Pancakes and french toast aren’t the only things we put pure maple syrup on.
Step aside Red Hot, there’s a new sheriff in town. Growing up in the Adirondack Mountains the anticipation for Steria’s Farm to put out the “Pure Maple Syrup For Sale” sign was much like the sleepless bargain shoppers in line at the Best Buy the morning after Thanksgiving. “Sinzibukwud” as the Indians called it, meaning maple sugar, forms its own food group for many of the North Eastern families this time of year, and becomes a kitchen staple aside your salt and pepper shakers.
I know what you’re thinking, “Really? No one loves pure maple syrup that much.” But it’s true. You may also feel that way after you venture out past the flap jacks and french toast, I mean, we all know the saying, “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!” To make things easier, I’ve put together the top 8 foods other than pancakes, that taste better with pure maple syrup, the question is are you daring enough to try them?
Ok, so I wanted to ease you into this. Some of you may have experienced this deliciousness on accident when you went into pure maple syrup overload mode on your french toast breakfast. However, make no mistake about it, pure maple syrup can leave Heinz Ketchup feeling quite lonely in the fridge after you’ve tasted this eggs-travaganza.
Try not to focus on my inability to be a gourmet chef here with my broken serving plate, that’s what happens when you remove a dish hot from the dishwasher before its done cooling and drying. The important thing here is adding sweetness to sweetness to make greatness. The next time you’re trying to go healthy and want to add some fruit to your diet, grab the pure maple syrup and give yourself the five star restaurant dessert drizzle.
3. Coffee or Tea
I know you can’t start your day without your cup o’ joe. Next cup, try holding off on the artificial sweeteners or the three spoonfuls of sugar and substitute it with pure maple syrup. If you drink tea or coffee, this is a must. Want to do yourself one better? Add cinnamon to your coffee grounds next pot you brew and you’ll almost have yourself some liquid french toast. Someone grab the Baileys!
4. Manhattan Cocktail
As soon as I mentioned Baileys in the coffee, my mind went right for it. I love to host family and friends at my house and when we’re not drinking beer or as you may come to find my love for Jim Beam’s Red Stag whiskey, we like to dab into making Manhattans. This Manhattan calls for a tablespoon of pure maple syrup, but let’s be honest, two tablespoons won’t hurt.
- 2 ounces of rye (Knob Creek Rye is good)
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 dashes of bitters
- Pickled cherries
Add the rye, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters into cocktail shaker. Shake it up, pour over good ice in a large rocks glass. Add skewered cherries and drink.
We all know the dressing makes the salad and if you don’t eat salads, maybe you can impress your significant other with this homemade salad dressing on a stay-in date night. It’s sweet, light and delicious and the best part, super simple to make.
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup oil (vegetable, grape, or olive)
- Dash salt/pepper
Combine all the ingredients, shake, and pour over salad.
6. Vanilla Ice Cream
This one is my favorite and if you only try one of these on the list, make this the one. Grab yourself some natural vanilla or homemade vanilla ice cream the next time you are at the grocery store and just know when you are done, you may feel very selfish, because sharing won’t be an option.
There’s really nothing to it, scoop yourself some ice cream and add as much pure maple syrup as you would like. If you are really feeling like a daredevil, do what I do and put the pure maple syrup in the microwave for about 30 seconds beforehand and just taste the amazement spill over your taste buds.
7. Peanut Butter Sandwich
We all ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches growing up right? How about peanut butter and pure maple syrup sandwiches? Ok, so maybe we wouldn’t call them PBPMS for short like we do a PBJ, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of its own sandwich title.
Hold the jam or the fluff next time you make yourself a peanut butter sandwich and reach for the pure maple syrup, this could be your new thing.
There isn’t one recipe I could put down that tops the charts here, it just wouldn’t be fair to the others. However, the next time you take to the grill with your chicken or pork, bring with you the pure maple syrup. There’s nothing like the sweet addition of pure maple syrup to a good barbecue. Take the time to experiment, much like how I found that eggs taste better with pure maple syrup, a simple mistake may just open up a new favorite recipe of yours.