Cowboy Butter


If you’ve never checked out, it’s worth a peek. It’s a food website with recipes, but with interesting, I guess supposedly catchy headlines, like “86 Most Delish Baked Chicken Dinners,” and “135 Most Delish Holiday Desserts.”

Personally I wouldn’t be tempted to look through 86 chicken recipes, or 135 desserts, but somebody must! The website seems popular, and there is a tab for Delish Kids as well, which is smart. Although, “21 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Making Breakfast?” Just put them in the kitchen!

Nevertheless, I came across, in some random way, a recipe for Cowboy Butter from the website.

According to the website, the idea of “Cowboy Butter” came from a little restaurant in New York City called Mr. Donahue’s.

My world changed after I dunked a piece of prime rib into the herb-speckled butter, and the wheels really started turning once I realized everything on my plate — crispy potatoes, Parker house roll, and even mac and cheese — tasted good with it.

Well it certainly appealed to me as well, and I knew the next time I grilled steaks, I’d have to make this magic butter.

Cowboy Butter
Printable recipe below

1 cup butter, melted
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small shallot, minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives
2 teaspoons minced thyme
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice, garlic, shallot, mustard, horseradish, cayenne and paprika. Whisk to combine.

Stir in the parsley, chives and thyme.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve warmed.

Whoever came up with this stuff was right. I started not only dipping the steak into the butter, but also the green beans.

Good stuff. That’s all I can say.

I can see it drizzled over grilled meats of any kind, plus seafood like shrimp, crab, and scallops.

Or, over grilled vegetables or baked potatoes. The possibilities are endless.

Make some – you’ll love it!


65 thoughts on “Cowboy Butter

  1. Mimi, this does sound “delish.” I always make a pan sauce with my steaks, but I could train my husband in the art of cooking steak in a pan (without the added task of making a pan sauce), make this ahead of time, ready for him to warm up, and have a night off! :-)

    • Definitely. I only cook steaks in a pan. Pan sauce is wonderful, but a pain if you’re only cooking for two, so I do it rarely. I can’t imagine anyone being unhappy with this butter instead of a reduction!

  2. You realize you’ve just ruined my “diet” goals for 2018, right?! Butter. I’d be happily buried in it!

    • Well join the group! I’d be okay if I didn’t blog! It’s good stuff. Love your new photo! Did you have a blast in London?

      • Yes thank you! It was a big beautiful blur and I neeeeeeeeeed to go back! I tried the mulled wine (yum) and had hot wine in Paris. (Double yum).

  3. I saw your post on Instagram and was intrigued. This sounds amazing. Definitely will be trying this. How do you set up a printable recipe? I was thinking I need to start incorporating that into my posts but no idea how to do that.

    • oh brother. well it’s not set up how I’d like it to be but it’s a start. I looked in widgets and this was one of two that I found – the other didn’t work! it’s very awkward but i’m stuck with it until I hook up online with a WP tech helper! Wish I could help!

  4. Omg! I can’t wait for another second to try these out. An absolute delish. Where there is garlic and butter, there is a way. ;) Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh dear…this could really start trouble. How you going to get people to leave the kitchen table, once they have tasted this butter. :D

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