Sugar Shack season is coming soon in some regions of Canada and because we are the biggest maple syrup producer, why not try new and unexpected recipes to incorporate this national treasure? To do so, I have gathered 10 recipes you can try at home which will totally delight your family and guests. But before I do so, let’s review some facts about maple syrup.
Health Benefits of Maple Syrup
Pure and free of any colouring additives, maple syrup is a healthy sweetener 100% natural in comparison to white sugar which is typically derived from sugar cane and processed and purified before being sold. For this reason, maple syrup can be used as a healthier substitute to sugar.
To use maple syrup in place of white or brown sugar, Pure Canada Maple recommends the following:
• For every 1 cup of granulated sugar, substitute 2/3 cup of maple syrup.
• Reduce the quantity of liquid ingredients in the recipe (water, milk, juice) by about 1/4 cup.6
• Lower the baking temperature by 25° F.
But why is it good for your health? Well, according to Dr. Axe, maple syrup has the following benefits:
• Has lower score on the glycemic Index
• Fights inflammatory diseases
• May help protect against cancer
• Helps protect skin health
• Alternative to sugar for improved digestion
• Supplies important vitamins and minerals
• Is a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners
Read this article if you want to learn more about these benefits 8 Surprising Benefits of Maple Syrup Nutrition + Recipes.
Ready to cook? Let’s take a look at these delicious and mouth-watering recipes that incorporate a bit of maple syrup, and they are not desserts!
Callos de Hacha
If you are looking to revamp your usual scallop recipe, this is the one you should try. In this recipe, maple syrup is used as a reduction over the scallops. Yummy! Get the full recipe on Pure Canada Maple.
Japanese-style Skirt Steak in Maple Teriyaki Marinade
This recipe is definitively appetizing. Jan Valdez has created it as part of the “Think Outside the Griddle” contest. The result: he won! Get the full recipe on Pure Canada Maple.
Maple Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa
Bursting with flavours, these tacos can be prepared quickly and easily and the entire family will enjoy them. The detailed recipe is available on Jessica Gavin Culinary Scientist blog.
Tamari-Maple Braised Beef
Another revisited Asian recipe, this time by Chef Ricardo. Looking at all the positive reviews this recipe received, you simply cannot go wrong. See the full recipe on Ricardo Cuisine.
Maple Pancetta-Wrapped Shrimp
If you want to cook a quick appetizer that will impress your guests, you should try this recipe. Simple to execute and very tasty. Get the full recipe on Ricardo Cuisine.
Maple Pecan Cheesecake Dip
I agree, this recipe might not be the most diet friendly one but it looks so delicious. Quite a surprising mix of ingredients here! Get the full recipe on Feastie.
Lamb Tenderloin with Whiskey and Maple Syrup
Lamb + Whiskey + Maple Syrup? Wow, this is definitively a recipe to try for any meat lover out there. Get the full recipe on Ricardo Cuisine.
Maple Glazed Chicken
Ready for a surprising way to cook chicken? How about adding apples and maple syrup? Go ahead, give this recipe a try tonight, you won't be disappointed! The complete recipe can be found on Food Network.
Maple Pulled Pork
It might not be BBQ season yet but you can still enjoy your favourite pulled pork burger enhanced by the subtle sweetness of maple. Get the complete recipe on Pure Maple Canada.
Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu
Finally, even vegetarians can enjoy the sweet taste of Maple syrup. This healthy recipe from Eating Well will seduce you. See the complete recipe.
Hoping you'll enjoy all these wonderful recipes with a hint of maple syrup!
Martine, Your Lifestyle Expert