Le Creuset’s “So Beautiful” Butter Dish Is a Must-Have for Summer Entertaining

published Jun 4, 2024
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Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: James Park

If you couldn’t tell from the warm weather, packed restaurants, and your shirt sticking to your back on the way to work, summer is nearly here — and that means lots of dinner parties, evenings with friends, and (of course) cookouts. We’ve got tons of incredible potluck recipes and summer hits on The Kitchn, from Make-Ahead Creamy Mac & Cheese Casserole and Easy Lemon-Marinated Bean and Vegetable Salad to Fresh Tomato Slab Pie, French-Inspired Potato Salad, and more. However, even the best recipe can fall flat if you’re not stocked up on the best serveware, food storage containers, cheese boards, and other summer entertaining essentials. If you’re planning on eating lots of sweet corn during the peak season (and as someone from New Jersey, I most definitely am), or any other summer side dish that goes well with a slathering of butter, we found an entertaining essential that you might not have known you needed: the European Butter Dish from heritage cookware brand Le Creuset. 

What Is the Le Creuset European Butter Dish?

We’re huge fans of Le Creuset here at The Kitchn, and this European Butter Dish is no exception. It’s the perfect addition to a hearty Le Creuset collection, and at only $50, it’s on the more affordable end of the brand’s options. It’s able to hold up to two sticks of grocery store-style butter or wider European-style sticks, and it’s made with the brand’s iconic stoneware. It’s available in seven gorgeous colors to match any and every kitchen aesthetic, and has a 10-year warranty — though with Le Creuset’s famous high-quality construction, you’ll probably never need it. Just imagine setting out this beautiful piece at your next dinner party or cookout, or leaving it on your countertop for quick and easy butter access whenever you need it. (And before you head down to the comment section, storing butter at room temperature for a few days is totally fine, so long as it’s covered.) However, it’s also refrigerator-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe, and it’s finished with a vibrant, easy-to-clean glaze that’s resistant to chips, scratches, and stains.

Credit: Le Creuset

What Le Creuset Shoppers Are Saying

Average Rating: 4.5/5

“So beautiful! I love this butter dish — I share a home with my son’s family (I’m in a ‘granny flat’), and their cat occasionally sneaks in and used to ‘help himself’ to the exposed butter on the counter. This beautiful addition to my kitchen prevents him access. I love that it is big enough on the inside that the butter doesn’t end up messy and smeared on the cover. It’s so pretty!” — Nana Sue

“Just love the style, color, and quality! Bought it to match the beautiful olive oil cruet I was gifted for Christmas and couldn’t be happier.” — N

“If you make/buy European styled cultured vegan butter, this is a perfect way to store it in the refrigerator. And it looks great on the table for casual and formal entertaining. We’ll treasure this beauty for a lifetime!” — Matt

So, if you’re looking for a gorgeous addition to your Le Creuset collection, a summertime entertaining essential, or a super-practical way to store butter and save some room in the fridge, you can’t go wrong with the Le Creuset European Butter Dish

Buy: Le Creuset European Butter Dish, $50