What can you do with maple syrup (other than pancakes)? See our 10 sweet and savory recipes using real maple syrup, including maple teriyaki chicken, maple mashed sweet potatoes, and maple-glazed vegetables.
Story of Maple Syrup
According to one legend, a chief stuck his tomahawk into a maple tree one spring night. In the morning, he pulled it out and went off hunting. His wife had placed a container under the tree, and the clear, watery sap dripped into it. Later, she needed water to cook some meat. She thought the liquid in the bucket was water, so she used it. As it cooked, the water evaporated until syrup was left. The sweet meat was the best they had ever tasted, and soon the entire tribe was cooking with maple sap.
Maple Syrup Trivia
- Maple sugar was the most common sweetener in the northern United States and Canada until the late 1800s, when white sugar took its place. (Maple syrup is still a healthy option for a sweetener than refined sugar!)
- The northern United States and southeastern Canada are the only places in the world where sugar maples grow naturally and weather conditions are right to harvest sap.
10 Maple Syrup Recipes
A hint of maple mellows the sweet-sour flavor of teriyaki. For party food, prepare recipe using chicken wings.
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This easy glaze can be added to a variety of vegetables and is particularly good with baked squash—just brush it on during the last few minutes of cooking.
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Cook these ribs on the grill or in the oven. Our readers say it best: “EASY and LOVED by all my guests!”
This maple-kissed version of baked beans makes an excellent accompaniment to our maple-glazed BBQ ribs.
This spicy, sweet mustard is excellent with smoked meats or in sandwiches. Add a little to mayonnaise for potato or pasta salads.
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Plain baked sweet potatoes are great; this way of preparing them is sublime. Excellent with poultry dishes.
We used a combination of delicata and butternut squash to create this slightly sweet and nutty dish. Mmmm!
This version of the classic apple crisp makes its own lovely thick sauce as it bakes.
10. Maple Granola
This healthful granola is great with yogurt or eaten straight out of the container!
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Here at the Almanac, we call maple syrup, “liquid gold.” How is maple syrup made? Read this article about, “Maple Syrup: A Natural Wonder.”