How to make a Butter Board - new trend, dont miss out
The butter board trend has taken the food world by storm, with its bold and creative approach to enjoying butter in a new way. Started by Brooklyn-based cook Justine Doiron, the trend has since been embraced by many, with variations popping up all over social media. The concept is simple: spread softened butter on a wooden board and then mix in various toppings such as flaky sea salt, lemon zest, herbs, red onion, honey, and even edible flowers. The result is a delicious and visually stunning dish that's perfect for snacking, entertaining, or adding a touch of elegance to any meal.
In recent months, a new food trend has taken social media by storm. The butter board, initially popularized by Brooklyn-based cook Justine Doiron, has quickly become the latest sensation in the food world. The concept of a butter board is simple, a wooden board spread with a generous helping of softened butter, topped with various ingredients like salt, herbs, lemon zest, honey, and edible flowers, to be served as a dip for bread.
While the trend has generated mixed reactions, with some praising its next-level status and others concerned about double-dipping during the pandemic, the popularity of butter boards has skyrocketed. From The View to being labeled as the "perfect fall appetizer," the butter board trend has gained widespread recognition and even led to concerns of a possible butter shortage.
Despite its newfound fame, the concept of a butter board is far from new. The tradition of serving butter as a dish on its own, dates back to French cuisine where radishes are served with salt and slabs of butter. In recent years, many restaurants have incorporated butter boards into their menus, with chef Paul Ainsworth of Caffé Rojano in Padstow, England claiming they have been serving it for over 5 years.
The success of the butter board trend has also inspired new and creative spin-offs, such as the cream cheese board, nutella board, hummus board, and even the frosting board. Home cooks like Yumna Jawad of Feel Good Foodie and chef Carla Lalli Music are experimenting with unique versions like the labneh board and peanut butter board.
Overall, the butter board trend is here to stay, showcasing how butter, with the right accompaniments, can be elevated to a dish in its own right.
Here's a simple recipe for a classic butter board:
1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of flaky sea salt
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped herbs (such as rosemary or thyme)
1 tablespoon of diced red onion
1 tablespoon of honey
Edible flowers (optional)
Slices of crusty bread
Soften the butter to room temperature by leaving it out on the counter for 30 minutes.
Spread the butter evenly onto a wooden board, making a smooth, flat layer.
Sprinkle the salt, lemon zest, herbs, red onion, and edible flowers on top of the butter.
Drizzle the honey over the mixture and use a butter knife to gently mix the ingredients together.
Serve the butter board with slices of crusty bread for dipping.
Enjoy your delicious and unique butter board creation!