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When the need for connection and togetherness hits, the solution is simple! Grab a great bottle of wine and some delicious snacks for a night of laid-back, summer relaxation with friends and family. And with Bacon Blue Cheese Compound Butter in the fridge a great time over Grilled Oysters Rockefeller and fabulous wine is a breeze, any day of the week!
Crumbled bacon, flavorful blue cheese and garlicky spinach stirred into creamy butter with a splash of hot sauce and a squeeze of lemon. This Bacon Blue Cheese Compound Butter makes it easy to serve up impressive grilled oysters with the classic flavor of oysters Rockefeller. Whether you’re at a backyard picnic, beachside bbq or bringing the flavors of summertime indoors during the cold winter months.
Compound butter: big flavor fast
Make up a big batch of Bacon Blue Cheese Compound Butter and keep it in the freezer for easy flavorful cooking whenever you need it. Compound butters are perfect for on the go eating when you want to pack light. Slather on bread and crackers or top your grilled seafood, meats and veggies with it! Or, simply use compound butters at home to get dinner on the table fast like this 10 Minute Lemon Salmon Rice Bowl.
Similarly, Bacon Blue Cheese Compound Butter is just as perfect for topping oysters grilled on the half shell beachside as it is for making Baked Oysters Rockefeller for your love on Valentine’s Day. Either way with a bottle of The Dreaming Tree Wine, some fresh seafood and this compound butter you’re all set for a great time with your people.
The Dreaming Tree Wines
The Dreaming Tree offers wines that are perfect for summer occasions with varietals for all group gatherings (whether large or small) to enjoy. Backed by Dave Matthews (YES, THAT Dave Matthews) and winemaker Sean McKenzie who together had a desire to create high quality California wines that are accessible to wine lovers everywhere. With a goal of affordable, delicious wine, a commitment to sustainability and an understanding of the value of collaboration, Dreaming Tree Wines make it easy to feel good about the wines you serve to your loved ones.
Bringing People Together
I have been a HUGE Dave Matthews fan since 1994. His music has played a huge role in so many of my summer memories. It was the first concert my husband and I went to together. And my mom was always playing Dave Matthews music in the house or on the car stereo. She would use his yearly concerts as an excuse to gather up her friends for sunshine, music and memories.
Growing up my Mom always had something planned. Whether it be a trip with friends, a concert with family or just a trip to the park and out to dinner. It was these times of connection and togetherness that she craved. And now that she’s gone I’ve realized that is her legacy; a love of connection and an ability to carve out time to enjoy life and experience all it has to give with all the people we share it with. And just like Mom, Dreaming Tree Wines were designed to bring people together for shared experiences.
They’re the perfect choice to bring along to your next get-together with family or friends. Whether that be a backyard BBQ or a concert in the park – they were made to be a part of your experiences.
In addition to helping me carry on my mom’s legacy of connectedness and togetherness, The Dreaming Tree Wines are helping to carry on our earth’s legacy. From the day their grapes are picked to the night their wines are enjoyed, Dreaming Tree is making changes that make a difference. With 100% recycled kraft paper labels, quarter-pound lighter recyclable glass bottles and their support of environmental organizations like Living Land and Waters and The Wilderness Society, Dreaming Tree is committed to sustainability.
I bought both Dreaming Tree Crush and Dreaming Tree Chardonnay at my local grocery store but I have also found them at my drug and supercenter stores. To find where you can buy it – visit their website and type in your zip code. It’s easy!
Quick and Easy Grilled Oysters Rockefeller Recipe
Just because this is a two part recipe, it doesn’t mean it’s complicated. Promise.
Start by whipping up a big batch of Bacon Blue Cheese Compound Butter. And store this flavorful mix in your fridge or freezer until the chance for easy summer entertaining arises. Then, simply grab the butter out of the freezer to whip up Grilled Oysters Rockefeller in seconds.
Compound butters are really like a make-ahead solid sauce that you can pack to any occasion which is one of the reasons why I love to have this Oysters Rockefeller inspired compound butter stocked in my freezer over the summer. It makes it so simple to head to the park for a picnic, the forest for a wood-fired feast or to the beach for a delicious seafood bbq with friends. Adding big flavor to all your summer entertaining occasions without big effort!
- 2 cups unsalted butter 1 pound
- 4 slices peppered bacon
- ½ cup blue cheese crumbled
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium scallion whites and greens chopped
- 1 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach thawed, drained, and pressed to remove all the liquid
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice from 1 small lemon
- 2 dashes hot sauce or to taste
- Cook bacon slices in a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat until crispy. Remove and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and pour out all but 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings.
- Add garlic and scallion to skillet. When the garlic is fragrant, after about 30 seconds add red pepper flakes and spinach.
- Cook until spinach is warmed through and coated with garlic bacon grease. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.
- Chop bacon slices and add to spinach in bowl with lemon juice and hot sauce. Cover and chill to cool.
- Once cool, whip bacon spinach mixture with butter until combined. Then gently stir in blue cheese.
- Divide in half and spoon onto two sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper then roll into two compact logs. Twist the ends to seal and place in the fridge to firm up before using.
- 1 dozen small oysters in the shell
- ½ cup bacon blue cheese compound butter
- Light a charcoal fire or preheat your gas grill on high. Oil the grill’s cooking surface. Let the coals burn down to a medium-hot fire or adjust the gas grill burners to medium.
- Place oysters, whole in shell, on hot grill and cook for about 5 minutes, until shells begin to bubble and steam and slightly pop open.
- Loosen oysters from their half shell for easier eating but keep them in the shells. Using gloves or a towel to insulate hands, remove an oyster shell from grill, and while holding in gloved hand, place shucking blade into crack opening and twist to open the shell. Pull open shell, and run blade on top of connecting muscle to release oyster from the top half of shell. Reserve as much of the internal juices as you can, and place half shell back on grill. Repeat with remaining oysters.
- Top with Bacon Blue Cheese Compound butter and allow to continue cooking until butter is sizzling and blue cheese is soft.
- Remove the oysters to a platter and serve with lemon wedges, if desired. Or, eat straight off the grill!
Feeling particularly fancy? Place a fresh spinach leaf between each oyster and it’s shell. Then, top with bacony butter, more bacon chunks and blue cheese crumbles.
But, really the compound butter is all you need. The perfect mix of savory, citrusy, spicy and umami, it complements so many things. And, since Bacon Blue Cheese Compound Butter keeps for days in the fridge and months in the freezer it makes cooking up an impressive, classy meal quick and easy! Whether you sauté it with clams, dollop it on fish, coat vegetables with it, smear it on bread, or top oysters with it for Grilled Oysters Rockefeller, cooking with compound butter leaves more time for enjoying your people, your surroundings and delicious The Dreaming Tree Wines.
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