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So, the butter board is trending right now, but what is it all about?

This TikTok trend is all over #foodtok but we explore exactly how to make one

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By Alyxandra Carolus | September 22, 2022 | Recipes

Trends come and go at lightning speed these days. If you’re spending time online, it’s highly likely you’ve seen the butter board trend. The fresh take on a sharing and starter dish has taken TikTok by storm, and has been a polarising topic.

So let’s dive right into it. The butter board is essentially a new take on the favourite charcuterie board. But instead of a selection of prepared meat products, from salami to prosciutto, you have silky soft butter. Consider this dairy product as the base, with the options as varied as you want it to be. You can add drizzles of honey, figs and fig jam or red onion slivers, olives and a sprinkling of Maldon salt. It can be sweet or savoury, whatever you or your guests prefer. Serve it with a loaf of warm bread and you’re good to go.


I like this one idk I’m in a silly goofy butter mood

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One of the people responsible for the recipe trending is Justine Doiron (aka @justine_snacks), a Brooklyn-based cook and TikTok creator. Her TikTok about this recipe idea has amassed over 8 million views so far. However, the credit for the butter board concept goes to Joshua McFadden (@jj__mc), a restaurateur, chef and author of two cookbooks.

The trend has received some mixed reviews, with some being team butter board and others not for this idea at all. The positives about this simple serving dish is that it can be achieved quite easily, all you need is a wooden board, good quality butter and your choice of toppings.

Think edible flowers, cracked pepper or whatever else you’d like. While others mention that in current times, a board with sticky soft butter might not be the most hygienic. You would also need use a wooden board that’s separate from your meat products to avoid cross contamination.

If the idea of a board isn’t up your alley, you can simply try a shallow dish or plate to serve this appetizer.

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