Butters, Sauces and Gravies

Sometimes it’s hard to get the fats in. Fats are a lever, meaning you don’t have to get them all in everyday, but they do help keep the hunger away. Here is some information on fats and why we need it.

One of my favorite ways to add fats is to add sauces, compound butters and gravies to my meals. Here are some simple and delicious ideas.

Butters –

Cowboy Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. freshly Chopped Parsley
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped chives
  • 2 tsp. minced thyme
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  2. Serve warm as a dipping sauce or pour over meats and vegetables

Pickle Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. dill pickle brine
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1/4 c. chopped dill pickles
  • 1 tbsp. chopped dill

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  2. Serve warm as a dipping sauce or pour over meats and vegetables

Ranch Butter

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients well until mix is well combined and smooth.
  2. Can be served soft or chilled, can be rolled up in saran wrap to form a log than can be sliced and used to top a steak or chicken.

Herbed Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄3 lb butter, at room temperature
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients well until mix is well combined and smooth.
  2. Can be served soft or chilled, can be rolled up in saran wrap to form a log than can be sliced and used to top a steak or chicken.

Gravies –

Blue Cheese Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet, over medium heat.
  2. You can cook your meat at this point (pork chops or chicken work well)
  3. Remove meat. Stir the whipping cream into the skillet, loosening any bits of meat stuck to the bottom.
  4. Stir in blue cheese. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and garlic.
  5. Pour sauce over warm meat.

Beef Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 2 C Beef Broth
  • 2 TBSP Butter
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • (Other seasonings to taste)

Instructions:

Just simmer/whisk until reduced to desired thickness

Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 sm Shallot, chopped
  • 1 C Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 C Beef Stock
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum

Instructions:

  • Whisk together the stock, Worcestershire Sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper in a cup.
  • Heat butter until melted. Sauté shallots and mushrooms until soft.
  • Add the liquid contents of the cup to the pan.
  • Continue cooking until the sauce is somewhat reduced.
  • Sprinkle xanthan gum over the top, then whisk into the sauce to thicken into a gravy

Universal Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Butter (add more if you are making a bigger batch)
  • 1-1.5 Cups of Heavy Cream (add in 1/2 c increments)
  • See below for seasoning ideas.

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan or skillet
  2. Add 1/2 cup of cream and stir until it starts to thicken
  3. Repeat until all cream is added
  4. Add more or less cream or other liquid based on flavor, quantity and consistency.

*Optional add ins – Add seasoning at least, butter and cream isn’t that tasty.

  • Bacon grease with or in place of the butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • White wine (best for veggies, chicken and fish)
  • Red wine (best for beef and veggies)
  • Parmesan – Fresh or grated
  • Cheddar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot sauce/Sriracha
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes – fresh, canned, or sun-dried
  • Chicken bouillon (I like the “better than bouillon” brand
  • Any other seasoning and herbs
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Cayenne

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