First and foremost, bread should always be taken from the service plate and put on your bread plate (or dinner plate if no bread plate is offered). Bread is never taken directly from the service plate and eaten. Here is the proper way to eat bread and butter:Share
- Place your bread on the bread plate.
- Using the service knife, take a serving of butter from the butter dish, and put the butter on the plate.
- Break the bread into medium-sized pieces.
- Butter each piece of bread just before you eat it—do not butter the entire piece before you begin. There are, however, exceptions to this rule, mainly for Southern biscuits and cornbread that are served piping hot. Butter these immediately so that the butter will melt while the bread is hot.
- Use your individual knife for buttering your bread and never use it to get more butter from the butter dish.
- Even when the bread is small, it is best to break it before eating it.