If You’re Not Using Salted Honey Butter You’re Doing It All Wrong

The salty-sweet, three-ingredient spread from Food Network Kitchen instantly elevates ice cream, chicken fingers and pretty much everything else.

February 03, 2020

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Hi, friends! Do yourself a favor and open your fridge right now. We’re guessing you’re well stocked with ketchup, mustard, mayo and maple syrup. But what about honey butter? Much like La Croix, honey butter started as a Midwestern staple, made its way out to the coasts and is now everywhere. Food Network even included the spread in our 2020 trends report.

Recently, on the Food Network Kitchen app, Food Network culinary producer Sarah Balke, a.k.a. our resident honey-butter expert, showed us how to make and use a salted version (mmmmm). "Honey butter expert," you might be asking yourselves right now. Yep, you read that right. In a former life, Balke just so happened to work at a resort where she made vast quantities of the stuff, whipping pounds and pounds of butter and honey together in an industrial-sized stand mixer. In other words, you'd better believe she knows what’s she talking about.

And here’s what she has to say: Honey butter is shockingly easy to make. Just whisk together room temperature butter (1/2 stick), honey (a couple teaspoons, or to taste) and a big pinch of salt for balance. If you want more, double the quantities and thank yourself later because honey butter lasts for several months in the fridge. You can also whip everything together in your stand mixer for results that are practically lighter than air.

Come breakfast, instead of reaching for the maple syrup, smear some honey butter on your pancakes. Dollop it into your bowl of Greek yogurt. Spread it on cornbread or biscuits. Drizzle it over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Dare we say that honey-butter toast is the new avocado toast? It also skews savory, pairing beautifully with fried chicken or wings. Try tossing it into your next stir-fry skillet for a little extra something-something. Take it from the honey-butter expert: The sweet and salty spread is staple you didn't know you were missing.

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