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Maple Syrup Recipes: Sweet and Savory!

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What Can You Do With Maple Syrup (Besides Pancakes)?

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What can you do with maple syrup (other than put it on pancakes)? See our 9 sweet and savory recipes using real maple syrup, including maple teriyaki chicken, maple mashed sweet potatoes, and maple-glazed vegetables.

The Story of Maple Syrup

According to one legend, a Native American 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 community 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 healthier 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 where weather conditions are right to harvest sap.

9 Maple Syrup Recipes

1. Maple Teriyaki Chicken

A hint of maple mellows the sweet-sour flavor of teriyaki. For party food, prepare the recipe using chicken wings.

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2. Maple-Orange Glazed Vegetables

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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3. Maple BBQ Ribs

Cook these ribs on the grill or in the oven. Our readers say it best: “EASY and LOVED by all my guests!” 


4. Maple Baked Beans

This maple-kissed version of baked beans makes an excellent accompaniment to our maple-glazed BBQ ribs. 

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5. Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Plain baked sweet potatoes are great; this way of preparing them is sublime. Excellent with poultry dishes.

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6. Maple Squash Casserole

We used a combination of delicata and butternut squash to create this slightly sweet and nutty dish. Mmmm!

Image credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

7. Maple Apple Crisp

This version of the classic apple crisp makes its own lovely thick sauce as it bakes. 

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8. Maple Pecan Gooey Bars

Our Maple Pecan Pie Bars are sweet and salty and mouthwateringly delicious! Think of them as a portable pecan pie!

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

9. 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.”

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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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