On a picnic morning
Without a warning
I looked at you
And somehow I knew…

— The McGuire Sisters

Beurre Composé, Compound Butter,
Hotel Butter, Cowboy Butter

Compound Butter and CornbreadThey are different names for the same type of flavor enhancer. In classic French cuisine, beurre composé is considered a sauce itself and also is used to finish sauces right before serving. In Southern states it is known as cowboy butter, because it is “simple enough for any cowboy to make.” Softened butter is simply mixed or whipped with herbs, spices, and liquids. Reshape it in plastic wrap, refrigerate to solidify, rewrap in parchment paper, and keep in a fridge for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 6 months.

To Whip or To Mix?

Frozen whipped butter is easier to slice and it melts faster. All butters with liquid or puree flavoring ingredients have to be whipped for perfect emulsification. Finely chopped ingredients are better to be mixed in, obviously. Spices and dehydrated herbs and vegetables don’t need any additional care. Fresh greens have to be quickly blanched before chopping. When I need 2 or 3 portions of compound butter, I use my frozen herbs leftovers. It is easy to puree 2-3 tbsp frozen herbs and some kosher salt with mortar and pestle.

Spread It and Melt It on Everything

Melt savory butters on blanched vegetables, grilled steaks, fried fish, sautéed shrimp, steamed sweet potatoes, bakes Russet potatoes, grilled fresh corn, cooked rice, pasta, grits… continue? Melt sweet spiced butter (instructions, #3) on hot pancakes, on slice of freshly baked corn bread. Mix it in your breakfast oatmeal or and other porridge, pumpkin or squash puree. Core, stuff, and bake whole apples with this butter. I bet you’ll find many good uses for it.

Compound Miso Butter Sandwiches with Radiches and Cucucmbers
Pace Band Park: Blubonnets

What picnics have to do with compound butters? Spread a thin layer of miso compound butter on Central Market’s Seedsation bread, layer thinly sliced radishes or/and cucumbers, and compose sandwiches. Take this sandwiches, your family and friends, and go to admire bluebonnets in Pace Band Park. Don’t forget your camera!

Picnic Sandwiches

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: condiment, cucumber, lycooking, lyukum cooking lab, miso, radish, recipe, spread, vegetables
Servings: 6 portions


for miso compound butter

  • 113 g butter
  • 3 tbsp red miso

for sandwiches

  • 12 slices bread Central Market's "Seadsation", sliced 1/8" thin
  • 12 tsp miso butter
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 cucumber English


for miso butter

  • Soften butter in room temperature. Add miso paste and mix well using silicone spatula. Shape in plastic wrap and refrigerate to solidify.

for sandwiches

  • Wash and thinly slice radishes.
  • Wash and thinly slice cucumbers.
  • Spread a thin layer of miso butter on sliced bread. Place coins of radishes and cucumbers on top. Make sandwiches. Keep refrigerated or in cooler till ready to eat.


The idea of butter and radish sandwiches comes from Californian friend and wonderful cook — Nelly. Thank you!
The idea of miso compound butter comes from my other Californian friend and wonderful mother of two boys — Lena. Her sons helped her in the kitchen since they were babies. Thank you!
The idea to combine these two ideas is mine.
Picnic sandwiches are also good with herbs flavored soft cheese instead of compound butter.
Picnic Sandwiches