Chili Honey Butter

Chili honey butter. Need I say more? It’s actually dangerous to keep this condiment around because you will find yourself buttering your toast with it, frying up eggs with a bit of it melted in the pan, not to mention making home fries, too. And that’s just breakfast. It can also be used to sauté green beans and carrots, to brush on grilled fish, even to baste a whole chicken for roasting. The possibilities are endless.–Padma Lakshmi

LC Compound Interest Note

This sensational, couldn’t-be-simpler schmear of sweet and spice—a simple mash of everyday ingredients—is actually a classic culinary trick. It goes by the technical term “compound butter.” While we imagine the term “compound” comes from the potential for varied ingredients, it also sorta describes the compound interest it brings to what’s on the table. Slathered on cornbread, biscuits, bagels, pancakes, waffles, scones, and the like. Smeared on steak. Dabbed atop steamed vegetables.  Heaped on toasted hamburger buns. Dolloped onto roasted sweet potatoes (or for that matter, roasted russets). Lavished upon corn on the cob. Melted over popcorn. Even bestowed upon naan. (Though in that last instance, perhaps you ought to consider using ghee?)

Chili Honey Butter Recipe

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  • Makes about 1/2 cup


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt to taste


  • 1. In a blender, a food processor, or a bowl with a fork, combine the butter, honey, cayenne, and salt until a smooth, messy mixture forms.
  • 2. Spoon the chili honey butter into a resealable container of some sort and keep it in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks–though chances are you’ll need to make yourself a second batch long, long before then.
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