In honor of National Honey Month (September), we’re excited to share these recipes from Carrie Schloss, author of “The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook.”
Chipotle Honey Marinated Skirt Steak
I was introduced to chipotle, or smoke-dried jalapeño, as a young girl, and that hot, smoky flavor has been one of my favorites ever since. Although this marinade uses both chipotles and chipotle honey, the resulting steak isn’t overly spicy; it’s just really flavorful. The meat only needs to marinate for an hour, but it can marinate for up to 24 hours if you have the time.
Makes 5 to 6 servings
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 large yellow onion, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes (1/2 cup)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 chipotle chiles, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons Asheville Bee Charmer’s Smokin’ Hot Honey (chipotle-infused honey)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 2 to 3 pieces
1. To make the marinade, mix together the lime juice, onion, garlic, chipotle chiles, honey, cumin, salt, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, and olive oil in a small bowl until well incorporated. Place the steak in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Add the marinade and coat the steak well. Seal the bag and let the steak marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
2. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Wipe off the excess marinade from the steak and discard the marinade. Grill the steak for 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked to your liking.
3. Transfer the meat to a plate, tent it with foil, and let it rest for 10 minutes. Cut the steak at an angle against the grain into 1/4-inch- or 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve immediately. Store leftover steak in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Note: If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the steak under a broiler.
Kale, Clementine, and Hazelnut Salad
This is one of my favorite salads to make. It’s easy and you can store it in the refrigerator. Typically, a dressed salad would wilt, but there’s something interesting about this one: the longer it sits, the tastier it gets. The massaged kale is a great base for a wide range of fruits and nuts — be creative and make this salad with some of your favorites. I personally love using dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and toasted pecans.
Makes 4 servings
- 1 pound curly kale, stemmed, washed, and dried thoroughly
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 clementines, peeled and segmented
- 1 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons orange blossom honey
1. To make the salad, tear the kale into small pieces and place them in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Gently massage the kale for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale has deflated by roughly half. Add the clementines and hazelnuts and toss well.
2. To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and honey in a small bowl. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat completely. Serve the salad immediately or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four to five days.
Note: If you don’t have curly kale on hand, you can use any other kind of kale you like, including black kale, lacinato kale, Siberian kale, red Russian kale, or redbor kale.
Reprinted with permission from “The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook” by Carrie Schloss, Agate Surrey, 2017.