled.

Roll It Up!

The goal after you have all the ingredients blended together is to shape it into a roll that can be sliced into a nice circle. Place the blended butter on a piece of plastic wrap and start rolling it up by folding once side of the plastic over the butter. Use the side of your hand or a bench scraper to push the butter into a log between the two piece of plastic wrap. Then, roll it tightly, twisting the ends of the plastic to force the butter into a log shape. You can see a video of how to roll up the butter here. Then, just chill the butter in the refrigerator or freezer. Alternately, you can pipe the blended butter into rosettes or other shapes on a piece of parchment paper and then freeze. 

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Compound butter rolled up in a log in plastic wrap.

How to Store

You’ll probably make more compound butter in one batch than you need for a meal, unless you’re feeding a crowd. Luckily, a compound butter stores really well and you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Otherwise, store the butter in the refrigerator for a week or two, slicing off portions as you need it.

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Gorgonzola shallot butter in a log on a cutting board with a few slices cut.

Before Serving

The key to being able to slice the butter into nice little circles is to bring the butter out of the refrigerator or freezer with enough time for it to soften. How long that takes depends on your room temperature, but about an hour is usually sufficient. Slice it into patties and serve at the table, or better yet, pop it on top of the grilled steak, chicken or pork chop while the meat is still hot so that the butter melts and bastes the food.

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A dinner plate with a baked potato, salad and a ribeye steak with compound butter on top.

What Goes with Gorgonzola Butter?

This Gorgonzola shallot butter is perfect for a simply grilled steak, but also works well with other meats. You can even use it to sauté mushrooms or other vegetables, serve it in a baked potato for a boost of flavor, or top some boiled broccoli or roasted asparagus with a patty. There are endless uses and once you’ve made a compound butter once, you’ll be able to vary the ingredients and make your own combinations, including this citrus herb butter.

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Gorgonzola Shallot Butter

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 3 m
  • Chilling Time: 1 h
  • Total Time: 1 h 18 m
  • Servings:
    8
    Makes ¾ Cup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature, divided
  • 1 clove garlic smashed
  • ¼ cup minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons sweet vermouth
  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and the smashed garlic clove in a small skillet. Add the shallots and sauté for 2 to 4 minutes, until they soften. Pour in the sherry, deglaze the pan and cook for another minute or two, until the liquid has reduced. Remove and discard the smashed garlic clove and set the shallots aside to cool completely.
  2. Place the remaining butter into a food processor and pulse a few times until the butter is smooth. Add the cooled shallots and Gorgonzola cheese and pulse until the ingredients are well-combined. Stir in the chopped parsley and lemon zest and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and spoon the compound butter onto the plastic wrap in a log shape. Fold the plastic wrap over the butter, squeezing out as much air as possible and roll it into a smooth log, wrapping the plastic wrap around the butter and twisting the ends shut. Chill for at least 1 hour or up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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