Maple syrup enhances many meals, not just pancakes and waffles. And yes, we’re talking about the real stuff! Here are seven carefully crafted meals you can make with this sweet, liquid gold.
We’ll start with some breakfast dishes, work our way through dinner, and finish things off with a few delectable desserts.
A Bangin’ Breakfast
Whether you drizzle it on scrambled eggs or add it to your daily cup of jo, sweet maple syrup is a sure way to start your day off right. Here are some excellent breakfast recipes to try:
- Maple Toast and Eggs: This yummy breakfast provides a flawless sweet-to-savory ratio. The author walks you through brushing maple butter sauce over some bread, and then pressing it into a muffin tin. You then add some cooked bacon strips, break in an egg, and let your oven do the rest. Get the kids involved and make this a Sunday-fun-day activity for the whole family.
Get the Recipe: Taste of Home
- Maple Glazed Cinnamon Buns: These delicious cinnamon buns are a perfect weekend treat for the kids! They’re also a fantastic grab-and-go option during the week—if they last until Monday, that is.
Get the Recipe: Serious Eats
A Scrumptious Supper
It’s time to take things a step further and show you how this humble ingredient can enhance dinner, too! From grilled chicken to glazed salmon, the possibilities are endless. Try some of these delicious recipes:
- Maple Rosemary Grilled Chicken: We found a marinade for the books, and yes, we mean the recipe books! Maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary, and shallots effortlessly come together to enhance bland chicken breast. Let the meat soak overnight in the tasty marinade for the most flavorful results. If you haven’t pulled the grill out of storage yet, you can pan-sear the chicken. However, if the barbecue is available, we highly recommend you throw them on an open flame and enjoy that char flavor.
Get the Recipe: Damn Delicious
- Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon: This is the perfect recipe if you want to add more fish to your diet. Requiring only four ingredients, it takes this nutrient-dense protein to an entirely new level. You combine maple syrup, soy sauce, and garlic to create a delicious glaze to drizzle on top. A little marinating and oven roasting are all you have to do before digging into this fantastic dish. Serve it on a bed of jasmine rice with a side of roasted asparagus.
Get the Recipe: Cooking Classy
- Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops: The Chunky Chef does it again with this delicious dinner. The tangy, briny, subtly sweet flavors will dance in your mouth as you devour this easy-to-make meal. Even better, you’ll learn a few fantastic tips to cook pork chops perfectly, every time!
Get the Recipe: The Chunky Chef
We wouldn’t dare leave out the much-favored final course. Maple syrup is practically a dessert on its own, but especially when paired with the following winning recipes:
- Maple Syrup Pie: This traditional French-Canadian dish is beyond words! It’s similar to pecan pie, minus the pecans. Each custard-like spoonful provides a buttery, simply unbeatable bite. This is an incredibly sweet dessert, so grab yourself a glass of milk to wash it down.
Get the Recipe: Ricardo Cuisine
- Salted Maple Pecan Pie Bars: Here’s another astonishingly addictive treat you can take on the go. These bite-sized treats are packed with the rich flavors of brown sugar and maple syrup. If you want something healthy, this one probably isn’t for you. But if you want a damn good dessert, preheat that oven and get baking!
Get the Recipe: Pinch of Yum
You can use maple syrup in desserts or as a marinade. You can also cook your sausage in it or add a bit to your scrambled eggs. It even makes a fantastic dipping sauce for grilled cheese!
In some parts of Canada, it’s common to dab your fresh, homemade bread in some maple syrup. However, nothing beats dipping homemade donuts (beignets) in that liquid gold. Try some of these bold new ways to enjoy this yummy sweet treat!