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How to Make a Butter Board

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The next charcuterie board craze, butter boards are all the rage! This baklava butter board is sweet, salty, and perfect for feeding a crowd. Whip it up in minutes for holidays, gameday, and everything in between! 

overhead image of a butter board topped with roasted walnuts, pistachios, honey, cinnamon, and salt

What Is a Butter Board? 

As the name suggests, a butter board is literally a board full of butter. A fun take on classic charcuterie boards, they’re a better way to serve bread and butter to a crowd. Load up your favorite serving board with various types of butter, bread, crackers, and cheese for a salty, savory appetizer that will have all your guests raving! 

What Is Baklava?

Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made up of layers of phyllo (filo) dough, honey, and chopped nuts. Sticky and sweet, it’s noted for its flaky texture and decadent taste. It looks intricate to create but is actually quite easy to make! We love to put fun twists on the traditional recipe with creations like our Baklava French Toast and Baklava Skillet Pancake

How to Create a Butter Board

Basically, all you need to do to create a butter board is add butter to a wooden or plastic board. However, we have a few guidelines to ensure your appetizer is showstopping! 

Use a Large Board. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of room to spread your butter along with all the extra dipping items and spreads you might want to include. 

Arrange the Butter. Whether you’re using one kind of butter as with our baklava butter recipe or combining multiple kinds, you’ll want to add them first as the central focus of the board. 

Layer in Dipping Items. Fill in any gaps with veggies, pretzels, crackers, and pieces of bread for an Instagram-worthy presentation and easy snacking. 

Add Garnishes and Herbs. Depending on the flavor profile you’re going for, add a sprinkle of fresh herbs, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of honey to complete your butter board. 

Ingredients You’ll Need for this Baklava Butter Recipe

For this butter recipe, we took all the flavor and ingredients of baklava and replaced the dough with butter for an out-of-this-world spread that’s drool-worthy when paired with warm bread! Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Butter – We use room temperature butter to make it easy to spread, any unsalted or sea salted butter will work for this recipe. If you use salted, reduce the amount of sea salt flakes for the garnish.
  • Nuts – A combination of pistachios and walnuts adds a hearty flavor and crunchy texture we love. 
  • Honey – This helps create a classic sweet and savory taste. Maple syrup would work well, too. 
  • Cinnamon – Add just a dash for a warm butter spread. 
  • Salt – This is used as a flavor enhancer to help the rest of the ingredients shine. 

How to Make a Butter Board

Thankfully, we’re not churning milk for this butter recipe. So, it’s really quick to make! 

  1. Preheat the oven. 
  2. Arrange the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until they are toasted and fragrant. Or, just buy roasted pistachios and walnuts instead to skip this step! 
  3. Spread the butter on a large serving board. 
  4. Sprinkle the roasted nuts on top. Then, add a drizzle of honey, cinnamon, and salt. 
  5. Serve right away, and awe your guests! 
close up image of baklava butter with roasted walnuts, pistachios, honey, cinnamon, and salt

Serving Suggestions

We love to serve this butter board with warm ciabatta pieces, but it’s fantastic with any crusty bread. Present it as an appetizer with your favorite mains for a showstopping spread! Some of our favorite options include: 

More Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers You’ll Love

Whether you’re gearing up for the holiday season or just want something to snack on, these easy appetizers are just what you need! 

a white board topped with butter, olives, pine nuts, and spices with bread and serving utensils along the edges

Butter Board with Olives and Roasted Garlic

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This Butter Board with Olives and Roasted Garlic takes the latest internet trend to the next level with a salty, savory twist. Serve it with bread, crackers, pretzels, and more for a crowd-pleasing appetizer perfect for game day, holidays, and more!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 303 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Sea salt flakes to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound unsalted or sea salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup green olives
  • 3 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon zaatar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the top 1/4 of the head of garlic to expose the cloves inside. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the garlic with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Spread room temperature butter in a single later on a large serving board.
  • Squeeze the cooled garlic over the butter.
  • Top with the Kalamata olives, green olives, pine nuts, and a sprinkle of Zaatar and sea salt.
  • Serve immediately with toasted ciabatta bread or a crusty bread of choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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