The words of the day are: Maple Syrup. Here in the Green Mountain State we’ll eat the good stuff on just about anything, and boy does Maple make everything taste better! What may be considered strange to others is a culinary delight for us. Sure, everybody loves real, Vermont-made Maple Syrup on their pancakes, but there are so many other sweet and savory dishes that, with a little Maple Syrup, simply melt in your mouth.
We know that everyone in the world would love these combinations, but living in Vermont brings an affinity for anything Maple, so we’re always willing to pair a dish with some syrup to make it even tastier. From soup to nuts (literally) here are some amazing dishes that will make you want to start Googling recipes to try tonight. Bon appetite!
1. Salmon with maple glaze
Begin this delightful dish by first making a maple glaze, mixing maple syrup, lemon, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and pepper and reduce it in a small saucepan. Spread the glaze over the salmon and lay over scallion greens.
2. Raspberry Scone with maple frosting
A maple frosting over any kind of scone is bound to be delicious, but fresh raspberry scones are particularly delightful.
3. Maple Glazed Pineapple and Bacon Donut
Maple syrup makes everything better, but so does bacon. This combination is sure to wow you!
4. Sweet Potato Brulee
Try this for dessert: Sweet Potato Brulee with Eggnog Ice Cream and Maple Spaghetti Squash. Inventive, rustic in theme and totally appropriate for winter season.
5. Yellow Split Pea Soup
A saltier soup with garlic, fresh sage, bits of ham, and then a bit of sweetness from carrots and maple syrup. Who would have thought?
6. Breakfast waffle
Bacon and egg sandwich meets waffles and maple syrup. Enough said.
7. Pumpkin and Kale Salad
Vermonters love their kale, and this recipe is so unusual and delectable. Pumpkin and kale salad, smoked maple vinaigrette, chicken skin cracklings and black garlic crumbs. Yum.
8. Sesame Delight
Here is a wonderful vegetarian dish to try! Vegetables and Tofu, maple syrup tahini sauce, served on quinoa and spinach.
9. Sugar on Snow
Our favorite recipe is also the easiest. Drizzle a bit of maple syrup on snow and voila!
10. Pancakes and maple syrup.
This marriage made in heaven will never grow old. Whether you eat them plain or with fruit, chocolate chips or sausage, nothing beats good old pancakes and maple syrup.
11. Thick Cut Pork Chops with maple glaze
If you're looking for a savory treat on a chilly night, try Bone-In Thick Cut Pork Chops served with Maple BBQ Sauce. Maple BBQ sauce?!?!?!?!
12. Maple Glazed Pork and Apple Kebabs
Not only is this a great alternative to traditional grilling, but you can find a Weight Watchers-friendly version of this recipe! Win/win.
13. Chicken with Black-Pepper Maple Sauce
Looks great, taste even better and very easy to make.
14. Maple Glazed Pecans
This recipe is a cinch and completely worth it! 2 tbsp corn syrup, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp sea salt, 2-4 cups of pecans (depending on how sweet you like it). Mix corn syrup, maple syrup, sugar, salt. coat pecans well. Bake at 400˚F oven for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, watching carefully as they will burn. Cool completely before eating. Enjoy!
15. Maple Bourbon Cider
Why limit the maple syrup to food? There are many delicious drink recipes, too - with or without the booze.
16. Baked Maple Ribs
Move over BBQ sauce - make way for maple!
17. A mountain of sweet granola.
If you want some granola with a kick without the artificial flavoring you get in pre-made packages, you can easily make your own with a little maple syrup and the scent fills with the house while baking.
What is your favorite dish that’s better with some Vermont Maple syrup? Let us know in the comments below!