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Using The Taste Of Maple

Updated on October 27, 2011

The taste of maple

Maple ......My mother use to call it the taste of country life ...Sweet & Savory ...all wrapped up in one. Most people think of maple as the stuff that goes on pan cakes and waffles and others thought of it as the syrup that you glaze your ham with, but to me its a flavor enhancer that can make almost any type of food taste good in rather if it was cooked with meats, beans, poultry or desserts it can really take your food item to the next level.

So come on and follow me on the journey of cooking with maple and try some of my great tasting recipes using the very succulent ingredient.

maple glaze salmon

A maple 5 way fix .

So today I'm going to show you how to use this maple five different ways and in each way the maple is being used in a different way on a different element even a different textureso lets start with a malpe teriyaki salmon.

MAPLE TERIYAKI SALMON FILLETS

Ingredients:

1/3 cup apple juice

1/3 cup maple syrup

3 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. finely chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz each)

Maple syrup and apple juice combine to make a mildly sweet marinade for these salmon fillets. Whether broiled or grilled, the fillets glaze nicely when basted. In a small bow, combine the first five ingredients. Remove 1/2 cup for basting: cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining marinade into a large reseable plastic bag. Add salmon: seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours. Drain and discard marinade. Broil salmon 4in. from the heat for 5 minutes. Baste with reserved marinade. Boil 8-10 minutes longer or until fish fakes easily with fork, basting frequently..

maple glaze pork chops

Using maple as a glaze

MAPLE-GLAZED PORK CHOPS


Ingredients:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and pepper to taste

4 bone-in pork loin chops (70z each)

2 tbsp. butter

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp. cornstarch

3 tbsp water

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

We cleaned our plates whenever my mothermade these succulent, sweet pork chops. I get the same results when I serve them to my family. In a large reseable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add port chops and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown chops on both ides in butter. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x9-in baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 450 for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear.

Meanwhile, in the same skillet. bring the vinegar to a boil. Reduce hear; add maple syrup. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; add the maple mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Place chops on a boiler plan; sprinkle with brown sugar. Broil 4 in. from the hear for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is melted. Drizzle with maple glaze.

maple infused beans

Savory maple infused beans

HEARTY MAPLE BEANS

Ingredients:

6 bacon strips, diced

1/2lb smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, sliced

1 small onion, chopped

1 can (15-3/4oz) pork and beans

1 can (16oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (16 oz) butter beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup maple syrup

3 tbsp white vinegar

3 tbsp ketchup

3 tbsp p[repared mustard

It's the perfect side dish at any backyard barbecue. The beans can be made in advance and kept warm in a slow cooker for hours without losing any flavors. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 tbsp. drippings. In the drippings, cook the sausage and onion over medium-heat high until sausage is lightly browned. Stir in the bacon and remaining ingredients.

Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.+

blond brownie a la mode

Maple as a dessert

BLOND BROWNIES A LA MODE

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

4 eggs

2 tbsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. salt

1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

MAPLECREAM SUACE:

1 cups maple syrup

2 Tbsp butter

1/4 Cup evaporated milk

Vanilla ice cream and shopped pecans

I'm always looking for something new prepare for our church socials. Drizzled with a sweet maple sauce, these brownies are sure hit with or without the ice cream. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in pecans.

Spread into a greased 13-in x 9-in baking pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. For the sauce, combine syrup and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in milk. Cut brownies into squares; cut in half if desired. Place on dessert plates with a scoop of ice cream. Top with sauce; sprinkle with pecans.

maple muffins

Using maple as a bread product

MORNING MAPLE MUFFINS

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cu milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup sour cream

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

TOPPING:

3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

3 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp chopped nuts

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp cold butter

Maple mingles with subtle touch of cinnamon and nuts to give these muffins the flavor or a hearty pancake breakfast that you can eat on the go. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, butter, syrup, sour cream, egg and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moisitened.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two thirds full. For topping, combine the flour, sugar, nuts and cinnamon: cut in butter until crumblu. Sprinkle overbatter. Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes or untila toothpick in serted near the center comes out clean. Cook for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire tack. Serve warm.

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      Handicapped Chef 6 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Carco my son also loves maple syrup but I try my best to offer it on other things and if you think its good on pork chops then you should try it on a nice ham steak ummm great tasting stuff enjoy!

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      We love maple syrup, but I never thought of using it on anything but pancakes and waffles, what a great idea! I have bookmarked this page, the pork chop glaze looks sooo goood! thanks for sharing. Voted Up!

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