The term ‘butter board’ didn’t really exist until it went viral on social media around the world a few weeks ago. Now, every host or hostess with the mostest should know how to make one. Here’s a guide for your next dinner party. By Paint Chayanin
What is a butter board, and how do you make it?
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Having garnered a million views and a worldwide reputation on TikTok, and thousands on Instagram as well, this butter board video posted by recipe creator Justine Doiron has immediately received so much love all across the globe. The influencer demonstrates that a butter board is basically a charcuterie-inspired board of softened butter smeared rustically all over a wooden board, then seasoned with salt, herbs, honey, nuts, and many other creative seasonings. The idea has inspired several other creations online that extend far beyond plain butter — some examples even include the dulce de leche and the peanut butter board.
The best part of a butter board? Justine actually consumes her beautifully-smeared butter with a piece of bread. Though you can also use a butter knife to scoop some on your bread in a more sophisticated manner, the hands-on joy of using bread to dip into the board is half the fun.
Why are butter boards such a huge hit across TikTok and Instagram?
Considering the presentation and the procedures behind making this contemporary board, it’s not difficult to see why it became so popular on TikTok and Instagram. The butter board resembles the same purpose of your conventional, meaty charcuterie board, since it is a shared appetiser that requires no serious cooking at all. If anything, it’s actually easier and requires less artistic skill to create. Additionally but quite essentially, it also just looks so Instagram-perfect.
How to create a butter board at home
As the name suggests, butter is the star of the show here. That being said, you may want to stress on the quality of the butter to maximise your experience. Opt for the European butter, which contains a higher fat content and hence arguably tastes more delicious. Leave it to soften at room temperature for a while so it’s easier to smear across the board. The original recipe adds sea salt, nuts, herbs, and honey, but really, the sky is your limit. You can place some of your smoked meat favourites on there too, like classic charcuterie, or even some figs or lemons.
Another make-or-break component is the bread. Whether it be sourdough, baguette, whole wheat, rye, or brioche, almost any kind of bread will go well with the butter as long as it is fresh and of good quality. Plus, if you’re planning on posting your masterpiece on social media, wooden boards would do the most justice for the aesthetics of your dish.
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This story first appeared on Prestige Online Thailand.
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