MAKE GARLIC BUTTER MEDALLIONS || THEY’RE GREAT WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING

Creamy, delicious garlic butter medallions will take your favorite dishes to the next level. They are perfect to make ahead and have on hand in the freezer to enhance your cooking on demand.

garlic butter medallions being served on a cutting board

They take only minutes to make. And they look beautiful, making them a great condiment to serve when you have guests for dinner.

Today, I’m going to teach you how to make 3 different flavored butter medallions. With just these three flavors alone you will have a tasty butter medallion to add to all of the savory dishes in your recipe arsenal.

Ingredients Needed For This Recipe

There are only four ingredients needed to make each of the garlic butter medallions in this post, five if you choose to roast the garlic as I did.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need …

  • OLIVE OIL – This ingredient is only necessary if you choose to roast the garlic in this recipe. I really enjoy roasted garlic, so I roasted a batch to make my butter medallions.
  • GARLIC – Any garlic will work in this recipe. But if you are able to get your hands on a good quality, homegrown garlic that is the best route to go.
  • BUTTER – A good quality butter is the way to go for this recipe, farm fresh is preferred.
  • SALT – If you use salted butter you do not have to add any salt to this recipe. If you use unsalted butter adding salt is highly recommended.
  • DRIED DILL, CAYENNE, OR MUSTARD POWDER – Good quality spices will make a noticeable difference in the end result of this recipe.

How To Make Garlic Butter Medallions

Preparing Ahead Of Time

If you are roasting the garlic for your garlic butter medallions you will want to do that ahead of time. You can also crush your roasted garlic with a fork ahead of time so that it is completely ready to go.

roasted garlic on a cutting board

It is also important to be sure that the butter that you are using for this recipe is very soft before you start to make it. If you are able to leave it out to come to room temperature that is your best bet.

I did not have time to do that when making the butter medallions for this post. So, I placed the butter in a bowl and put it in the oven with the light on to soften it up.

It worked beautifully. But, if you choose to do this, pay close attention as some oven lights are warm enough that they will melt the butter. And you don’t want to use melted butter.

Once your garlic is roasted and crushed, and your butter is soft, you’re ready to put this tasty condiment together.

Making The Medallions

Simply place the softened butter in a bowl, add in the garlic, salt, and spice, and mix everything together well.

You can blend this recipe together in a food processor or with an electric mixer, if you prefer. An electric mixer will make the end product fluffier than a food processor will.

I typically mix it together by hand, using a fork. I have no compelling reason to share with you for why I do it this way. It is just my personal preference.

I have a tendency to do things completely by hand in the kitchen when I can. It brings me great pleasure.

Shaping And Freezing The Medallions

Once the butter mixture is blended well, you will lay it out on a piece of plastic wrap.

woman putting compound butter on plastic wrap

You will then fold the wrap over the butter and use your hands to form it into a log shape. And then you’ll twist the ends of the plastic wrap together to create a seal.

woman rolling compound butter in plastic wrap

The logs can then be placed in the freezer to solidify. When they are solid you can remove them from the freezer, unwrap them, and cut them in medallion shaped pieces to serve them.

Substitutions For This Recipe

Garlic butter medallions can be made in just about any flavor you can imagine. The three variations that I made for this post are very simple. They are seasoned with just roasted garlic and one other spice.

seasonings and garlic bulbs on a cutting board

However, you can add as many spices as you like. Consider using oregano, rosemary, chives, red pepper flakes, scallions, basil, or paprika to flavor your butter medallions.

Or add ingredients besides spices, like; lemon juice, worchestershire sauce, red or white wine, soy sauce, and grated parmesan cheese.

Or you can pass over the savory ingredients and use something more suited to sweet foods. Honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange zest, lemon zest, or vanilla extract are all good choices for this.

How To Store Garlic Butter Medallions

If you plan to use your garlic butter within a 10-15 day time frame you can simply place it in the refrigerator to store it. It will stay good for at least this long, likely longer.

garlic herb medallion rolls laid out on a cutting board

I have done this many times with great success. As a matter of fact, it is the only way that I’ve ever stored my garlic butter in the past. I will be freezing the batches that I’ve made for this post.

My understanding is that this condiment freezes very well. And I feel confident passing that information on to you, as I know that plain butter freezes beautifully.

To freeze your butter medallions, simply take the frozen logs of plastic wrapped butter in a ziploc baggie and keep them in the freezer.

The baggie will provide an extra layer of protection to keep them from getting freezer burnt.

They will store this way for 6-9 months.

When you want to use some of this tasty condiment all you have to do is remove it from the freezer, unwrap the plastic wrap from it, and slice it into medallion shaped pieces.

I’ve already discovered that it slices beautifully, and makes a very attractive addition to any table.

How To Serve Garlic Butter Medallions

I chose the flavors for the garlic butter medallions I made for this post with the intention of having flavors that are well-suited for veggies, seafood, and meat.

compound butter mixture in a bowl to make garlic butter medallions

While they are certainly interchangeable, my intention is to use the cayenne flavored butter for veggies, the dill flavored butter for seafood, and the mustard flavored butter for meat.

I would use any one of them to make garlic bread, season a pasta dish, or slather over a piece of corn on the cob.

And they may find their way into a variety of potato dishes as well. Additionally, it seems inevitable that at least one of them will find itself spread on a slice of toast. Or used to make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.

If you decide to make a sweet version of butter medallions, you can enjoy it on pancakes, french toast, or waffles. Or spread it over a scone or a piece of sweet bread to give them a little extra burst of flavor.

Giving Butter Medallions As Gifts

With the holidays just around the corner, I’m considering making a few batches of garlic butter medallions to give away as gifts. I imagine anyone would be excited to receive this tasty, versatile condiment over the holiday season.

garlic butter medallions sliced on a cutting board

Butter medallions could be gifted with a loaf of homemade bread or a box of specialty crackers. Or it could be given in small mason jars, as opposed to medallion form, with a bag of gourmet popping corn.

I think it would be received warmly if gifted in small mason jars with a batch of fresh scones, a basket of homemade muffins, or a batch of fresh made biscuits as well.

Taking a moment to handwrite a recipe card for the butter medallions you gift would be effortless. And it would make the gift just a bit more special.

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Yield: 8 servings

BUTTER GARLIC MEDALLIONS

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

Creamy, delicious garlic butter medallions will take your favorite dishes to the next level. They are perfect to make ahead and have on hand in the freezer to enhance your cooking on demand.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz butter, unsalted, softened, farm fresh preferred
  • 6 cloves garlic, roasted and crushed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • YOUR CHOICE OF ...
  • 1 tbls cayenne powder
  • 1 tbls dried dill
  • 3 tbls mustard powder

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together well.
  2. Lay ingredients out on a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a log form as best you can as you place them on the wrap.
  3. Use the wrap to roll them into a log form.
  4. Roll the wrap around the log.
  5. Place in the freezer and freeze until solid.
  6. Place them in a freezer baggie for long term storage.
  7. Remove from the freezer and slice into medallions as you need them.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 11/9/2022. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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