Butter Board Set Up and 5 Easy Recipes! (2024)

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Here's how to set up a butter board along with 5 easy butter recipes your guests will love! Two savory and three sweet combinations to choose from or create your own!

Charcuterie boards are a lovely way to display appetizers for everyone at a gathering. These butter boards are similar in that they allow you to display and share delicious butters with your guests!

This unique spread (Get it? Butter joke?) is sure to be a conversation piece and will make for an easy addition to bread being served with a meal or as appetizers. This holiday season, I'm sure we're all going to see many creative butter boards around!

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  • What is a butter board?
  • Sweet Butter Options
  • Savory Butter Options
  • How to set the display
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  • What you need
  • Ingredients
  • Directions
  • Notes
  • You may also like
  • Butter Board Recipes

What is a butter board?

A butter board is almost like a charcuterie board for butter. It can have one butter spread across it or serve multiple varieties of butter to try! It makes for a lovely display at a gathering or a fun little dish for a "date night in." Serve whatever bread you like alongside it and enjoy!

This is a great way to serve homemade butter or storebought butter you've added a special touch to this holiday season! Make a holiday butter board with little spreaders placed in it so guests feel welcome to enjoy some as they spend time with loved ones.

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Sweet Butter Options

Sweet options are always a conversation starter as they aren't often served! There's something unique and special about these. Here are 3 sweet butter board variations I'm serving up!

  • Pomegranate - Perfect for autumn and winter gatherings! All you need to create this option is pomegranate, honey, chopped almonds, and sea salt!
  • Cinnamon - Who can resist another holiday-inspired combination to keep on hand? Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, and sea salt for this one!
  • Blackberry - Spring and summer berries are a delight! All you need for this combo is blackberries, honey, chopped pecans, and sea salt.

Reminder: Do not serve honey to children under one year of age.

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Savory Butter Options

These savory options are sure to be a hit. Herbs have my heart forever. Whether you grow your own or buy them at the store, adding them to your butter board is a no-brainer! Use your favorite herb butter recipe or check out these options.

  • Chives - Combine chopped chives, oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, cracked black pepper, and sea salt for a savory butter option.
  • Garlic - Who doesn't love garlic butter? Make it even more herby by combining roasted garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, and sea salt for a slightly spicy butter!
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What kinds of bread should I serve with a butter board?

Rolls, garlic bread, bruschetta, pumpernickel, and beyond! Whatever bread pairs well with your choice of butter flavor will be perfect for your spread.

How to set the display

There are a few different options to consider when setting up your butter board. Keep the number of guests in mind as well as where you will be setting this up so you can figure out what works for you!

  • Right on a board - You can use any size or shape charcuterie board to display your butters right on the surface itself. Put little labels near each so they are clearly marked. Have the spreading knives placed in each butter before displaying.
  • Ramekins - Ceramic ramekins make for a lovely and neat display. This method allows you to easily place them on any kind of setup you have on hand. Tip: set them up on a charcuterie board with different bread options around them to make it almost like a bread charcuterie board! (Remember the labels and spreaders!)
  • Cake stand - Set up your butters on a board (right on the surface itself or in small ramekins that fit on the cake stand) above the bread being served with it so it stands out and guests can easily see and read the labels.
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What you need

  • Egg beaters or stand mixer
  • Bowl (unless using stand mixer)
  • Rubber scraper
  • Ramekins or cahrcuterie board(s)

Ingredients

Pomegranate

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Cinnamon

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Blackberry

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 tablespoon blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Chives

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ⅛ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Garlic

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2-3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)

Directions

  1. Soften your butter slightly so it is able to be worked with.
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2. Beat your butter in your stand mixer or with your egg beaters in a bowl. Continue until a creamy consistency is achieved.

3. Add in all other ingredients EXCEPT fresh fruits if using a fruit recipe. (See notes!)

4. Beat to mix in the new ingredients.

5. Fruit recipes: Add in your fruit a little at a time, mixing it in with your rubber scraper OR add in with the mixer to change the color of the butter too.

6. Display on your board(s) and/or in your ramekins.

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7. Optional: add appropriate garnish to the tops! Serve with your choice of bread.

Notes

  • If using salted butter, you may want to add just a pinch of sea salt on top for garnish instead of adding it. This is up to your taste preference!
  • Blackberry note: muddle and drain off excess liquid before adding it to the mixer.
  • Optional: Garnish the tops with some of the ingredients used.
  • Label each butter with a small sign and have a spreading knife in it or next to it.
  • Make it in advance! Store each butter in a freezer-safe container in the freezer. Pull it out the day of the gathering and allow it to warm to room temperature!
  • Do not serve honey to children under one year of age.

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Butter Board Recipes

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Here's how to set up a butter board along with 5 easy butter recipes your guests will love! Two savory and three sweet combinations to choose from or create your own!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Additional Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Course Condiment

Cuisine American

Servings 1 cup flavored butter

Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients

Pomegranate Butter

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Cinnamon Butter

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Blackberry Butter

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 tablespoon blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Chive Butter

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ? teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Garlic Butter

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2-3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to taste

Instructions

  • Soften your butter slightly so it is able to be worked with.

  • Beat your butter in your stand mixer or with your egg beaters in a bowl. Continue until a creamy consistency is achieved.

  • Add in all other ingredients EXCEPT fruits if using a fruit recipe. (See notes!)

  • Beat to mix in the new ingredients.

  • Fruit recipes: Add in your fruit a little at a time, mixing it in with your rubber scraper OR add in with the mixer to change the color of the butter too.

  • Display on your board(s) and/or in your ramekins.

  • Optional: add appropriate garnish to the tops! Serve with your choice of bread.

Notes

  • If using salted butter, you may want to add just a pinch of sea salt on top for garnish instead of adding it. This is up to your taste preference!
  • Blackberry note: muddle and drain off excess liquid before adding it to the mixer.
  • Optional: Garnish the tops with some of the ingredients used.
  • Label each butter with a small sign and have a spreading knife in it or next to it.
  • Make it in advance! Store each butter in a freezer-safe container in the freezer. Pull it out the day of the gathering and allow it to warm to room temperature!
  • Do not serve honey to children under one year of age.
  • Nutrition information is for Pomegranate Butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 355IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.04mg

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FAQs

What is the new food trend butter board? ›

A butter board is a wooden board spread with soft butter and sprinkled with toppings to add flavour. Toppings can include ground pepper, sea salt, lemon zest, spices, herbs, honey or edible flowers, or really anything you dream up!

What is the difference between a butter board and a cheese board? ›

A butter board is a simple yet delicious alternative to a classic cheese board. It is made one of the two following ways: A large board is covered in a partially melted buttery base with a series of different breads or crackers available to the side for dipping.

How to serve butter for a crowd? ›

So all you need to do is find a butter crock you like, put butter in the cup and water in the base, and leave it on the table. Just check it before the guests arrive to make sure your family hasn't finished off the entire container.

How long can a butter board sit out? ›

The USDA recommends storing only a small amount of butter at a time on the counter, only what you can use in one or two days. So if you like butter that's ready to spread on warm bread (or steamed veggies, if you're into that kind of thing), consider keeping it on the counter.

What is the point of a butter board? ›

The "butter board" is similar to the conventional cheese and charcuterie platter, as it's a shared appetizer that requires no cooking at all. If anything, it's actually easier and requires less skill to create. Plus, it looks so perfect on Instagram!

How healthy are butter boards? ›

Alongside butter, these foods tend also to contain high amounts of sugar, while being low in other nutrients. High intakes of these types of foods is also linked with greater risk of heart disease. Overall, sharing a butter board with friends every now and then is unlikely to cause much harm to your health.

Are butter boards sanitary? ›

The problem with a wooden board is “you can't really clean it. You have these microbe cracks, areas where little bugs can hide.

What is replacing charcuterie boards? ›

In place of the cheese and meats on a charcuterie board, a butter board is softened butter spread out on a wooden board and then covered in herbs to serve over bread.

What is the elegant way to serve butter? ›

Serve a bowl of butter balls instead of putting out sticks or individual pats of butter. Simply place a melon ball scooper in very hot water for about five minutes. While it warms up, prepare a bowl of cold water with lots of ice cubes in it.

How to spread butter on butter board? ›

Making this butter board is so easy! Simply start by taking your softened butter and spread it across a cutting board. There's no exact technique to this – just use a knife or a spatula to spread it around.

What is the new butter board? ›

The dish features good quality butter spread onto a wooden cutting board and adorned with a variety of herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, and even edible flowers.

How long do you leave board butter on? ›

Let the treated wood sit overnight so it can absorb the board butter. The next day you can use a cloth or paper towel to buff off any that didn't soak in (but usually it's completely absorbed). You should have a nice, satiny (not greasy) surface.

What is the ratio for board butter? ›

Like everything else I do, I eyeballed a rough ratio. I mixed one part beeswax with three parts coconut oil. I put both ingredients into a mason jar set inside an old enamel pan filled with an inch or two of water. As the water simmered on the stove, the coconut oil and beeswax melted together.

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