Dave and I hosted 11 people for Easter dinner yesterday. Like every dinner party I’ve ever held, I served a cheese board along with my other hors d’oeuvres.
Since we were having two types of deviled eggs, crab cakes and shrimp cocktail (in a bowl made out of ice!!), I kept the cheese assortment minimal — one cow’s milk, one sheep’s milk and one goat’s milk.
At the end of the night, one of the guests commented that the last time he came over, I had served honey alongside the cheese.
“Does honey not go well with these cheeses?” he asked me.
Why didn’t he speak up sooner? (When I put the cheese board on the table would have been a good time.) Blame the pregnancy brain: I forgot that people love honey. And I’ve found one that pairs well with a boatload of different cheeses: Savannah Bee Company’s Cheese Honey.
Honey can be a little tricky. You don’t want to overpower the flavor of a cheese with too much of it or one that’s too strong. The Savannah Bee Company product is specifically created to complement a wide assortment of cheese. This could be total bunk — a smart marketing ploy that completely ensnared me. If it is, I don’t care. I really like this honey.
I’ve tried it with cheeses ranging from goudas to blues to cheddars and it has always added to the flavor of the cheese rather than detracting from it. It’s not tooth-achingly sweet or too thick. Plus, it’s a tasty addition to Greek yogurt or stirred into tea. The company even suggests dipping a grilled cheese into it, but c’mon, doesn’t that seem a bit excessive?
I still like the drama and visual appeal of an entire honeycomb square presented on a giant cheese board. But for smaller plates or when serving just a few guests, this is the jar I’m currently reaching for.
Since there aren’t any stores near me that carry this particular product (although it’s pretty easy to find other Savannah Bee Company honeys), I order it online.
A 12-ounce jar costs $12, while a pair of two mini 3-ounce jars cost $11. One of the little jars paired with a hunk of cheese or two would make a terrific hostess gift for a dinner party. Admittedly, the Cheese Honey costs a heck of a lot more than the plastic bear you’ll find on supermarket shelves. But there’s no comparison when it comes to taste.