How to Make Sauce Using Pure Maple Syrup
Raise your hand if you love sauce. Seriously, shouldn’t we all celebrate hollandaise, bearnaise, hoisin, mole, marinara, and the many, many more sauces that make us sappy?
Our crew drilled down into the history of saucing, and most deliciously, how to make maple syrup-inspired sauce and mix it into your next meal.
A sweet HISTORY OF SAUCE
Humans have been tossing together sauces across the centuries to add flavor to their food.
According to Cookist.com, the first record or recipe of a sauce dates back to 25 B.C. And around the globe, different cultures have dreamed up a staggering array of concoctions to add flavor, color, and moisture and help bring dishes together. For a quick tour, check out Taste Atlas’ “100 Most Popular Sauces in the World.”
Of course, maple syrup enthusiasts far and wide know that syrup is a key ingredient (science even calls it a hero ingredient) in countless dishes — and the same is true when it comes to sauces.
Adding a little pure maple syrup into any sauce — not a lot though — can create a sweet and natural flavor befitting of the true taste of the forest.
Here is a sampling of some great ways to make National Sauce Month more fun with our favorite ingredient — SAPJACK Maple Syrup:
13 AWESOME MAPLE SYRUP-INFUSED SAUCES
Maple Syrup Infused Green Tomato Chutney – key ingredients include green tomatoes, tart apples, yellow onion, dried cranberries, golden raisins, lemon, ginger, anise, panch phoron (an Indian spice mix), and ½ cup SAPJACK’s Grade A Golden maple syrup. [Flavor n’ Spice]
Thai Peanut Sauce a la SAPJACK– this maple-infused twist on ever-popular peanut sauce is great with healthy spring rolls, “salads, tofu, tempeh, noodles, as a dip for veggies and so much more.” [Jessica in the Kitchen]
Blueberry Barbecue Sauce – “A uniquely delicious, sweet, and tart character that goes exceptionally well with pork or chicken. Ideal for BBQ pork ribs.” [Rock Recipes]
Vegan BBQ Sauce – Made with maple, suggested dishes and related recipes include BBQ Cauliflower Bites, Vegan BBQ Pulled ‘Pork’ Sandwiches, BBQ Chickpea Sliders, Black Bean Burgers, and as a savory dip for Sweet Potato Fries. [Veggies Don’t Bite]
Maple Soy Ginger Sauce – pretty simple; syrup, soy, grated ginger, and black pepper … “A wonderfully flavorful sauce. Just a little goes a long way.” [Tasty Kitchen]
5 Minute Maple Dijon Sauce – great as a dressing on salads, as a dip for pretzels, drizzled over veggies or grain bowls (see video). [Wee Little Vegans]
Tahini Stir Fry Sauce – a versatile sauce with maple sweetness and a ginger/garlic “zing” factor, delish on veggie and grain bowls, stir-fries, or noodles. [Yummly]
Maple Garlic Sauce – “perfect for dipping & marinating your favorite dishes” … for example, chicken (or cauliflower) wings. [The Edgy Veggie]
Ultimate Cranberry Sauce – “flavors of bourbon … perfect with turkey, great on cheese platters, awesome in sandwiches, and great mixed in yogurt.” [Yummly]
Quick Maple Mayo Sauce – “a perfectly sweet, tangy and creamy sauce; great for fry dipping, smearing on sandwiches or on chicken … who would have thought maple syrup and mayonnaise would make the best of friends?” [Wine a Little Cook a Lot]
Maple-Horseradish Sauce – make it using SAPJACK, horseradish, Dijon mustard, fresh thyme, paprika, black pepper, sea salt, and allspice … “We use this on grilled hamburgers and steaks as a side sauce. Delicious!” [Tasty Kitchen]
Maple Cream Sauce – “a versatile sauce that is delicious on everything from breakfast treats to rich desserts.” [The Spruce Eats]
Black Bean Dipping Sauce with Maple Syrup – fermented black bean paste is “eye-bulgingly salty and all kinds of funky” … blended with maple syrup, peanut butter, chili oil, and water, it’s delicious with dumplings, roasted chicken, seared pork chops, and more. [Serious Eats]