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Learn to create a mouthwatering Butter Board for your next gathering with our easy-to-follow recipe. Butter never tasted this good!
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Welcome to a world of buttery indulgence! Dive into the art of crafting a scrumptious butter board that will elevate your snacking and appetizer game. Whether you’re hosting a soiree or simply treating yourself, you’ll have a gourmet experience to delight your taste buds. From the creamiest butter to the most flavorful toppings, you’ll love this decadent spread.
Ingredients on a Butter Board
- Softened Butter – for the foundation of your board you’ll want to use a high quality brand of butter. I recommend Kerrygold Irish Butter. It is so creamy and delicious!
- Garlic – cloves roasted to perfection with olive oil
- Figs – plump and juicy with just a touch of sweetness, plus they look so pretty!
- Fig Butter – a velvety spread made from figs, you can also use fig jam
- Lemon Zest – a sprinkle of lemon zest adds a citrusy pop
- Honey – a golden drizzle of honey adds a touch of sweetness to the board
- Rosemary – fresh rosemary sprigs add a fragrant herbal note
- Bread for serving – bread is the perfect vessel for this buttery delight, I like sourdough, but any crusty bread will work, you can also use crackers
- Platter for serving – use a cutting board, cheese board, or marble slab for the backdrop
Origins of the Butter Board
The idea of butter boards came from Chef Josh McFadden’s cookbook Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables, but it became a TikTok trend when Justine Doiron (Justine Snacks on TikTok) made one on her page. Her butter board included flaky sea salt, citrus zest, fresh mint, honey, red onions, edible flowers, fresh basil, cardamom, and coriander. Since her viral video, so many people (including us!) have put their own spin on the butter board.
Put your own spin on the butter board trend with these delicious topping ideas:
- Fresh Fruit – sliced apples, pears, grapes
- Dried Fruits – dates, apricots, cranberries
- Nuts – almonds, walnuts, pistachios
- Cured Meats – prosciutto, salami, ham
- Pickles – cornichons, pickled onions, gherkins
- Jams and Preserves – apricot preserves, raspberry jam, or pepper jelly
- Sweets – honeycomb, shaved chocolate, candied nuts
- Fresh Herbs and Spices – sage, thyme, basil, black pepper, cinnamon
- Seafood – smoked salmon, shrimp, caviar
Sprinkle the lemon zest and salt on before the rest of the toppings so those flavors can sink into the butter. Use the salt even if you are using salted butter.
Frequently Asked Questions about Making a Butter Board
The best way is to leave the butter on the counter for 30-60 minutes. I do not recommend using the microwave to soften butter, but if you must, try microwaving it at 30% power for 5 second increments.
As long as it doesn’t get left out too long, it is safe to eat. If you are worried about cross-contamination, then you can use a butter knife to serve instead of scooping the butter up with bread.
I think it comes down to two things – they are unique and they are pretty! They look expensive and photogenic and its something most people haven’t tried before!
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How to Make a Butter Board
- 1 serving board
- To roast the garlic – cut the top of the head of garlic off. Place on a sheet of tin foil and drizzle generously with olive oil. Wrap tightly and place in the oven at 400 for 40 minutes.
- Spread butter onto the serving board. Sprinkle with salt and lemon zest.
- Place fig quarters, fig butter, and roasted garlic on the board.
- Sprinkle rosemary over the board.
- Drizzle honey over the board.
- Serve with bread slices.
- Use hot honey for a little extra kick.
- You can use orange zest instead of lemon zest if desired.
- Sourdough bread is my favorite bread to use, but you can use any crusty bread.
- Use parchment paper under your butter for easy clean up.
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