13 Scrumptious Recipes That Incorporate Honey
I recently attended a small celebration at the W San Francisco hotel in honor of its LEED platinum certification. While at the party, I chatted with beekeeper Roger Garrison, who is in charge of the 10 beehives housed on the roof of the 32-story hotel. Garrison oversees the 600,000 bees who produce 400 to 600 pounds of honey per year. The hotel uses the honey in everything from the small jars that are served alongside a room-service tea order to the blue cheese and roasted grape crostini that’s an appetizer at the hotel’s restaurant, Trace.
One of the things I learned from my fascinating conversation with Garrison is that local honey is a natural allergy repellent. Thus, if you eat honey produced by local bees, you’ll be less likely to have bad allergies. Garrison sent me home with a jar of the W’s honey, and since then, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with cooking with honey. The natural sweetener is delicious in so many different preparations. To encourage you to fight off allergy season and expand your honey horizons, here are 13 scrumptious uses for honey.
One of my favorite Spanish tapas is a lesser known dish called berenjenas con miel. It translates to eggplant with honey, and it’s a sublime combination. This recipe adds an Asian twist to the dish by coating the lightly fried eggplant sticks with a sticky honey-soy mixture. Delish!
Take a tropical vacation with this tasty recipe for roasted pineapple with honey and pistachios. It’s topped with a dollop of cooling yogurt, but if you’re in the mood for something more indulgent, use vanilla ice cream instead.
Although the name of this appetizer—roasted pumpkin and citrus tartines with whipped thyme goat’s cheese—is long and complicated, the dish is simple and easy to assemble. You roast a little squash, toast some bread, whip the cheese, then combine all the elements together. Enjoy the tartine alone for lunch, or serve it as the starter to an elegant dinner party.
Honey brings out the natural sweetness of ripe fruit, which is demonstrated perfectly in this recipe for caramelized honey-roasted pears with almond seed bark.
Although it takes a little bit of time to prepare all of the components for this fried chicken BLT with jalapeño honey, the effort is worth it. It’s a to-die-for open-faced sandwich!
This sticky honey-soy baked chicken is a super-easy kid-friendly meal. Serve with white rice and steamed sugar snap peas for a balanced meal that everyone will savor.
Feel a cold coming on? Whip up a pot of this cleansing tea, a soothing mixture of cinnamon and coriander, along with fresh cilantro, rosemary, ginger, and (of course) honey.
Vegans will love this crispy oven-baked tofu recipe. Just before it’s done cooking, the tofu cubes are tossed with a honey, soy, and garlic sauce. Yum!
What’s not to love about this delectable appetizer recipe? You slather toasted bread with lavender and thyme–infused honey ricotta, then top it with roasted figs and salty prosciutto. I could eat a plate of these babies right now!
If you are one of those people who hate raisins in oatmeal cookies, this recipe is for you. It’s a crisp, buttery honey cinnamon oatmeal cookie. Enjoy as is, or use it to make ice cream sandwiches!
Honey and mustard are often used to season chicken, but the combination of sweet and tangy is also wonderful for salmon, as demonstrated by this dinner recipe for honey dijon salmon with red sauce.
The nostalgic childhood pairing of honey and milk is featured in this fantastic dessert recipe that tops vanilla ice cream with honey brittle, honey oat crumble, and buckwheat honey. It's honey three scrumptious ways!
In need of a show-stopping main course for a special occasion dinner? Look no further than this impressive honey-vinegar leg of lamb with fennel and carrots.
Shop adorable honey storage pots below.
What is your favorite honey dish?