Grilling up a homemade meal is a classic way to show appreciation to loved ones at backyard barbecues. This summer, as you enjoy grilling steak, one of the most popular meals for a cookout, try adding an extra touch of flavor with this Smoky Bacon, Chive and Shallot Butter. 

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Smoky Bacon, Chive and Shallot Butter

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks

Cook time: 25 minutes

Rest time: 30 minutes

Servings: 10


4          ounces bacon, coarsely chopped


2          sticks unsalted butter, divided


1          small shallot, minced


3          tablespoons chives, finely chopped


1          teaspoon apple cider vinegar


kosher salt, to taste

 freshly ground pepper, to taste

In small sauté pan, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally until browned and crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to small bowl.

 Cut 1 stick butter into pieces. Add pieces to drippings and cook, stirring often, until butter foams and browns, about 5-8 minutes.

Strain mixture into medium bowl or bowl of stand mixer. Stir in minced shallot.

Allow bacon fat-butter mixture to cool 30 minutes, or until it reaches room temperature.

 Add remaining stick butter to bacon fat mixture. Using hand mixer or stand mixer, beat until light and fluffy. Add chives, vinegar and reserved bacon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 Place butter mixture in refrigerator and allow to firm slightly. Butter can be made up to 3 days in advance. Remove from refrigerator 1 hour prior to serving to allow butter to soften.


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