Brussels sprouts are a given on my Thanksgiving table, but I don't always give them much thought. Olive oil, salt, and a hot oven are my only requirements. While this method does produce pleasantly caramelized sprouts, it doesn't add much excitement to the table. This year, I'll take a cue from Tara Mataraza Desmond and toss my Brussels in brown butter and maple syrup as she does in her new cookbook, Choosing Sides.
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There are a lot of steps involved in this recipe for sweet potato French toast with homemade sweet potato brioche, but none of them are hard, and if you've never made brioche be reassured that it's among the easiest of bread doughs. If you can make cake, you can make brioche!
The natural pectin in blueberries helps keep this pickled blueberry smooth, and the vinegar helps balance the sweetness of both the berries and the maple syrup. The combination of spices adds a complex punch to the senses.
Tart roasted rhubarb compote is a lovely alternative to pure maple syrup. Whole wheat flour with a little roughly ground oats thrown in make fluffy, tasty pancakes.
Crepes are livened up with a compote of tart rhubarb and sweet blackberries. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to turn this breakfast into an easy dessert.
Elvis was onto something with his love of peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches. Bacony buttermilk waffles serve as salty bookends for caramelized bananas in a maple-peanut butter sauce. The King would be proud.
These brussels sprouts are roasted until golden and caramelized, then doused in a maple-balsamic vinaigrette and topped with crisp bacon and toasted pecans. They're so addictive, it's hard not to eat the entire lot standing at the stove before you serve them.
Inspired by the classic breakfast combination, these cookies are sweet, chewy, and full of maple brown sugar flavor.
Thick, silky, and speckled with tiny chunks of blueberries, this jam has a pronounced maple flavor and is lightly scented with star anise, cinnamon, and vanilla. It would be perfect between layers of French toast, but also try it with buttery scones or cinnamon streusel muffins, or swirl it into oatmeal.
Note: You can replace the cranberries with store-bought cranberry sauce or 3 tablespoons of any other jam/preserves of your choice....
The flavors of deep, toasty, caramel melt into tart green apples that are sautéed in brown butter, sugar, and syrup then perched on top of moist, buttery, and maple-laden cake.
These sweet dumplings blur the line between brunch and dessert, but some mornings call for a bit of sugar, or maple syrup. Instead of using syrup as a garnish it becomes the central player in this warm, sweet breakfast. These dumplings come out plump and coated in reduced syrup, and although the rye whiskey is optional it adds an agreeable boozy element to this dish.
Use grade B maple syrup if you can; it has a more pronounced flavor that stands up to ice cream all the more. Serve this with warm pears (poached, caramelized, or in cobbler) and some toasted pecans.
This applesauce, made with maple syrup, brown sugar, and fresh cranberries, is downright dessert-worthy. Each bite tastes like it was swiped from the middle of a pie. Try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some crushed amaretti cookies or graham crackers.
This spicy wine cocktail from Jim Meehan of PDT calls for Beaujolais Nouveau, but you can substitute any light-bodied red wine. Balance an apple slice on the edge of the glass as a garnish.
Grade B Syrup gives these chewy cookies a strong, sweet maple flavor.
I love the combination of tart, juicy blueberries and caramelized, earthy maple syrup. This versatile conserve is a cinch to prepare, and would be wonderful over sweets like vanilla ice cream or pancakes, or savories like a wheel of baked brie.
I often find myself with a half quart or so of leftover buttermilk in my fridge from various cooking projects, like pancakes or homemade crème fraîche, and I could never really figure out what to do with it until now: a Buttermilk Gin Flip.