So there’s this new trend that started on Tiktok: butter boards. It’s a board with lots of butter filled with salt, lemon zest, spices, garlic, onions, or whatever you prefer. It’s straightforward, and it goes well with sourdough bread. You’ve probably noticed that I love both butter and sourdough bread. This is my butter board recipe.
So charcuterie boards are out, and butter boards are the new black. Why is that? Who knows how trends work? But butter boards look fantastic and are unique. People need variety, and this is something else. I think a butter board would be perfect for your next gathering—a conversation piece and something delicious.
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What can you do with a butter board? Do you have some butter board ideas?
Well, the version that I am presenting you with here is inspired by Italian cuisine, but you can do it however you want.
Here are a couple of ideas for you:
Breakfast Butter Board
- Brown sugar
- Toasted, chopped almonds
- Drizzle with maple syrup
- Eat it with a freshly baked croissant or a piece of brioche
Fresh Fruit Butter Board
- Sea salt
- Fresh figs
- Fresh strawberries
- Lemon zest
- Toasted, chopped pecans
- Eat it with a piece of delicious toasted sandwich bread.
Asian-inspired Butter Board
- Sea salt
- Roasted garlic
- Thinly sliced fresh chilies
- Thinly sliced scallions/spring onions.
- Drizzle with garlic oil.
- Eat with a french baguette
Dessert Butter Board – Nutella board!
- Instead of butter use Nutella
- Mini hard pretzels
- Scoop it up with a piece of amazing brioche bread
Tips for making butter boards
- Use the best butter you can get. You could make it even more special if you made your own homemade cultured butter.
- Use an acidic ingredient. Add something to brighten the taste profile, lemon zest, balsamic vinegar, olives, or capers are all acidic and help create a juxtaposition to the rich butter.
- Fresh herbs give more taste. While dried herbs are great in a dish, when you need even more taste, go for the fresh kind. It’ll brighten up the board.
- Use more salt than you think you should. Salt makes things more delicious, and you should use a lot of salt, but use a super flaky kind, it will seem less salty when they are lying on top of the butter, and also provide a crunch.
- Think texture. Adding things that give you different texture elements will elevate the experience.
- Don’t make it ahead of time. Instead, assemble all the toppings and then make the board right before serving.
Conclusion on this butter board recipe
So, is a butter board amazing or what? As an avid butter lover, I will say it’s a hard yes for me.
The particular version ticks all the boxes for me. Something sweet, something savory, something spicy, something crunchy.
It’s not something I could (um.. should) eat every day, but man is it just perfect when you get it. Served with freshly baked sourdough bread, or even a sourdough ciabatta, to stay in the Italian lane. It’s just out of this world.
Try it. It’s super easy to make.
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- serving board
- many bowls
- 250 g butter
- Maldon salt
- lemon zest 1 lemon
- liquid honey
- red chili flakes
- edible flowers
- dried oregano
- fresh basil
- sourdough bread
- ½ red onion
- pepper freshly ground
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 branch rosemary
Mise en place (preparation)
- Heat your oven to 150°C/300°F.
- Slice the sourdough bread into thick healthy slices and put them in a bread basket.
- Zest the lemon and put it in a bowl.
- Mandoline the red onion into thin slices. Halve the slices, separate the layers, and put them into a bowl.
- Slice the cloves of garlic thinly. Heat a skillet to 140°C/280°F or medium-high heat.
- Add a glug of olive oil and fry the slices until they are brown on both sides and crisp. Let them drain the oil on a kitchen towel, then put them in a bowl.
- Add a branch of rosemary to the oven and let it cook for 2 minutes. Take it out, remove the leaves, and put them in a bowl. You may want to remove the ends if they're ugly or tough.
- Pick the top leaves of the basil and put them into a bowl.
Make the board
- Grab the board and smear the entire board with butter in a good and thick layer using a butter knife.
- Sprinkle the top with salt and lemon zest.
- Drizzle honey on top.
- Add chili flakes, garlic cloves, rosemary, and oregano. Grind some black pepper on top.
- Add some onions, as many or as few as you like. Garnish with basil leaves.
- Make it real pretty with edible flowers.
- Serve immediately with sourdough bread or maybe even a homemade ciabatta.