Goat Cheese Tempura with Honey Dipping Sauces
Grand Prize Winner - National Honey Board’s “Sweet 16 Honey Recipe Challenge”
By Perry Xu Cao, Student, Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park
Cao’s Goat Cheese Tempura recipe was inspired in part by his first kitchen job, making shrimp tempura. For the Sweet 16 Honey Recipe Challenge, Cao artfully concocted three dipping sauces, infusing three honey varietals (from ubiquitous Clover to bold Buckwheat), with floral essences and uniting them with spices and flavorful berries. The result is a mouthwatering appetizer that can be dressed up or down, suitable for white tablecloth to fast casual establishments. For high-volume applications, the dipping sauces can be prepared in advance and easily served using squeeze bottles. What’s more, the colorful sauces will complement a variety of savory items, including pork, chicken and vegetables.