Blackberry & Pistachio Butter Board

Salty sweet blackberry and pistachio butter board makes an excellent appetizer or snack for your next family gathering. Take your hors d’oeuvres game to the next level with this delicious recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes

Looking for the perfect appetizer for the holiday season? Look no further! This blackberry and pistachio butter board is both savory with a bit of sweetness.

It’s the perfect thing to pair with delicious baked bread for the ultimate party food appetizer.

wooden serving board with butter, pistachios and blackberries.

Pistachios and blackberries are both delicious and healthy. Pair them with a creamy butter and they are truly scrumptious.

If you’ve never heard of butter boards, you’re probably wondering what in the world is a butter board anyway?

Butter boards are the trendy new appetizer that gives the classic charcuterie board a run for it’s money! These delicious butter boards are definitely right up my alley.

In a nutshell, they are wooden boards (or platters) smeared with softened butter and topped with delicious (savory or sweet) garnishes.

You’ll also love this fig & goat cheese butter board recipe!


  • EASY – I love this recipe for a super easy to make appetizer that is sure to wow my guests. It pairs really well with the most festive foods. But it is also simple enough to make for a small family gathering.
  • VERSATILE – This recipe makes a great appetizer that pairs well with a variety of meals and events. It’s simple enough to make for a last minute event or dinner party.
using a slice of artisan bread loaf to scoop up the butter and berries.

Ingredients

This simple blackberry butter board does not require anything complicated.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • salted butter — European butter is recommended in this recipe. European butter is typically cultured and is just so scrumptious.
  • flaky sea salt
  • blackberry preserves
  • fresh blackberries – If your blackberries are very large, I would recommend cutting them in half lengthways to make them more manageable. 
  • pistachios
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • fresh thyme

Equipment needed:

  • wooden board or platter – pro tips: make sure it is a clean wooden board used for serving and free of cracks to prevent bacteria growth. Otherwise, you could line the board with parchment paper or use another platter, such as ceramic. And I also recommend using a wooden board that has been treated with butcher block oil. If your board has not been treated with oil and has a rough finish I recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper under the butter. 
  • spatula
  • zester
ingredients for the blackberry butter board in small plates.


The butter board is best served immediately. If making in advance, leave the pistachios off and refrigerate wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.

Allow the butter board to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Don’t forget to add the pistachios! 

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Instructions

Add the room temperature butter to a small bowl and mix with a rubber spatula until soft and easily spreadable. Use the spatula to press the butter against the side of the bowl while mixing to help get it smooth. 

I would recommend not to microwave the butter to soften it. Doing so may cause the fat and milk solids in the butter to separate creating a greasy mess. 

Next, spread the softened butter over the surface of a wooden board or platter. Use a butter knife to add some swirls to the surface of the butter to create visual interest and pockets for the toppings to sit in. 

softened butter whipped in a white bowl.
butter spread on the wooden board.
blackberry preserves dolloped over the butter spread.

Sprinkle the flaky sea salt over the top of the butter.

Add spoonfuls of the blackberry preserves to dollop over top of the butter, about 1 teaspoon each.

Then, sprinkle the fresh blackberries and pistachios over the top.

fresh blackberries and pistachios added on top of the spread butter.
zesting the lemon over top of the butter board.
closeup picture of the blackberry and pistachio butter board.

Use a zester and zest the lemon over top of the board. Then garnish with small pieces of thyme. 

Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

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FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What type of butter is best for the butter board?

European butter is recommended in this recipe. European butter is typically cultured and is just so scrumptious.

What type of board do I use?

Make sure it is a clean wooden board used for serving and free of cracks to prevent bacteria growth. Otherwise, you could line the board with parchment paper or use another platter, such as ceramic. I recommend using a wooden board that has been treated with butcher block oil. So, if your board has not been treated with oil and has a rough finish I recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper under the butter. 

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Blackberry & Pistachio Butter Board

Salty sweet blackberry and pistachio butter board makes an excellent appetizer or snack for your next family gathering. Take your hors d’oeuvres game to the next level with this delicious recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 295 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup European salted butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt flaky
  • cup blackberry preserves
  • 6 ounces blackberries fresh
  • ½ cup pistachios roughly chopped
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • fresh thyme

Instructions
 

  • Add the room temperature butter to a small bowl and mix with a rubber spatula until soft and easily spreadable. Use the spatula to press the butter against the side of the bowl while mixing to help get it smooth. 
  • Spread the softened butter over the surface of a wooden board or platter. Use a butter knife to add some swirls to the surface of the butter to create visual interest and pockets for the toppings to sit in. Then sprinkle with the sea salt flakes.
  • Add spoonfuls of the blackberry preserves over top of the butter, about 1 teaspoon each.
  • Sprinkle with the fresh blackberries and pistachios over the top. Then zest the lemon over top of the board. Garnish with small pieces of thyme. 
  • Serve with crusty bread and enjoy.

Notes

Notes: 
  • If using unsalted butter, increase the sea salt to 2 teaspoons. 
  • Do not microwave the butter to soften. Doing so may cause the fat and milk solids in the butter to separate creating a greasy mess. 
  • If your blackberries are very large, I would recommend cutting them in half lengthways to make them more manageable. 
  • I recommend using a wooden board that has been treated with butcher block oil. If your board has not been treated with oil and has a rough finish I recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper under the butter. 
  • The butter board is best served immediately. If making in advance, leave the pistachios off and refrigerate wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. Allow the butter board to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Don’t forget to add the pistachios! 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 0.5gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 382mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 604IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.2mg
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