Butter board with balsamic glaze, fresh basil, and shaved Parmesan with bread in background.

Italian Butter Board Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian


If you’re looking for a delicious flavor combination to try on a Butter Board, the Italian combination of sundried tomatoes, basil, balsamic, and Parmesan cheese, can’t be beat!


  • 1/2 cup salted garlic butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 5 large basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons (chiffonade)
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped sundried tomatoes*
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic glaze
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Onto a 6-7 inch diameter board or platter, use the back of a spoon to spread the garlic butter to 1/8-inch thick.
  2. Distribute the lemon zest over the butter, trying to avoid large clumps. Add the basil ribbons and the sundried tomatoes.
  3. Measure the balsamic glaze into a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in the microwave for 5 seconds to make it easier to get a thin drizzle. Use a spoon to drizzle thin bits of the glaze over the board.
  4. Top with the Parmesan shavings.


*Use sundried tomatoes that are sold packed in oil so that they are already hydrated. Dry tomatoes won’t work in this recipe.