11 must-try dishes that use maple syrup

Pure Canadian maple syrup is more than just a breakfast addition, it's a Canadian classic that takes virtually any recipe to the next level. Check out these 11 dishes that include maple syrup and you'll be in heaven!

11 must-try dishes that use maple syrup

It doesn't get much better than pure maple syrup on pancakes or French toast.  With its nutty, vanilla-sweet goodness, it can spice up many of your favourite recipes that call for glazes, sauces or rubs.

  • You can use it for seasoning fruits, cakes, cereal, ice cream and so much more. And when you add a splash of maple syrup to the right recipe, you'll feel as if you're eating at a gourmet restaurant.

1. Cabbage rolls

Traditional cabbage rolls, stuffed with ground beef, onions, breadcrumbs, seasonings and topped with tomato sauce, can come alive with the addition of maple syrup.

  • Combine the tomato sauce and maple syrup, and pour the sauce over these delicious rolls.

2. Carrot and zucchini salad

This tried-and-true favourite transforms into a treat for the taste buds with the addition of maple syrup.

  • Mix it with a yogurt-mayo dressing, add some ginger, and you have an incredible veggie dish.

3. Chicken kebabs

With just a few ingredients such as chicken, onions and apples on a kebab, and the addition of maple syrup to your usual marinade, the grill turns ordinary kebabs into a tasty, crispy, caramelized delight.

4. Maple bbq sauce-glazed spare ribs

Turning ordinary spare ribs into extraordinary ones is simple.

  • Just add a quarter cup of pure maple syrup to a traditional BBQ sauce to spice and sweeten up those baby back ribs. Then cook in the oven under the broiler, or on the grill.

5. Maple scones

Great for a breakfast treat or an afternoon snack, scones are a Canadian favourite – made all the better with a touch of maple syrup.

  • When making your traditional recipe, use maple syrup in place of another sugar.

6. Maple-glazed sweet potatoes and apples

This is a great side dish on a cold winter's night. What's more, it's brimming with nutrients from the sweet potatoes, apples and maple syrup. This scrumptious dish won't last long.

7. Peach and spinach salad with maple-balsamic dressing

Every mouthful of this recipe is pure, refreshing delight!

  • When you add fresh peaches to spinach, topped with a sweet, savoury, maple-balsamic dressing, you get a magical side dish.
  • Top it with toasted or candied pecans for even more pizazz.

8. Maple-glazed salmon kebabs

Bet you never thought that maple syrup and salmon went together this well! But they do.

  • Simply brush a little soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger root, garlic and maple syrup over some salmon.
  • Place the salmon on the grill or broiler until cooked. You've then got yourself a delicious and healthy meal that's finger-licking good.

9. Maple hot chocolate

If you thought you couldn't improve on the traditional homemade hot chocolate, this recipe might just surprise you and your loved ones.

  • Adding a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup will enhance the chocolate flavour and make the kids beg for more.

10. Maple grilled cheese

This may sound like a bit of a stretch, but its believers eat grilled cheese sandwiches no other way.

  • Drizzle pure maple syrup over the top of a traditional grilled cheese.

11. Maple-apple cranberry crumble

There's something about the combination of cranberries and maple syrup that says they belong together – and this is the kind of recipe that proves it.

  • The next time you're baking an apple-cranberry crumble, swap some sugar with maple syrup instead. This is sure to impress even your pickiest dinner guests.

The sky's the limit when it comes to the sweet, saucy and spicy goodness of pure Canadian maple syrup. Why not try it in your next recipe, and you might just stumble upon a gourmet dish!

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