Butter boards are not new, but they are one of the latest food trends. Since the flavors and colors of fall are upon us, I tweaked an ordinary butter board to transform it into one showcasing the flavors and colors of a autumn. For instance, I used Irish Butter instead of French Butter because of its yellowish color and uber-rich flavor. In addition, I added some fresh cherry tomatoes, among other fresh ingredients, and since we celebrate Merlot Month, I paired it seamlessly with Cakebread Merlot 2019.
Here’s What You Need for an Autumn-Inspired Butter Board
- 2 sticks of Irish Butter
- 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of mushroom
- 1/4 cup of garlic
- Fresh Rosemary
- Variations: You can also add slices of red onion or olives
How to Prepare
- Spread Irish Butter into a wooden board to create the foundation.
- In a frying pan, heat the garlic with a bit of butter, add the mushrooms, and sauté until brown. Put it aside and let it cool off.
- Top the butter board with the mushrooms in the garlic.
- Spread the cherry tomatoes or any variation.
- Serve with a warm baguette on the side.
Making a Better Butter Board
First, you need to use Irish Butter to elevate the butter board. Whereas regular U.S. supermarket butter has around 80% butterfat, Irish Butter has 82% butterfat, resulting in an uber-creamy, savory flavor. In addition, Irish butter is saltier. On top of that, it is yellow due to Beta carotene, a vibrant red-orange pigment abundant in many plants, flowers, and grass in Ireland. These unique characteristics of Irish butter will make it different from the traditional recipe.
Second, focus on having a medium-body wine with smooth tannins to cut through the bold flavors but still make it a pleasant experience on the palate. Since we are celebrating Merlot Month (every October), I recommend pairing the autumnal Butter Board with Cakebread Merlot 2019, a Californian Napa Valley wine which is bursting with flavors of black cherries, violets, and plum, a hint of spices, and lingering vanilla and tobacco.
The Cakebread family shows their commitment to quality through their years of family teamwork, their stewardship of the land, their care in growing and vinifying individual lots of grapes for each wine, and their public programs for healthy living. The result is a world-class winery that crafts distinctive wines and welcomes dedicated visitors year after year.
Cakebread Merlot 2019 will enhance the autumnal experience on every bite of your autumnal butter board and help you celebrate Merlot Month to boot.