Butter Boards are all the rage in food trends right now! They are an easier, slightly more interesting version of a charcuterie board, and the perfect appetizer for the holidays, or even a last minute get together!
What is a Butter Board?
A butter board is a fancy way of serving butter. Butter is slathered on a serving tray (usually a wooden serving plank), then topped with herbs and seasonings. Bread and crackers are swirled in the butter, or guests can use a knife to spread the butter on them.
How to Create a Butter Board
There are loads of ways you can serve a butter board, but no matter your method, we recommend covering your serving tray with parchment paper to keep it clean (butter is greasy and can cause quite a mess). The only requirement to making a butter board is softened butter so it spreads easily. Leave butter out for about an hour on the counter before getting down to business.
Need softened butter in a hurry? Most microwaves have a softening setting if you forget to leave yours out on the counter to soften, or use one of these methods from the Food Network.
Slather the butter onto the parchment paper (I find using the back of a spoon works best!). You can get fancy and swirl it if you like! I added roasted garlic directly onto the butter and pressed it in to infuse the flavor.
You can flavor your butter to your liking, the possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas.
- Roasted Garlic, Lemon & Parsley
- Sun-dried Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella
- Cilantro, Lime & Queso Blanco
- Pomegranate, Rosemary & Honey
- Hot Honey, Sharp White Cheddar & Roasted Garlic
If you are really into aesthetics, try some edible flowers!
For food safety purposes, we recommend following these guidelines , but to be safe- we really recommend making this right before serving, and if you can’t, just refrigerate it to be safe. Keep in mind the seasonings/herbs you’re using for flavoring if you leave your butter board out on the counter and that those ingredients perhaps need to be refrigerated as well. When in doubt, follow the USDA guidelines for food safety.
If you love charcuterie adjacent recipes, here’s a few more we think you’ll like.
- Homemade Boursin Cheese
- Artisanal Crackers with Rosemary and Olive Oil
- Quick Pickled Onions
- Prosciutto Wrapped Appetizer with Apples & Cheese
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- 2 sticks of butter (softened) (salted or unsalted, chef's choice)
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1/4 tsp large flakey sea salt
- 1/4 cup roasted garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- Spread 2 sticks of butter onto parchment lined serving tray (or wooden plank). Smash roasted garlic into butter and spread as desired.
- Sprinkle lemon zest, salt, pepper, and parsley on top of butter.
- Serve as desired and enjoy .