Many people think that honey is simply meant to enjoy stirred into a cup of tea or spread onto toast in the morning for a quick sweet fix. However, honey is a vital ingredient in a wide variety of dishes. From an exquisite appetizer to a hearty main entrée, honey can be incorporated into any part of your holiday meal this season.
10) Holiday Honey Gingerbread Cookies
This recipe is simple and requires basics baking ingredients such as flour, baking soda, and butter. These cookies stay true to the classic gingerbread flavor that is often associated with the holiday season, while providing your taste buds with a hint of honey. The honey taste will set them apart from the rest of the cookies at holiday parties in the best way. Cookies make a great gift for a hostess or a delightful dessert at your holiday party. Click here for the full recipe.
9) Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Honey Bread
This savory and sweet recipe is best served as an appetizer at your holiday meal. The chopped pecans add a bit of a crunch. The sweet taste of honey pairs wonderfully with the strong taste of garlic. These can be served on a decorative platter and be easily passed around before the main course is served. Click here for the full recipe.
8) Honey-Roasted Carrots
Holiday meals are usually packed with two staple vegetables, green beans and buttered corn. Serving honey-roasted carrots will give guests a side dish that is not at all expected. The best part of this recipe is getting to drizzle honey over the carrots at the end and tossing them in it until they are completely coated. Click here for the full recipe.
7) Fruit-Infused Honey Vinegars
These fruit-infused honey vinegars can be easily made and bottled before the holiday season begins as gifts for others. Of course, they can also be set out on your own holiday of table. Combining white wine vinegar, pure honey, and a variety of fruits, you can create a decadent dressing. The dressing can be poured over mixed greens or served with French bread for dipping. Click here for the full recipe.
6) Prosciutto Honey Wraps
For a more glamorous holiday meal, prosciutto honey wraps are aesthetically pleasing. They can be passed around to tide guests over, and at the same time, impress them. Very few ingredients are required to prepare a beautiful appetizer that appears to require tremendous effort. If you’re in a hurry, you can even use canned peaches to get this formal appetize out fast. Click here for the full recipe.
5) Honey Yeast Rolls
The best part of any holiday meal are the rolls, and rolls are even better when paired with honey. Honey yeast rolls are a must-serve at your next holiday meal, especially when served warm. They pair well with every item on the table and all guests will be quick to grab them. Be sure to make enough, we can guarantee they’ll go fast. Click here for the full recipe.
4) Honey-Apple Cake
From apple, to pumpkin, to pecan, homemade pies dominate the holiday dessert selection. Honey-apple cake will give your guests a soft alternative to those crunchy pie crusts. It can be baked ahead of time or it can bake in the oven as you eat dinner since it only has to bake for a total of one hour. If you are serving it warm, be sure to have the honey ready to pour over the top of it. Vanilla ice cream should also be considered. Click here for the full recipe.
3) Olive Oil Honey Cake
This dessert doesn’t require much prepping or cooking time, and will be a crowd pleaser without a doubt. When the cake itself is done baking, you’ll poke holes in its surface, pouring in honey lemon syrup that you mix yourself. It is both sweet and tangy. You can even add fresh fruits over top, such as berries or lemon peels, for a more colorful display. Click here for the full recipe.
2) Spinach Salad with Honey Dressing and Honeyed Pecans
The best thing about serving a salad at your holiday meal is how simple they are to prepare compared to the rest of what you’re cooking. You need minimal ingredients for salads and sometimes, preparing a salad is a good break. Pairing salads with crunchy nuts will give you every taste and texture you desire. This salad is paired with a honey dressing. Click here for the full recipe.
1) Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham – Our Personal Favorite!
This recipe is simple, requiring minimal ingredients that result in a bold taste. You’ll need 20 ounces of crushed pineapple, a half cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, and a dash of curry powder. Stir the honey and cornstarch together until blended. Add pineapple and bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. (Stir constantly to avoid burning which can happen easily!) After about 5 minutes, lower the heat adding the curry powder and any other spices that you choose and pour over hot or cold ham.
All of these recipes incorporate honey, and as you know, we can’t get enough of honey. From desserts to main dishes, all of these dishes will treat your taste buds to a honey-covered holiday. Personally, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
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