One Dozen Zesty Hot Honey Recipes
Hot Honey adds a lively surprise to some of your favorite foods
One of the more exciting condiments to show up in food stores over the past few years is hot honey. Made from a blend of honey, chili oils and vinegar, it's a fun and versatile ingredient that will add a fascinating new dimension to some of your favorite foods. Using Hot Honey can be as easy as stirring a spoonful into your favorite hot chocolate mix. Or try it as a glaze for grilled meats. To avoid burning, you should not add the hot honey until the last few minutes of cooking, or as a dressing or garnish just before serving. If you are not familiar with this flavorful addition to the pantry, then here are some ideas to get you started.
1. NEXT LEVEL FRIED CHICKEN
Coming in at Number 1, the perfect match of hot honey and comfort food is fried chicken. So easy and so delicious. Simply drizzle some on the chicken just before eating. First comes the crunch of the crispy coating. Next, the flavor of sweet honey hits your tongue. But wait, there's more. A tasty heat wave punches through and fills your month. Not too spicy, but just right, this hot honey takes your fried chicken from good to great!
2. PERK UP YOUR PIZZA PIE
If your favorite pizza parlor does not have a bottle of Hot Honey right next to the shaker of chili flakes, then shame on them. Talk to the manager and ask for it. Have them call Smiley Honey if needed - we are happy to supply them with our tasty blend. Or, just bring the pizza home and grab you own bottle of Hot Honey from the cupboard.
3. CHIPOTLE HONEY SPARERIBS
Chipotle chili powder is made from smoked, dried and ground jalapeno peppers, giving you a smoky heat that's hard to beat. In a mixing bowl, whisk together a 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of cumin and 1 teaspoon of chipotle powder. Then rub this mixture over a rack of ribs, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. You can cook the ribs in the oven, or on a grill, or in a smoker - just remember that low and slow heat is best. Depending on the thickness of the ribs, it should take about 3 to 4 hours at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Just before serving, brush on a layer of Hot Honey and enjoy the symphony of flavors.
4. MORE PORK HEAVEN
Spare ribs are not the only pork dish that will dramatically improve with the addition of Hot Honey. Try a baked ham with a hot honey glaze. Bake the ham in a 325 degrees F oven, wrapped in aluminum foil, until the center reaches 130 degrees F. This usually takes about 15 minutes a pound. Then remove the foil, brush on some hot honey, and switch the oven setting to broil. When the honey starts to bubble and caramelize, it's ready. Or brush on some hot honey during the last couple minutes of grilling a pork tenderloin. Speaking of pork tenderloin, we created a delicious Bahn Mi sandwich a few months ago. It's a fresh blend of French and Asian flavors. The addition of hot honey is a stroke of genius (in our humble opinion). For the full recipe, click here.
5. REV UP SOME ROASTED CARROTS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and chop 8 to 10 medium carrots into pieces that are 2 to 3 inches long. Toss the carrot pieces in olive oil and salt and then arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Roast for 20 minutes, until just tender. Transfer to a serving bowl, add a pat of butter, a bit of chopped parsley, and then drizzle with Hot Honey. Toss well to coat evenly before serving.
6. HELLO GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI
Such a simple recipe, but so full of flavor. This dish makes a great appetizer. Slice a french baguette into uniform slices about 1/2 inch thick. Use a toaster or the broiler to crisp the bread -- not too much, or they become crackers. Nice and crisp on the outside but with a bit of give on the inside is perfect. Then smear a teaspoon of plain goat cheese on each slice of bread. If you let the goat cheese warm up for about 10 minutes, this step is a lot easier. Then drizzle a bit of hot honey on each piece, and serve. Mama Mia! -- these are some tasty apps.
7. GRILLED SHRIMP WITH SOME ZING
Shell and clean a pound or two of large, fresh shrimp. Toss them in a bowl with some vegetable oil and a few sprinkles of coarse sea salt. Skewer the shrimp on some bamboo skewers and then grill over medium heat, flipping once. Do not overcook! Fresh shrimp will cook in just 1 to 2 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the shrimp. Remove cooked shrimp from skewers, place in a bowl, squeeze on some fresh lemon juice and then drizzle on some Florida Heat Hot Honey. Toss to coat evenly. These tasty morsels are great as is, or as the main ingredient in shrimp tacos!
8. SWEET AND HOT WINGS
It's crazy, but chicken wings used to be an unwanted food in this country. Until the mid-1980s, tons of them were shipped from US processing plants to foreign markets. But that was a long time ago. Now, chicken wings are in high demand just about everywhere in the USA - especially on Super Bowl Sunday! Collectively, Americans eat over 1.3 BILLION chicken wings in a year.
Toss the chicken wings in some melted, salted butter. Add some spices if you like, such as chili powder and ground cumin. Arrange the wings on a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a wire rack. Bake at 400 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes until nicely browned. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle on some Hot Honey. Toss to coat and enjoy!
9. SMOKED SALMON WITH A KISS OF HEAT
If you are going to buy fresh salmon, then try to get wild salmon. It's leaner, more flavorful and anti-biotic free. Rub a salmon filet with some olive oil and then sprinkle on some salt, brown sugar and cumin. Not too much -- you want to compliment but not overpower the fish. Then cook the salmon on a smoker or a grill with a smoker box. Remove the fish when cooked through and then let it cool just a bit before brushing on a layer of Hot Honey. MMM . . . is that amazing or what? (TIP: Cook the salmon skin side down on a piece of aluminum foil with the sides crimped up. There is no need to flip the fish during cooking. To serve, lift the salmon meat off of the skin, which will stick to the foil. When all of the fish is gone, simply throw away the foil. Easy peasy.)
10. A BLT WITH SOME ATTITUDE
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Lay strips of thick cut bacon on the rack and then transfer to the oven. Turn the strips over after about 15 minutes and then blot the tops of the slices with a paper towel to sop up excess oil. After another 10 to 15 minutes turn the slices over again, blot the top again, and then squeeze a line of Hot Honey down each bacon slice. Bake for just a few more minutes to let the honey settle in. Remove from oven an allow the bacon to cool before making a BLT sandwich with some toasted bread (spread with mayo or Miracle Whip), thick slices of fresh tomatoes and crisp iceberg lettuce.
11. GOTTA LUV THESE CORNBREAD MUFFINS
Okay, so in my opinion the best cornbread muffin recipe is found in the Joy of Cooking (on page 628 in my food-stained 1984 edition). It's called "Buttermilk Crackling Corn Bread" and there are 3 tips to making a moist cornbread. First, use a recipe with a generous amount of buttermilk. Second, make muffins instead of a square cake. By the time the center of the cake is done, the sides will be dry. Third, do not over bake the muffins. At our house, we do not even think of eating chili without making a batch of these bad boys. Break open a hot one, slather on a pat of butter and then add some Hot Honey. Can you feel the love? Sure you can. First the sweet and then the heat. Bring it on and on and on.
12. ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON AND HOT HONEY
Clean a pound of fresh Brussels sprouts by removing any damaged outer leaves and then cut off a bit from the bottom. Slice each one in half (lengthwise) and then arrange in a single layer in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt, and toss to coat. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes until well browed. Flip the vegetables a few times during cooking to ensure even browning. While the Brussels sprouts are baking, dice up few strips of thick cut bacon and then fry until crisp. Then toss together the baked sprouts, bacon pieces and some Hot Honey. Finish with a pinch of sea salt and some fresh, cracked black pepper.
These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. By now, your mouth may be watering as well. If you come up with your own great idea for using Florida Heat Hot Honey, then please send us an email (email@example.com). We may end up adding your recipe to our online collection - giving you due credit, of course. And whenever you are running low on premium, raw honey, check out our selection by clicking here.