What is a butter board?
A butter board is a simple way to display compound butter (or any butter, for that matter) for all your guests to dig into with warm bread or crackers. You just use a butter knife to create a base layer of softened butter on your favorite cutting board or serving plate, then top it with a parade of your favorite ingredients. Everything from edible flowers to caramelized onions will work on the blank canvas, so you can create a flavor palette that will complement dinner perfectly.
This week we’re taking some inspiration from Beaverton Farmers Market, Eating Well and local chef/cookbook author, Joshua McFadden (photo sourced from his book, Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables).
Butter boards are taking over the charcuterie trays by storm, just in time for fall and winter holidays. Because of their simplistic nature, the quality of ingredients used is paramount. For the butter, look no further than Lady Lane Farm for freshly churned Jersey butter.With your butter lightly salted, you can add just about anything else to ramp up the flavor. Take inspiration from pesto and add some pine nuts, roasted garlic, chopped basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Lean into the sweet citrus by adding lemon, lime and orange zest, then topping with a little drizzle of honey. Celebrate the last of the summer stone fruit with chopped peaches, blackberries, fresh figs, microgreens, mint, basil and honey, or go savory with caramelized onions, thyme, rosemary and garlic.
Sticking with healthy add-ins like lots of fresh herbs, fruit and veggies can help you keep your board from feeling too heavy. Just be sure to chop up any large additions so they’ll be easier to scoop up with the warm bread (or with a butter knife, if you’d rather serve it that way).
Shop from our vendors for all your ingredients:
Farmstead Butter – Lady Lane Dairy
Fresh Bread: La Provence
Honey: T Bees Honey
Microgreens – Mulino Microgreens
Roasted Mushrooms – Mindful Mushrooms
Spices and Seasonings – Spice Pilgrim
Chutneys and Jams – Diana’s Delights
Veggies, Herbs, Edible Flowers: RJ Farms, Farm D’ICI, Canby Farm and Kitchen, Sun Love Farm
Stone Fruits, Berries, Apples: Kiyokawa Orchards, Pheasant’s Eye, South Barlow Berries, Albeke Farms