65 Unexpected Ways to Use Maple Syrup
Instead of sweet potatoes, try equally starchy, carotene-rich butternut squash for your next mash. A food processor will get the mixture silky smooth. You can also change the profile by swapping maple syrup and fresh ginger for a little ground cinnamon and curry powder or minced fresh sage and grated Parmesan cheese.
Baked Brie with Pumpkin Maple Sauce
Your friends will be astonished at the ease and delight that baked brie brings to the table before dinner is served. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty with benefit of a warm, gooey inside and a crispy, flaky crust on the outside. Store-bought puff pastry wraps around the entire wheel of brie, and it’s finished with a drizzle of the pumpkin-spiced maple sauce that’s decadent and sweetened with maple syrup. With a sprinkle of a few sliced almonds for a crunchy texture and a rich, nutty flavor, this starter is ideal menu item to any fall themed meal.
Orange Maple Balsamic Salmon
The balance of sweet and tangy flavors coat salmon fillets, infusing them with a delicate brightness. This simple recipe features a mixture of fresh orange juice and zest, deliciously complimented by balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Half of this orange-balsamic blend acts as a marinade, while the other half simmers into a thick sauce to drizzle over the fish fillets as they come out of the oven. This easy salmon entree is best served with hearty side dishes such as roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, or quinoa.
Fried Lobster Tails with Sweet Corn Waffles and Spicy Maple Syrup
Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Gastrique
From the Kitchen of…Hugh Acheson, Longtime Cooking Light Friend
"This dish is an example of the synergy of my Northern and Southern roots. My Canadian veins are partially full of maple syrup, and I adore the Southern staple crop of the sweet potato."
The gastrique, a tangy-sweet glaze, is Thanksgiving worthy but also simple enough to pull off on a weekday.
Waffle-Crusted Buffalo Chicken Tenders with the Best Sauce Ever
You are welcome, America
The maple syrup in this pumpkin butter recipe really darkens up the spread and adds some good depth of flavor. This easy recipe makes a lot, but you can easily cut the recipe in half for a small yield.
Brown Butter-Maple-Pecan Blondies
Autumn's apple abundance is well worth raising a glass to. Honeycrisp apples are sweet with a touch of tartness that lends an invigorating crisp flavor, giving this boozy beverage plenty to buzz about. Maple syrup bolsters the warmth of the bourbon.
Quick Barbecue Sauce
The ingredient list for this sauce is short and practical—you likely have most of the ingredients on hand. Smoked paprika and maple syrup round out the tang from the ketchup and add depth. Use as a glaze for pan-seared pork tenderloin or toss with shredded chicken for sandwiches.
Japanese Turnips with Maple-Miso Butter
Mona Johnson, co-owner of Tournant catering in Portland, Oregon, created this dish for a Thanksgiving dinner. She cooked mild white Japanese turnips (Tokyo or Hakurei varieties) in white miso and butter for savory richness, and added a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. If you can't find Japanese turnips, use a combination of small radishes and mustard greens--regular turnips are too strong for this delicate dish.
Sour Cherry Breakfast Parfait
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Maple Mustard-Glazed Ham
For a classic flavor profile, you absolutely can't miss with this sweet glazed ham. The combination of Dijon mustard and real maple syrup beats anything you'll get from a flavor packet. Plus, this crowd-pleasing ham is made in the slow cooker, saving you effort and oven space.
Maple Syrup Snow Candy
DIY candy is snow big deal
Baked Oatmeal Apples
Your personal bliss may include walnuts, caramel, or ice cream
Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Candied Walnuts
Yet another way to enjoy pumpkin spice this season. Gift these to friends as a festive treat, or enjoy them yourself with an autumnal beer. Make sure to use pure maple syrup, as pancake syrup will taste artificial and will likely overwhelm the spiced flavor.
Sticky Toffee Cinnamon Rolls
All the icing-drenched pleasure, minus the trip to the mall
Szechuan-Style Breakfast Biscuits
This is a riff on the classic sausage biscuit, China style. Or as I call it in the restaurant, “This Little Piggy Went to China.” I slather a cheddar-scallion biscuit with hoisin mayo (because it makes everything better), top it with a nice big Szechuan sausage patty, add a fried egg, and drown the whole thing in Szechuan Chile Sauce that’s been sweetened with a little maple syrup (you know, for breakfast). Then I finish it off with some blackberries to bring that bright acidity. Don’t be shy about picking this guy up to eat it, but a knife and fork can be useful. Reprinted from Gather & Graze: 120 Favorite Recipes for Tasty Good Times. Copyright © 2018 by Stephanie Izard, Inc. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Galdones Photography. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
Sweet Corn Oatmeal with Peaches
Peach shortage be damned
Smoky Chipotle Baked Beans
You might be surprised to learn that baked beans often contain a good bit of sugar--usually from brown sugar, molasses, and/or ketchup. A classic recipe might have 15g total sugars per 1/2-cup serving; ours contains just 5g (only 2g added from a little maple syrup), allowing the smoky flavors of bacon, chipotle, and smoked paprika to pop.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Oat Topping
This classic casserole often straddles the line between side and dessert (indeed, we've enjoyed the leftovers both ways). We dial down the sugar to steer the dish back to savory territory, and add a crunchy oat and nut topper for texture. A final drizzle of maple syrup just before serving gives the casserole a lovely sheen. While we call for a ricer in our master mashed potatoes, a potato masher is perfectly acceptable here since the spuds will be bound with an egg, topped, and baked.
The hot toddy truly is the perfect cold weather cocktail. We opted for maple syrup to sweeten the drink, but feel free to use honey if you prefer. Same goes for the type of tea you use; we love the subtle orange spice flavors matched with the bourbon for a toasty holiday vibe, but lemon-ginger tea would work great too.
Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Madras curry powder adds warmth and earthiness to the otherwise sweet butternut squash, apple, and maple syrup in the soup. It has a bit more heat than regular curry powder, though either can be used here. Frozen, precooked squash will save time; you can also roast 1 (1 1/2-lb.) peeled, diced butternut squash ahead and refrigerate for later in the week. We opt for a sweet, Golden Delicious apple to contrast the tangy Greek yogurt; you can also use a Fuji or Braeburn apple.
Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies
These adorable cutout cookies are flavored with maple syrup and classic fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Walnuts provide a delicious crunch.
Maple Pecan Latte Rolls
Move over, pumpkin spice
Spanish Chorizo Corn Cakes
Is there any time of day when a pancake isn't welcome at the table? These sweet and savory cakes are a scrumptious choice for breakfast, dinner, or a quick snack on the go. Keep warm and toasty by placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes. Reheating is as easy as popping frozen cakes in the toaster, making them ideal for quick weekday meals.
Bourbon and Bacon Jam
No fakin’—bourbon and bacon make the best spread ever
A fiber-packed breakfast that rivals what you'd find in Paris
Roasted Pumpkin Grits
Grits for PSL addicts
No-Bake Granola Bars
Cranberry-Apple Granola Muffins
These caramel- and granola-topped muffins may look and taste like a fancy coffeehouse treat, but they're easy to whip up any fall morning. Serve with our Sticky Maple-Caramel Sauce for the ultimate wake up call. It is like grabbing an apple pie to go with baked in dried cranberries, cinnamon granola and Pink Lady apples. You can sub any apples you prefer; Granny Smith for added tartness or Honeycrisp for more sweetness.
Maple-Peach Milk Shake
Blend maple syrup, peaches, low-fat frozen yogurt, and low-fat milk to make this flavorfull milkshake.
This gluten-free quick bread features a harmonious blend of bananas and walnuts wrapped in the sweetness of pure maple syrup. It makes an easy breakfast treat or an after-school snack.
Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake
This is one of the best upside-down cakes ever—the maple syrup infuses both the apples and the cake, making the dessert taste like a stack of apple pancakes.
Tropical Fruit Pudding
Mangoes, pineapple, and maple syrup add sweetness to this super-satisfying tropical pudding made from silken tofu and coconut. To serve, spoon pudding into bowls and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Sweet Breakfast Quinoa
"This breakfast will make your day so productive," says Jill Donenfeld about her maple syrup-sweetened quinoa. Quinoa is naturally loaded with protein and fiber.
Saucy Cranberry Maple Pudding Cake
Crusty, tender cornmeal cake over juicy, tart cranberries in maple syrup is not quite pudding and not quite cake. Reheat any leftovers in the microwave.
Rich Pistachio Shake
Satisfy your salty-sweet craving: Maple syrup and sea salt give this nutty dessert shake nuanced flavor. Garnish with additional chopped pistachios, if desired.
Reminiscent of pecan pie, gluten-free Maple-Pecan Bars deserve a spot at your holiday dessert buffet. Use pure maple syrup to form the gooey brown sugar and pecan mixture needed to make these heavenly bars.
Maple-Pecan Sweet Potatoes
We've combined brown sugar and maple syrup to make a delicious glaze for this simple side dish. Our Test Kitchens staff loved the sweet potatoes paired with crunchy pecans.
Asian Pear Salad with Pecans
Time: 20 minutes. This salad is all about bold contrasts: crisp pears and pecans with tender frisée, and maple syrup with sharp blue cheese.
Planked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze
We can thank Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest for this simple method of cooking whole sides of salmon. They would nail the salmon to cedar or alder wood planks and set the planks around a central fire, where the fish slowly absorbed smoky aromas. I like to glaze the salmon with a mixture of maple syrup and mustard.
The Bernie Paloma
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently served up a speech complete with a custom cocktail— The Bernie Paloma.
Charlene's Maple, Bacon & Walnut "VooDoo Fudge"
The name VooDoo Fudge is because this fudge is to die for. So very yummy. I have always loved it when my maple syrup ran into my bacon and then while on a trip to Portland, I was gifted with a maple bar with bacon from VooDoo Donuts. So, I thought. why not? Let me cook up some bacon and add it to one of my favorites, Maple Fudge and VooDoo Fudge was born.
Baked Ham Glazed with Champagne
We use the term "Champagne" loosely: Feel free to use a less expensive bubbly such as prosecco, cava, or crémant. The sparkling wine lends a little razzle-dazzle to the retro-chic combo of ham and pineapple. If you're using maple syrup, try Grade B--it has more intense maple flavor than Grade A.
New England Haroset
Local ingredients have long influenced haroset recipes. In New England, cranberries and maple syrup are natural additions. The Concord grapes used to make sweet kosher wine are also a local specialty. Use good-quality maple syrup, because its subtle flavor shines in this unspiced recipe. Use Granny Smith or Gala apples, or a combination of the two. You can grind the walnuts in a food processor.
These pint-size desserts feature the best of Maple syrup, which is found in both the cupcake and the frosting. The frosting gets an extra dose of maple goodness thanks to the addition of maple flavoring. Top these cuties with a walnut or, for a sweet-and-salty twist, crumbled bacon.
Oats and Buttermilk Snack Cake
Soak steel-cut oats in buttermilk to soften them but still preserve a nice crunch. This cake makes a great afternoon snack or, with a maple syrup glaze, dessert.
Roasted Sweet-and-Sour Beets, Carrots, and Parsnips
Steam the vegetables to speed roasting. The vinegar provides fruity, acidic zip and enough liquid to prevent the sugary maple syrup from burning. Serve with ham or roast chicken.
Prep: 30 minutes; Cook: 28 minutes. Moosewood Hollow's Sweet Autumn Maple Syrup ($12 for a 7-fluid-ounce bottle at www.moosewoodhollow.com) is perfect in this recipe.
Butternut Squash Bread Pudding with Tres Leches Sauce
Time: 2 hours, plus overnight to dry bread. This hearty dessert also makes a tasty breakfast, with maple syrup in place of the tres leches sauce.
Skillet-Grilled Ham with Glazed Pineapple
A dash of curry and a maple syrup glaze transform pineapple into an elegant topping for ham. Steam asparagus or green beans for a quick side.
Prep: 1 minute; Cook: 12 minutes
Smoky "Baked" Beans
This global mash-up of a summer classic borrows the ideas of red lentils and maple syrup from celebrated Montreal restaurant Joe Beef and replaces the standard chili sauce with Korean gochujang for a bit of "what is that flavor?" flair.
Crisp Autumn Serenade
This cocktail brings together the seasonal flavors of apples, pears, ginger, and maple. Bourbon gives it a bit of bite and backbone. (For a sweeter, richer version, you could use a dark rum, like Plantation Grande Reserve or El Dorado 5-year.) You'll make more of the tangy ginger-maple syrup than you need for the recipe; save the remaining syrup for other cocktails or to sweeten and spice up tea or mulled wine.
Celebrate the end of a busy week with this classic dessert finale--Apple-Maple Turnovers.
Ginger Cake with Maple Frosting
Spinach-Apple Salad With Maple-Cider Vinaigrette
This deluxe version of spinach salad features a tangy sweet maple syrup vinaigrette, sliced apple, onion and and goat cheese and is topped with sweet curried pecans.
Fresh Berries with Maple Cream
Maple-Balsamic-Glazed Pork Medallions
Sweet Potato Pie with Pumpkinseed Crunch
In this pie, sweet potatoes are dressed up with maple syrup, ginger, and nutmeg. It's the perfect dessert for any fall occasion, not to mention on the lighter side.
Sweetened with maple syrup and studded with dried cherries and sliced almonds, this pantry staple is easy to customize. Try dried blueberries, cranberries, or even apples, and maybe even a little flaxseed for fiber. Or toss with fresh berries before serving.
Vermont Baked Beans
In Boston, molasses and salt pork are the traditional additions to a pot of baked beans. The sauce for these baked beans isn’t as thick and sweet as Boston’s rendition, and the flavor of the maple syrup and bacon make it undeniably Vermont.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows
In this clever version of candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows (one of Gary Vaynerchuk's favorite Thanksgiving dishes), Grace Parisi mashes sweet potatoes with deeply flavorful grade B maple syrup and butter before stuffing them back into their skins and baking them a second time.Slideshow: More Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Ginger-Maple Sauce
If you're craving meat but want something light that's loaded with flavor, this will definitely hit the spot. The maple syrup and spice blend offer sweetness with a kick. It's so easy, anyone can make this dish and look like a star.
Basic Buckwheat Crêpes
Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes. These pancakes have a delicious nutty flavor; for a snack, skip the filling and just serve them with butter, jam, or maple syrup. Notes: Buckwheat flour is available in many supermarkets and in natural-foods stores.