Maple Candied Pecans: Toast pecans in a cast iron pan over medium heat, stirring often, until frangrant and browning. While stirring rapidly, drizzle with maple syrup. Stir until all liquids have evaporated, take off the heat and continue stirring for one minute. Leave nuts in pan until room temerature. A great addition to salad, rosted vegetables or even to garnish a dessert, maple candied pecans is a tasty way to eat your maple at Thanksgiving!
It’s the most foodiest time of the year. So, naturally, we’re all about how to serve maple at Thanksgiving! Spoiler alert: it involves turkey, nuts, and lots and lots and LOTS of pumpkin.
Maple at Thanksgiving starts with . . . starts. Care for some Bacon Wrapped Carrots or Maple-Prosciutto Baked Brie?
Maple at Thanksgiving most definately involves the bird. You can choose Maple Brined Turkey or Maple-Applejack Brined Turkey with Andouille Sausage. Or go for a different bird alltogether with a Smoked Maple Syrup Goose! Either way, don’t forget the Homemade Maple Cranberry Sauce!
Maple at Thanksgiving abounds in sides as well. Soup course? Try Miso-Maple Acorn Squash Soup or Vegan Pumpkin Soup with Candied Pecans. To get your greens in: Bright Fall Salad or Chopped Raddichio, Pear, Bacon and Walnut Salad. Forget that old casserole and try Tempura Green Beans with Sweet Ginger Dipping Sauce. Put a new twist on spuds with Hassleback Potatoes, Smoked Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Maple Syrup or Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes.
And don’t even get us started on sprouts. Maple at Thanksgiving has those too: Maple-Roasted Brussels with Wild Rice, Roasted Maple-Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Sweet-Tart-Salty Glaze.
And, in closing: maple at Thanksgiving most definately does dessert. With apples: Apple Blondies. With pears: Pear Gouda Galette and Maple Poached Pears. In bread form: Fig and Cacao Holiday Bread, Spicy Molasses and Maple Loaf, and Gingerbread Muffins with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze. With nuts: Maple Honey Pecan Pie. By itself: Salted Maple Pie.
And pumpkin. So much pumpkin: Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Flan with Maple Caramel, Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin Pie Buns with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze, and Pumpkin Pudding Parfait.
With best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Vermont Evaporator Company. Dig in!