So, how do I do it? It's delicious and adds a bit of class. Any suggestions as to what I should compose it out of?

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    You mean just a curl of butter? There are gadgets out there that will shape the butter for you... they're called butter curlers. If that's not what you mean, you may need to be a bit more specific.
    – Catija
    Jan 28, 2015 at 21:49
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    Are you asking for a recipe for flavoured butter? Or are you asking for a technique to shape it? Or both? I'd suggest roasted garlic + butter + parsley, rolled up into a log/cylinder, refrigerated and then a slice cut before service.
    – talon8
    Jan 28, 2015 at 22:37
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    Yeah, are you talking about a curl or quenelle? A compound butter? Help?
    – SourDoh
    Jan 28, 2015 at 22:40
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    I had no idea that "quenelle" had a name... a fancy restaurant we go to shapes their in-house ice cream like that. Learn something new ;)
    – Catija
    Jan 28, 2015 at 22:44

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I believe you're referring to a compound butter. They usually contain butter and herbs such as sage, parsley, rosemary, thyme, etc., salt, and occasionally lemon, pepper and/or garlic.

For steak it might also include a strongly flavored soft cheese such as a blue cheese such as Gorgonzola or Stilton (my favorite, but my wife hates it).

For example:

Alton Brown's Compound Butter

Bobby Flay's Blue Cheese Butter

Culinary Arts Herb Butter for Steak

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