Move over, cheese boards. There's a new foodie obsession doing the rounds, and this one involves artfully smeared room-temperature butter. The butter sits atop a parchment-paper-covered wooden board, a marble or slate platter, or focaccia. Yep, bread and butter have officially gone to private school, and now they're hosting post-pandemic dining situations full of communal fervor.
Butter boards with crackers make simple but stunning centerpieces for entertaining, and they're more affordable and arguably prettier than a meat-laden charcuterie board. You just need to lay out butter knives to prevent double-dipping, and test your cholesterol levels at some point in the near future. The enduring popularity of grazing tables suggests this trend could have legs, so get spreading, folks!
Garlic butter on a baguette is a barbecue staple for some. You can bring some of that bbq goodness to your butter board. Instead of freshly grated garlic, you're going to wrap a few heads of garlic in olive oil and foil, roast it for 35 minutes at 350 degrees F, and add it to good-quality butter after it cools.
Spread this mixture on your board, and sprinkle it with chives, red pepper flakes, and salt. Simple and delicious.