Whether you prefer your honey raw or refined, with comb or without, this sweet, delicate liquid is a treat.
Popular for its distinctive flavors—according to the National Honey Board there are more than 300 varietals in the United States—this means that finding the perfect pairing may be more fun than simply slurping some honey from a spoon. Honey can be a great sweetener, or it can add in extra flavors when the sugar base alone won't do: our Honey Sauce, great for drizzling over desserts, begins with brown sugar and ends with honey.
On its own, it makes a great dip—so much so that in the South we love to slather it on fried chicken, creating great combination of salty and sweet. Honey also works well in dressing, adding a little lightness to Champagne Vinaigrette. Regardless of which honey varieties you prefer, the bottom line is that this golden liquid is beauty in a bottle. Get some local honey if you can, and taste the flavors of your region. Then take those same tastes, and use them on the table.