Our Top 10 Uses for Hot Honey
If you have never tried hot honey, you are in for a treat. The heat and sweet go so well together and can really add some extra flavor to many types of dishes. We have our own Ghost Pepper Infused Honey, which is mildly spicy with a kick, but will not force you to run for a glass of water.
Hot honey can be used in a variety of dishes. Here are our top 10 favorite uses for hot honey...
- Pizza - It's one of the most popular foods for hot honey. The saltiness of the cheese is balanced out with the sweetness of the honey. A little spice adds to the savoriness of your slice. We know several restaurants in our own corner of Queens that hit their pizza with a drizzle of honey. A little bit goes a long way.
- Cheese - Much like pizza, the saltiness of the cheese balances nicely with the sweetness of the honey. Apiary friend and owner of Monger's Palate, Carol Johnson, shared this with us... "Two cheeses I love with hot honey are Italian Taleggio style water buffalo cheese Quadrello Di Bufala from Quattro Portoni dairy and an alpine style cow cheese called Alp Blossom from Germany. The hit of spice and sweetness complements the mushroomy richness of the buffalo cheese while the floral notes of the honey play well with the herbs and flowers pressed on the surface of Alp Blossom.( Both are good melted on a sandwich with honey as well...)"
- Breakfast Sandwiches - You can't go wrong hitting a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with a little hot honey. It may even give you that extra 'kick' to wake you up in the morning.
- Roasted Vegetables - Adding a little hot honey to your roasted vegetables after they are cooked can give them just to right amount of extra seasoning to make them delicious to even the most 'veggie-averse' eater.
- Ice Cream - While this may not sound like a match, the contrast of heat and cold is a lot of fun. I recommend sticking to the basics... a generous scoop of fine vanilla ice cream with a thick drizzle of hot honey, to taste, of course.
- Chicken & Waffles - In a dish that is traditionally a marriage of sweet and savory, hot honey fits right in. In fact, most chicken dishes can be a great spot for hot honey. Fried chicken, in particular, is excellent with hot honey.
- BBQ - It this broad, but since there are lots of sweet sauces and rubs added to various BBQ'ed meats, hot honey can cover several bases. Make your own honey BBQ sauce with a kick, or simply drizzle some hot honey across ribs, chicken, or any other BBQ'ed entrees when you serve them.
- Cheesecake - This is another sweet dish where a little spice turns it into a totally different experience. The tangy cream cheese is an excellent mate with the spice of the honey.
- Greek Yogurt - Continuing the tangy flavors, next time you want greek yogurt and honey, give hot honey a try. You can even use the yogurt as a sauce, as it's done in many middle-eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.
- Cocktails - You will thank me for this idea. There are a number of cocktails out there that use honey, and possibly with the exception of a few, you will be making a great drink with the extra spice of hot honey. If the usual cocktails don't do it for you, try it out in your next Bloody Mary.
I hope you got some new ideas and learned how versatile hot honey can be. Do you have any favorite uses for hot honey that we missed? Let us know in the comments.