If there is a trend going on, it’s tasting parties and to push it even further, Food and Wine Magazine listed “homemade honey” as a top trend in entertaining. Each guest is asked to bring a favorite varietal honey as a hostess gift (no more than 6 varieties) and you supply the food and drinks. Here are some great pairing ideas to serve with the honey.
Bread and Crackers
A great match for honey, dipping bread into warmed honey is a simple pleasure. Some local sourdough bread with honey is a great choice.
A great way to balance the sweetness of certain honeys is with a dark (70% or more) chocolate bar.
Smoked, Salted or Cured meats are a perfect choice when pairing honey because of their opposite flavors and each one balances each other out.
Sweet items should be prepared beforehand and served accordingly. Highlighting the honey flavor and texture is a great idea. Some sweet treats to try: Baklava, Honey Caramels or Fritters in Honey Syrup.
Not only can you pair honey with solid foods, you can also pair honeys with beverages. Use it as a natural substitute for simple syrup in drinks. Not only will you use much less, but your flavors will be heightened by the natural syrup. Showcase drinks with seasonal fruits and herbs, like mojitos and sweeten them with honey. Your guests will be surprised and you’ll even be improving their health. Here are some drinks to serve: Mojitos, Mint Juleps, and Sangria.
Remember the party is about discovering your favorite honeys, pairings and learning about varietal honey as a new staple in your kitchen!
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