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Forget pancakes, maple syrup has so much more potential! Here are 5 simple ways to use this incredibly versatile ingredient.

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Maple, Brown Butter and Sage

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potato Ravioli, cooked to package directions

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 20 sage leaves

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat and add sage leaves. Cook on low until the butter begins to turn brown. Remove from heat and add maple syrup and cinnamon. Toss the cooked pasta in the sauce.

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Maple, Brown Butter and Sage

Maple Roasted Ham

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Stir together the mustard and maple syrup. Brush ham with glaze several times during the cooking process.

Maple Roasted Ham

Maple Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • 3/4 cup salted butter

Instructions

  1. Heat maple syrup in a sauce pan to 240˚F. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Once completely melted transfer to a stand mixer and beat until creamy and opaque (8 minutes). Store in the fridge.

Maple Butter

Homemade Maple Chai Tea

Ingredients

  • 3 chai tea bags

  • 3 cups water

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 cup 2% milk

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan steep the tea in 3 cups of boiling water. Remove the tea bags and add the maple syrup and milk.

Homemade Maple Chai Tea

Cocktail (Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour)

Ingredients

  • 2 springs of fresh rosemary

  • 1 shot of bourbon

  • 1/2 lemon juiced

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Smoke the glass by torching one stalk of rosemary and placing the glass over top. Slap the second sprig and place in a shaker along with ice, bourbon, lemon and maple syrup. Shake to mix well and then pour into the smoked glass. Throw away the burnt rosemary.

Cocktail (Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour)
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Transcript

- Hey guys, Julie here. And I am so excited about today's video. Maple syrup is my all time favorite ingredient, and today I wanna show you five unusual ways to use it. Now there are gonna be some of you that these are usual ways, but for those of you that just have maple syrup on pancakes, I'm about to learn you something. All right, recipe number one is a cocktail. It is a rosemary bourbon maple sour. Super easy to throw together. First thing I like to do is smoke the glass. So I take a little sprig of rosemary, I fire a flamethrower. Flamethrower? Flame torch, lighter, what are they called? Fire gun! - [Videographer] Blowtorch? - Blowtorch! Yes! You're gonna wanna take your blowtorch and fire up some of that rosemary, and then really quickly get a cup over top. We're smokin' the glass. Adding a little complexity of flavor. Now one little tip here. You don't wanna use a really thin glass because it is a hot smoke that will be coming off the rosemary, so I like to use this kind of nice tin mug. It also looks really cool. The next step, in a shaker or just a large mason jar, you're gonna wanna slap some rosemary. That is not a joke, that is an actual step, because we've gotta open up all those little pores and start the fragrance process. So give it a slap. Give it a spank if you will, if that's your forte. I don't know what you're into and I don't want to. I don't know you. Then I'm gonna add my ice, pour in your bourbon, squeeze in 1/2 a lemon, and add your maple syrup. Screw on the top and give that a shake. And now, pour that into your glass. The next recipe is another beverage and another simple one. It is homemade chai tea. In a saucepan pour in three cups of water and bring to a boil. Steep three chai teabags, or if you make your own chai, props to you! Steep it how you normally do. Then remove the teabags and add in your milk and maple syrup. I like to reheat that a little bit, 'cause I want it to be nice and hot, the milk really brings down the temperature. And then get ready to serve it. All right, this third recipe is a hit in my house. It is homemade maple butter. Girl, this goes good on pancakes, French toast, regular toast, waffles. Anywhere that you use butter, you're gonna wanna use this. Just a heads up. Maybe not. Mashed potatoes, but also maybe mashed potatoes. Definitely mashed sweet potatoes though. First thing you wanna do is heat maple syrup in a saucepan. We're gonna try and get it to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. That is known as soft-ball stage. Then we are going to add in our butter and melt it completely. Once the butter is melted, this is not a time to sit back and relax. You're gonna need to get it mixing right away. So get it into a stand mixer or into a bowl and use a hand mixer. We are going to wanna mix this for about eight to 10 minutes. I know it sounds like a long process, but as the maple syrup and butter mixture cools down, we're gonna incorporate air and we're gonna break up the candy aspect of the maple syrup. That's gonna turn it into this really creamy and opaque butter. And like I said, serve it on anything. Hell, eat it by the spoon. I've been known to do that. My arteries are probably like, Julie what the hell's goin' on? And I'm just like, shut up, it's so good. Recipe number four! Really, really simple. Basically anywhere you use sugar or brown sugar, just sub it for maple syrup. Use a little bit less, 'cause of course maple syrup is quite a bit sweeter. So how about this? How about a maple and Dijon roasted ham? Really, really simple. Incorporate your maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Glaze your ham every 10, 15 minutes. I like to do it three or four times, so I get a nice kind of coating, and I shellac, if you will. And then just serve it up. It is a delicious take on a honey roasted ham, but with that little maple kiss, if you will. All right, and now for the last recipe. Can you believe we already made it? We're already almost done. And I saved the best one for last. This is a butternut squash gnocchi with maple, brown butter, and sage sauce. Really simple, you're just gonna wanna melt off your butter. Keep a close eye on it because it's gonna get really foamy and you're not gonna be able to see what's going on underneath. But after about a minute or so, the butter will start to brown, so then you wanna incorporate your sage. As you stir it through, you'll see that the color of the butter is changing and the sage is starting to crisp up, as well as taken that nice rich, brown butter flavor. Then all you gotta do, incorporate your maple syrup and your cinnamon, stir that all together and then toss through your cooked gnocchi, or if you like, sweet potato ravioli, butternut squash ravioli, even just something as simple as tortellini or regular pasta. This sauce is delicious on everything! Serve it up. And you know what to do. Just eat it. That's your job. It's a good one to have. Well there you have my five unusual ways to use maple syrup. I hope you enjoyed them. I hope some of them were exciting and enlightening for you. Thanks for watching, and I will see you next time.