Courtesy of Ontario Culinary Alliance
When it comes to maple syrup, many tend to stop short at the pancake. Sure, we love a good griddle cake — who doesn’t — but there’s so much more you can do with the sweet and sticky crop. Here are five things to do with maple, no flipping skills required.
1. Bake it into beans
Maple baked beans are an amazing accompaniment to a classic fish fry, but they’re also a great way to jazz up an English breakfast or add a fun twist to a southern style feast. We really dig the ones on the menu at The Lancaster Smokehouse in Kitchener, Ontario. #FeastOn
2. Smother trout in it. Smoke. Smother. Repeat.
The earthy, sweet flavour of maple makes it perfect for brining Ontario trout — and basting during the smoking process. Don’t have a smoker? Don’t worry! It’s also great on baked fish; just remember, for both methods, to water it down a touch to keep it from burning.
3. Brine some pork in it.
If there’s anything we learned from Chef Elbert Wiersema of Niagara Parks Elements On The Falls, it’s that everything tastes better with a little maple love. Next time you’re making ribs or a roast, he says to brine it in a mix of maple and water (or beer!). The sweet earthiness is perfection.
4. Steep tea with it.
Whether you’re brewing up a batch of Canadian Maple Tea from Pluck Teas or a good ‘ol cup of earl grey, try sweetening your concoction with a hint of maple syrup. Your body will thank you as, unlike white sugar, maple contains 24 different antioxidants and has a lower glycemic index.
5. Shake it into a cocktail.
Is there anything more Canadian than whiskey and maple syrup? Maybe beer and bacon, but we’ll keep those on our plates. Whiskey and maple syrup though, make a mean cocktail, just ask GwaiLo‘s Christina Kuypers, who created a refreshing Muddle Mint & Maple.
Another great way to find maple?
On the menu at Feast On restaurants across the province. The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association is a proud Preferred Purveyor of the Feast On program. Look for the Feast On logo at restaurants across the province — these restaurants are committed to using Ontario food and beverage on their menu. Find the list at feaston.ontarioculinary.com.