Why have maple syrup only on the breakfast table if you could have it whenever you please? The best way to have maple syrup is over sizzling meats, melted into baked goodies, or sneaked into salad dressings. Indulge your mind and stimulate your senses as we take you through four surprising things you could do with maple syrup:
Glaze Maple Syrup Into Roasted Squash
After toiling in the garden during summer, roasted squash makes a delicious treat. The flames make those caramelized sugars come out and hit your taste buds. Add a light glazing of maple syrup to lock in that flavour and to get that extra kick. However, please don’t overdo it, or the kids will keep jumping off the walls all night.
Coat Sweat Potatoes with Maple Syrup
Baked sweet potatoes will taste even better with a maple gastrique. Maple gastrique is made by adding a little vinegar to the syrup and letting it boil until it thickens. Glaze this mixture lightly onto sliced sweet potatoes and pop them into a pre-heat (400c) oven. 4 minutes later, you have a tasty Thanksgiving side dish.
Sneak It Into Spinach
Spinach is choke-full of vitamins and mineral-y goodness, but your kids won’t have it. Sneak a little maple syrup into Dijon mustard to give it a little sugariness. Add a little balsamic vinegar to even it out, and you have a fantastic salad dressing. Sprinkle a little over spinach, and everyone will gobble it up.
Maple Glazed Ham
Just mentioning ham gets most people drooling. Add a maple syrup glazing, and you bring out the flavour. You’d also need to add some Dijon mustard for a little tang and brown sugar to make the edges more caramelized. Baste the ham with this mixture, then slowly grill it for about 45 minutes and you have a snack fit for a king. Serve in slim slices so that everyone can get a piece.