Maple syrup is much more versatile than its reputation suggests – savoury dishes come alive with a splash of its rounded, nutty flavour. Sourced naturally from Canada, it takes about 40 litres of maple sap to produce just one litre of syrup, so it’s easy to see why it’s such a precious elixir. To prove this amber-hued legend has a place in your kitchen, here are 9 recipes that would be lost without it:
Tangy cheeses find a friend in sweet syrup. Serve as the side to a roasted bird (a simple salt seasoning on the meat will allow the squash to shine) or enjoy as a midday marvel.
Root vegetables are the ideal vessel for maple syrup; their natural sugars are accentuated (and then some) with a small splash of sweetness.
An American-style recipe that’s guaranteed to be popular with the family – just wait until the chicken-and-waffles Thursday tradition begins.
Give beans on toast warming notes by adding a touch of our favourite syrup. To go the whole nine yards, chop turkey bacon and mix in with the beans – it’s a foodie phenomenon, trust us.
A Filipino school lunch refigured into a satisfying midweek meal. Caramelised in a mix of maple syrup and garlic, the hot dogs have a sticky-sweet glaze that’s undeniably irresistible.
A festive-inspired offering that takes sweet and savoury to a whole other level. Cranberry and chilli: check. Maple, mustard and thyme-laced veggies: check. A clean plate: check, check, check.
The marinade in this recipe is something to write home about. Soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, chilli sauce, sesame oil, garlic, spring onions, ginger, sesame seeds, and (of course) maple syrup combine for an out-of-this-world coating that’s perfect for barbecue food.
Hosting a games night or having friends around to watch sports? This all-hands-in style of eating proves easy to feed guest en masse and will have them coming back time and time again (you may have to double-lock the door).
A drizzle of maple syrup finishes off these straight-out-of-a-restaurant-kitchen light bites like nothing else.
We’re really rather excited about our new-to-store spinneysFOOD Maple Syrup and think you will be too. And if you’ve got a craving for the sweet stuff, we've got lots more maple-inspired recipes for you.