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The Spread (Mascarpone Butter Board with Balsamic Strawberries)

The Spread

Is your mind in the gutter?  Bring it back to the kitchen!

It is time for a Mascarpone Butter Board with Balsamic Strawberries Basil and Candied Pecans.  This is the easiest appetizer you never have to cook, the express train of bougie, simple, goodness.

This is a different take on the hugely popular Butter Boards recently featured on Tiktok, by Justine Doiron

prep for the spread - baguette, cutting board, marscapone, sliced strawberries and chopped chandied pecans

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The Spread (Basil and Balsamic Strawberry Butter Board)

Seasoned Mascarpone cheese, Basil, Balsalmic Strawberries, and candied Pecans on a Butter Board
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Balsamic Strawberries, Butter Board, Candied Pecans, Cheese Butter Board, Mascarpone Butter Board, Spread, The Spread
Yield: 10
Author: Upton O'Goode


  • Sm-Med Wooden Cutting Board


Candied Pecans

  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • ½ Cup Rough Cut Pecans
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar


  • 1 French Baguette Thinly sliced and toasted
  • 1 Tbsp Butter


  • 1 8 oz Mascarpone Room Temperature
  • 6-8 Fresh Strawberries Washed, De-stemmed, and thinly sliced
  • 3-4 Basil leaves (large) Washed and cut into thin strips
  • Salt (a light dusting)
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Balsamic Glaze


Make Your Toast

  • Cut the Baguette into thin slices
  • Toast
  • Lightly butter each toast
  • Set aside

Prepare the Ingredients for your Board

  • Cut the strawberries into thin slices
  • Cut the basil into thin strips

Make Candied Pecans

  • Add 1 Tbsp butter to a frying pan on low heat
  • Allow the butter to melt
  • Add brown sugar and stir
  • Add pecans and stir for 3-4 minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • As the nuts cool, they may require an additional rough chop

Assemble your Butter Board

  • With a butter or cheese knife create circles of Mascarpone across ⅔ of your board. Spread thickly for good coverage.
  • Add strawberry slices and basil strips
  • Add candied Pecans
  • Lightly salt
  • Add fresh ground pepper
  • Drizzle balsamic vinegar across your cheese
  • Add the baguette slices to the ⅓ of the board that is unused
  • Serve


  • Mascarpone at room temperature is easier to work with
  • Your Candied pecans may get sticky and need a second chop.  Candied walnuts are a delicious substitution
  • Beautiful for the Holidays

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