If you're even a minor foodie like me, you may have heard of the new-ish craze of butter boards and butter bombs. Think like a cheese charcuterie, but butter and wow in a different way. These two butter-centric trends, butter boards and butter bombs have been making waves in the culinary world over the past few years, and for good reason. Even my farm kids love the novelty!
We use butter from the dairy plant we ship our milk to - Grassland Dairy in Greenwood, Wisconsin. Their butter brand Grassland Butter is truly the best flavor of butter and when we travel or can't find it, it's a noticable difference. Treat yourself to the best, Grassland AA Salted Quarters.
First, let's talk about butter boards. A butter board is what it sounds like, a small wooden board that's used to serve butter, often accompanied by fresh bread or crackers. The idea behind a butter board is to level up the presentation of butter as a standalone dish, and it's often served with different types of flavored compound butters, such as herb or garlic butter, even sweet butters like cinnamon and sugar. Butter boards are also great for entertaining your guests, as they create an eye-appealing display that's pretty ideal for sharing.
Butter bombs, on the other hand, take flavored compound butter to a whole new level. As the name suggests, butter bombs are small balls of flavored butter that are packed with intense flavor. We make them by blending high quality butter with fresh herbs, spices, and then forming them into small balls for easy serving. Butter bombs can be used to enhance the flavor of many dishes, such as grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and even pasta. Better than a sour cream dollop, is an herbed butter bomb on a steamy baked potato! Don't believe me? Try it for yourself!
Craze or trend?
So why are butter boards and butter bombs such a big deal? For starters, they add an extra layer of flavor and classiness to any meal. By offering a variety of flavored butters on a butter board, you can customize your butter experience to suit your tastes. Butter bombs, on the other hand, allow you to add a burst of flavor to any dish, without having to add additional sauces or seasonings.
Using these two fun creations is a great way to get creative in the kitchen and experiment with different flavor combinations. You can use a variety of herbs and spices to make your own unique flavored butters, and then mix and match them on a butter board for a fun and delicious spread. Farm kid favorites here are garlic and chive, and taco seasoned butter!
Overall, butter boards and butter bombs are a fun and tasty trend that looks like it's here to stay. Whether you're a die-hard foodie or just looking for a new way to jazz up your meals, these butter-centric creations are definitely worth trying out.
Try some of these fun blends and let me know how it goes for you!
- Garlic-Herb Butter: A classic compound butter made with fresh garlic, parsley, thyme, and chives.
- Lemon-Pepper Butter: A tangy and flavorful butter made with lemon zest, black pepper, and a touch of sea salt.
- Truffle Butter: A luxurious butter infused with truffle oil or finely chopped truffles.
- Horseradish-Dill Butter: A zesty and refreshing butter made with horseradish, dill, and lemon juice.
- Sun-Dried Tomato Butter: A savory butter made with finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and basil.
- Chipotle-Lime Butter: A spicy and citrusy butter made with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and lime zest.
- Parmesan-Herb Butter: A flavorful butter made with grated Parmesan cheese, rosemary, and thyme.
- Cinnamon-Honey Butter: A sweet and fragrant butter made with cinnamon, honey, and a pinch of nutmeg.
- Sage-Brown Butter: A nutty and aromatic butter made by browning butter with fresh sage leaves.
- Orange-Cranberry Butter: A festive and fruity butter made with orange zest and dried cranberries.
As always, measure with your heart and make it your own. This Wisconsin dairy farmer thanks you and wishes you well as you "Spread Love".
Louisa @ creamerycreek