Maple is a delicious flavor that makes an appearance in the classic fall flavors lineup—and of course, breakfast foods. But did you know that it works especially well with bringing out smoky and roasted flavors in dishes, too? Here are some great meal ideas that utilize maple syrup.
Maple Roasted Vegetables
Using maple is a great way to bring out the flavors of orange veggies like squash, sweet potato, carrot, and pumpkin. Adding in maple with a bit of garlic powder, ginger spice, black pepper, and some smoked paprika is a great combo for a dish that is lightly sweet and with a little zesty bite, as well.
Smoked/Roasted Meat Substitutes
If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you might feel like you’re lacking the smokey flavor you can only get with meat. However, maple can bring out smokey flavors and balance out the savory and sweet flavors. Brush it on with other marinade ingredients before grilling your seitan or veggie burger.
Beans are a great meal because they are healthy and have a lot of nutrients, too. Thankfully, maple syrup is known to be one of the best sweeteners for baked beans, since its darker flavor truly complements the dish.