Surf and Turf Butter Board is an elaborate and delicious edible display of four kinds of seasoned, softened butter with seafood, meat, and more options for dipping. It is definitely one of the hottest food trends right now! And, with Challenge® butter on board (get it?!?), I have created the ultimate butter board.

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What is a Butter Board?

Just like charcuterie boards show off meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts, butter boards are all about the butter! Different kinds of butter and flavored butter spreads are softened and served on a wooden cutting board. Although they are all the rage right now, they were first introduced by chef Joshua Mcfadden back in 2017. In my recipe, I will provide you with a variety of buttery spread recipes as well as plenty of dipping choices.

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Spicy Garlic Chili Butter

Ingredients: It’s All About the Butter

Since this is a butter board, the star ingredient is, you guessed it, BUTTER! So, I have to go with the best quality butter out there–Challenge Butter. Challenge® Butter is made the old-fashioned way, churned fresh daily from the freshest milk and cream from happy cows at family-owned dairies since 1911.

Challenge butter also has a super delicious Garlic Parmesan & Herb Snack Spread that is perfect for butter boards. Simply melt (or soften) and dip away, taking your steak, shrimp, and vegetables to the next, more flavorful level!

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Bacon and Chive Butter

How to Present a Butter Board

Yes, you could spread all of the different kinds of flavored butter directly onto a wooden board, but I wanted a neater, more sanitary way to serve the butter board. So, I simply presented all of the butter in separate bowls. In this case, the butter is also easy to store if not eaten.

In addition to serving the spreads in bowls, provide plenty of knives for spreading. After all, we don’t want any double dipping! And, timing is important here. Start with the foods that will take the longest so everything is hot and fresh when ready to serve.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Butter

What to Serve in a Surf and Turf Butter Board

Butter boards are pretty cool because they are so easy to make your own. Of course, with this being a surf and turf butter board, I had to include some seafood and meat. So, I included air fryer shrimp, steak bites, and chicken bites as a start. But, I didn’t stop there! Here are some more options you can serve with the butter spreads:

Again, there are so many options when it comes to adding to your butter board. I hope this gives you a good place to start! And, I just added cowboy butter to my list of recipes, which would be another flavorful option to the board.

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Center- Garlic Parmesan and Herb Snack Butter from Challenge

Can I Make the Seasoned Butter Ahead of Time?

Sure! You can definitely get a head start on the different kinds of butter. Store the prepared butter spreads in the refrigerator for up to five days. However, be sure to allow the spreads to sit out at room temperature for at least three hours before serving.

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Surf and Turf Butter Board

Prep Time 10 mins
Assembly Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Surf and Turf Butter Board is an elaborate and delicious edible display of four kinds of seasoned, softened butter with seafood, meat, and more options for dipping.

Ingredients

Challenge Garlic Parmesan & Herb Snack Spread

  • 1 container (6.5 ounces) Challenge® Garlic Parmesan & Herb Snack Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) Challenge® unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in warm water, drained, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Bacon and Chive butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) Challenge® unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Spicy Garlic Chili Butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) Challenge® unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Challenge Garlic Parmesan & Herb Snack Spread

  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, add about ½ cup of the Challenge snack spread. Warm it up in the microwave to soften (10-20 seconds).

Sun Dried Tomato Butter

  • In the bowl of a food processor, add butter, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and salt. Process until combined (about 1 minute).
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Bacon and Chive Butter

  • In the bowl of a food processor, add butter, bacon, chives, and salt. Process until well-mixed.
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Spicy Garlic Chili Butter

  • In the bowl of a food processor, add butter, onion, shallot, garlic, paprika, red pepper flakes, chili powder, and salt. Process until well combined.
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To Assemble

  • To soften the prepared butter, make sure you are able to leave the butter mixtures out at room temperature for a minimum of 3 hours.
  • Using a large cutting board (you can also use a countertop or table lined with parchment), place the steak bites, chicken bites, and shrimp in various places across the board. Leave space in between each for nestling in the bowls of flavored butter.
  • Nestle in roasted potatoes and asparagus.
  • Serve with utensils/toothpicks.

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