12 Easy Spreads to Slather on Breads

Tapenades, jams, and butters to slather on everything

Farmers' Cheese with Onion and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Farmers' Cheese with Onion and Pumpkin Seed Oil

This creamy Slovenian spread is fantastic spread on toast at brunch or served as a dip with crisp vegetables—like radishes and fennel—at cocktail parties. Get the recipe for Farmers' Cheese with Onion and Pumpkin Seed Oil »Chris Court
Caramel Apple Butter

Caramel Apple Butter

Rich caramel sauce adds creamy sweetness to standard apple butter; spread it on toast, use it to fill pastries, or just eat it with a spoon. Get the recipe for Caramel Apple Butter »Laura Sant
Seafood Coffee Butter

Coffee Butter

Add an extra jolt to your morning toast with this caffeinated spread. Get the recipe for Coffee Butter »Matt Taylor-Gross

Fromage Blanc Spread (Cervelle de Canut)

Fromage Blanc Spread
This dish, which translates literally to "silk worker's brain," is said to be named for Lyon's 19th-century silk weavers, who'd often make a lunch of the smooth herbed-cheese spread.Serve with salad, potatoes, or toasted bread. Get the recipe for Fromage Blanc Spread (Cervelle de Canut) »Photo: Matt Taylor-Gross
Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

This thick, tangy spread is great spooned on toast and as a filling for tarts and cakes. Get the recipe for Lemon Curd »André Baranowski
Chocolate Chile Gravy

Chocolate Chile Gravy

This thick, spicy chocolate sauce is perfect spread on french toast or sliced, toasted bread. Get the recipe for Chocolate Chile Gravy »Yossy Arefi

Pea Shoot and Mint Pesto

Pea Shoot and Mint Pesto
This nontraditional pesto is one of the best ways to use up an overload of pea shoots. Packed with mint and spread atop toast or beneath a burger, it will make anything you pair it with taste fresher and greener. Get the recipe for Pea Shoot and Mint Pesto »Matt Taylor-Gross
Four Pepper Jelly

Four Pepper Jelly

Jalapeños, red bell peppers, poblanos, and serrano chiles come together in this spicy-sweet jelly. It's perfect paired with rich meats, spread on sandwiches, or served on a cheese-and-cracker spread. Get the recipe for Four Pepper Jelly »Farideh Sadeghin
Ajvar

Ajvar

A smoky, sweet, and savory condiment as versatile as ketchup. Get the recipe for Ajvar »Matt Taylor-Gross
Key Lime Curd

Key Lime Curd

Punchy key lime curd is delicious spread on breakfast toast, dolloped onto cake, or slathered between graham crackers. Get the recipe for Key Lime Curd »Helen Rosner
Black Olive Tapenade

Black Olive Tapenade

Tapenade, the traditional Provençal condiment made with black olives, is a versatile staple. Delicious when spread on little toasts for an aperitif, a spoonful also makes a great accompaniment to grilled fish or any kind of roast. The tapenade can also be thinned with olive oil and drizzled or used as a base for vinaigrette.Get the recipe for Black Olive Tapenade »Matt Taylor Gross
Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb-Rose Oven Jam

For an easy, splatter-free jam, make it in the oven. This version adds floral flavors to sweet-tart rhubarb with vanilla bean and rosewater. Get the recipe for Rhubarb-Rose Oven Jam »Matt Taylor-Gross