Marrow, Parm, & Thyme Compound Butter

Marrow, Parm, & Thyme Compound Butter

A fool I’ve been! All this time, serving regular butter with bread! Ben Greenfield is always talking about how his family spreads bone marrow on bread, and it got me thinking I had to give it a try. My first attempt at serving it was to guests right from the bone. They  may have been a little freaked out! This time, I decided to add it to a compound butter, and it was devoured by everyone!

What really inspired me to add marrow to butter, was a deli called Empire Provisions here in Calgary. They do really cool things with meat, and they also make a blue cheese and marrow compound butter…can you imagine this on steak?! I wanted to do something a little softer in flavour to spread on sourdough and eat with soup. I have a bit of a thing for thyme…every time I cook with it, I just have to take a big whiff. Apparently, its aroma has a calming effect which I really do believe is true! Maybe I should start stuffing it under Wilder’s bed sheets…hmmmm. Parm…we pretty much always have a giant slab of parmesan cheese in the fridge. It has great umami flavour and is said to improve digestion and gut health. So in case you’re wondering, this is most definitely a guilt-free health food. 



This recipe is so quick and easy, but of course, doing something new for the first time is always a little intimidating. Roasting the bones doesn’t take long, but will require some careful attention to ensure you don’t overcook the bones as this can risk the marrow melting out of them. I did this for the first time, for fear that I’d under cook them. When done, the marrow will puff up a bit, and you’ll also see some darkness seeping out of them.

Roasted bones for marrow which is being used to make marrow butter and thyme compound butter
Marrow, Parm, & Thyme Compound Butter

Marrow, Parm & Thyme Compound Butter

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup (approximately)
  • Category: Pantry


This is so quick and easy to make, you’ll never want to serve regular butter with bread again!


4 marrow bones (about 2 inches high)

1/2 cup softened butter

1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 450°F. Place bones cut side down on a roasting pan, and place in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the marrow looks slightly puffed and is no longer pink. You can insert a metal skewer through the middle, and test the temperature on your wrist (it should be hot), and there should be no resistance as the skewer is inserted. 


Scoop the marrow out, and allow to cool. 


Add butter, marrow, parmesan cheese, and thyme to an electric mixer or food processor. Beat on medium speed until smooth. 


Enjoy right away, or store in the fridge for later. 

Keywords: butter, marrow, thyme, parmesan cheese, compound butter, spreads, bread, snacks, quick, easy, healthy

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