Maple syrup can be more than a pancake topper, with a flavor that plays nicely with savory dishes.

Maple works well with pork, poultry, and salmon. Brush maple syrup on bacon and bake. This chicken with black pepper–maple sauce is wonderful, says blue room. sbp brines chicken in a mixture of water, salt, and maple syrup, then grills, glazing the chicken with more maple syrup in the last 10 minutes.

Maple is popular coupled with savory Asian flavors. toveggiegirl recommends maple-soy glazed salmon and sesame-maple roasted tofu. 4Snisl mixes one part maple syrup and two parts shiro miso, thins with water to make it spreadable, and uses the mixture to glaze salmon, chicken, or wedges of roasted butternut squash, using moderate heat to avoid burning.

rcallner loves roasted winter squash and parsnips with maple syrup glaze and Marcona almonds. Mimi makes a salad dressing from maple syrup, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil; it’s especially good on a salad with diced apples and cranberries, she says.

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