I’ve officially found the secret to every man’s heart: bacon butter.
Because there are few things in this world more lovable than bacon or butter. Combine the two and you’ve got the most delicious spread for your toast, veggies and steaks alike. I know it may seem glutinous, and you’re probably judging me right now, but that’s only because you haven’t tried this bacon butter yet…
So grab your food processor and let’s make your new favorite kitchen staple!
How To Make Bacon Butter
There’s no recipe easier than homemade bacon butter. To throw this stuff together, it’s literally as simple as:
- Cooking the bacon
- Allowing it to cool slightly on a paper towel lined plate
- Toss all your ingredients into the processor
- Processing until the ingredients have combined to your liking
The trickiest part is cooking the bacon — excuse this section if you’re already a bacon cooking pro. As much bacon as I cook, I still manage to burn a batch every once and awhile. The trick is to cook it over medium heat, and keep a careful eye on your pan.
Alternatively, you can cook the bacon in the oven or microwave!
How To Eat Bacon Butter
Bacon butter is an American take on compound butter… which is basically herbs, spices or aromatic liquids whipped into butter. Use it in place of regular butter wherever you see fit!
The obvious vehicle for our butter is a fluffy biscuit, or take it a step further with bacon butter jam biscuits — I love slathering low carb biscuits with a generous serving! I also butter my breakfast toast with this butter instead of regular. Eggs + bacon butter are a match made in heaven. (check out my low carb bread recipe if you’re sticking to low carb foods!)
For those concerned with how glutinous this butter is, try spreading it over your favorite grilled veggies, or adding a chunk to the pan before you saute them.
How about a slab of this butter on steak? At this point, I truly hope you’re not judging me…
Add it to any dish that requires butter, but would benefit from a serious bacon upgrade 🙂
How To Store Your Butter
I hate wasting food, and the thought of wasting something as precious as this butter would truly kill me! So, I freeze what I won’t eat within a few days of making this butter. To do this:
- Place a dollop of your butter into each cell of a clean ice cube tray, and place the tray into the freezer.
- After the butter has frozen, remove the “butter cubes” and place them in a labeled ziplock bag
Next time you need butter and bacon, just place it in the fridge for a few hours before you’d like to use it! Since I have yet to find a place to buy bacon butter, it’s great to have it in the freezer ready to use!
Compound Butter Variations
Get creative with your butter, and add whatever ingredients you think will complement your low carb recipes! Here are some ideas:
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- Jalapenos — use very little at first!
- Maple syrup — since I wanted keep this bacon butter keto friendly, I skipped this ingredient.
- Bourbon — with maple syrup? Yes please!
- Different Herbs — Add cilantro, thyme, rosemary, whatever combination of flavors would compliment your dish!
- Bacon fat butter — Add a tablespoon of bacon fat to the butter for a more spreadable combo.
You can also make bacon flavored butter with coconut oil…
If you’re looking for a paleo way to enjoy this treat, swap butter for coconut oil. Use refined coconut oil if you’d prefer your recipe to taste less coconut-y.
If you’d like to treat this like a bacon compound butter instead of a spread, wrap your butter in plastic wrap and roll it into a log. Then place your butter in the fridge until it set, and slice the butter as needed!
Bacon Butter Recipe
You guys are going to LOVE this bacon butter recipe! Let me know what you think in the comments below! Also, tell me how you used it, so we can all get inspired 🙂
- 8-10 Slices Bacon I use 9 — depends on how much bacon flavor you'd like
- 1/2 Cup Butter softened
- 12 Chive "sprigs"
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat.
- Once cooked, place bacon on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess grease.
- Add bacon, butter and chives to a food processor.
- Using 1 second intervals, "pulse" the butter ingredients together until the chives and bacon have reached your desired size — make sure to clean the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula every few pulses.
- Store butter in the fridge, and enjoy!
- I like to use this butter within 3 days due to the fresh chives.
I freeze excess butter in an ice cube tray, then pop the ice cubes into small baggies for future use.
- Nutritional information is based on 1/16 of this recipe — which will vary depending on how much bacon you use. For me, it came out to about 1 tablespoon of butter. For most accurate nutrition, divide the butter into servings before eating it 🙂