So I decided to make my own compound butter to go with a soft shell crab dish. I paired garlic with basil and decided that it would be a perfect complement to the dish. But you could use this with anything. It would be good with fish, chicken, or even just as a spread on bread. You can change what you make with the butter.
8 T butter - use good quality butter
8 garlic cloves
4 T chopped basil
1/2 t pepper
Let the butter come to room temperature. This can take up to an hour.
Mince the garlic well or use a garlic press. It should be very finely minced. Chop the basil and combine with the garlic.
Combine with the butter and the pepper.
Put the butter either in a container or wrapped in parchment paper. Put back into the fridge and let it harden back up. This could take upwards of another hour. And then it's all set!