Recipe Corner (4/8/10)

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.

Maple hints

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.