Main dishes with maple
April 8, 2010
By Ginger Isham
Here are two main courses to cook up using maple syrup:
Salmon Fillets with Maple Fruit Glaze
6 skinless salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
juice of l lemon
1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
dash of salt
1/8 teaspoon white or black pepper
Combine oil, chili powder, lemon juice, ginger, garlic salt and pepper in a glass dish. Add salmon and turn to coat. Marinate for 5 minutes and then put salmon in a baking dish and bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. Top each fillet with the sauce below, a maple fruit glaze.
Maple Fruit Glaze
juice from 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange
1 cup of maple syrup (medium to dark grade)
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped (can substitute fresh or dried parsley)
grated black pepper
Cook fruit juices until consistency of syrup. Stir in maple syrup and cook until reduced to a syrup consistency. Cool slightly and when ready to serve add cilantro and pepper.
Orange Chicken Wings with Spice
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup maple syrup (medium to dark grade)
2 oranges, halved and cut out into sections
1 teaspoon cinnamon
16 to 20 chicken wings
Mix syrup and buttermilk. Process orange sections and cinnamon until coarse puree. Stir this into buttermilk mix; add wings. Stir to coat wings. Cover and put in fridge for 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Stir occasionally. Grill or broil. Turn from time to time and baste with buttermilk mix.
A little maple syrup can do wonders to a dish or sauce.
> When you make your own spaghetti sauce, instead of adding a little sugar to reduce acid in the recipe add a tablespoon or 2 of maple syrup.
> When making a plain vinegar and oil dressing for your salad, if it is tart or sour add a little maple syrup, which makes it more pleasing to the palate.
> Drizzle a little maple syrup over your cooked carrots or parsnips and in coleslaw. Add maple syrup in place of sugar to sweeten berries along with the cornstarch to make a sauce.
Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.