Are you looking for an exquisite holiday-friendly food item? Then this easy and quick butter board (a TikTok copy-cat) must be on your list. It takes under 15 minutes to assemble and can feed any crowd.
What is butter board, you might wonder? In short, a butter board is like a charcuterie board but simpler, cheaper, and faster to assemble.
Nothing screams comfort and elegance than a beautiful board topped with butter and various toppings. Since I first saw this go viral on social media, I knew I had to try it.
And my oh my, it is GOOD. So GOOD that I decided to add it to this year's Thanksgiving and Christmas menu. Because everything is already prepared, and all you have to do is put them together and make them pretty.
This butter board surely will make you stand out.
Thus it is a new trend, and not everybody knows about it (yet). Your friends and family will be amazed and keep asking about it. So what are you waiting for? Put this on your holiday menu RIGHT NOW.
Why you will love this elegant board
- Quick to make: it takes under 15 minutes to create a beautiful centerpiece for any dining table or gathering event.
- Last a long time at room temperature: unlike its sister charcuterie board or cheese board, this easy and quick butter board can last for hours and stay fresh at its best.
- Feed any crowd: you can alter the board to feed any crowd.
- Affordable to make: you don't need to spend big bucks to create such a delicious dish that will make everybody turn head over heels.
- Fewer dishes to clean: only one board/platter is needed for convenience.
This board is a great option as a starter, a component for a cold cut bar, or even a quick snack.
What to put on a butter board?
You don't need a recipe for this board. Just go wild with your creativity BUT keep it simple. My recipe here is just a guide for you to look at; you don't need to do exactly as I did.
Unlike charcuterie board which can include up to 20 ingredients. The butter board should be kept simpler. 3 to 5 add-ons are good enough.
So how do you know which item to include on the board? Just think about what you'll put on your toast that tastes good with butter. Here are few of my recommendations, feel free to switch them up with your favorite items:
- Butter: either unsalted or salted butter is okay; make sure you go with the most high-quality butter as possible. Pick the one with high-fat content and less water (I prefer European-style butter with at least 82% fat).
- Sugar: sprinkle a little bit of sugar over your butter board to make a difference. Many people like eating sugar and butter with their bread.
- Cold cut: one or two types of cold cut are enough. Don't go overboard because butter is the board's star, not anything else. Taste your choice of cold cut first; if they are too salty, opt for unsalted butter instead.
- Something bright: to create contrast on the board such as olive, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and other herbs. I would steer clear of fresh fruit, instead I will go for pickles.
What to serve with?
Store-bought assorted crackers or traditional slices of baguette are other great options.
Quick and Easy Butter Board
- 4 oz salted butter completely softened at room temperature
- 3 pieces spicy salami chopped
- 3 pieces coppa chopped
- 3 green olives chopped
- 2 sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- 1 sprig parsley chopped
- 1 artisan bread cut into small slices
- Toast slices of bread in an oven if desired.
- Use an off-set spatula to spread and smear butter on a board.
- Sprinkle spicy salami and coppa on the butter. Followed by chopped olive and sun-fried tomatoes.
- Add chopped parsley as close to serving time as possible.
- Serve with slices of bread on the side.
- The butter board can last for a long time at room temperature (up to 5-6 hours).
- Add chopped parsley just right before serving time to keep its brightness as much as possible (it is only a recommendation).
- If you're serving a big crowd (like 20-50 people), you can make many boards a day in advance and put it back to the fridge (just don't add any fresh herb on top yet). Then one hour before serving time, let them soften at room temperature. The butter and everything else will taste just fine.