Jacob Griffin doesn't want maple syrup to be stuck as a pancake staple; there's a lot more sweetness to tap.
Griffin is the chef at The Farm Stand Cafe at Madava Farms, an organic maple farm in New York's Hudson Valley that is the home of Crown Maple Syrup.
Five Unlikely Uses for Real Maple Syrup: Jacob Griffin
1. Sweet mornings
Instead of sugar, add maple syrup (preferably of the dark amber variety) to your morning coffee, tea or to top your latte.
2. Savory/sweet balance, always
Too often, sweetness and balance are forgotten and neglected in savory cooking, but where there is spicy, tangy, umami and acid, there should be sweet. Two of my favorite ways to incorporate maple syrup into savory cooking is with meat rubs and salad dressings.
When making an herb or spice rub for a pork chop, whole chicken or steak, add some maple syrup to not only lend that sweet balance, but also to help hold your herbs and spices to the actual meat and to aid in caramelization.
For salad dressings, use maple syrup in place of sugar or honey; you'll be the belle of the salad ball.
Watermelon Radish and Citrus Salad with Maple-Sherry Vinaigrette
Makes 4 servings
For the dressing:
3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup (dark amber recommended)
1 tsp apple cider
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup canola oil
For the salad:
1 large watermelon radish
1 blood orange
1 ruby red grapefruit
1 navel orange
Touissant (a raw cow's milk cheese made in the Hudson Valley) or Parmesan cheese, for shaving or grating
8 cups mesclun