It’s that time of year when our favorite flavor makes a festive appearance no matter how we celebrate. In 2022, especially, maple makes the holiday meal!
When fueling a busy day of holiday prep, a cozy day of watching the season’s first snowfall, or celebrating the shortest day of the year, the flavor does not dissapoint; maple makes the holiday meal at breakfast for sure! Make Apple Pie Overnight Oats, Pumpkin Muffins, Maple Berry Baked Yogurt or Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal.
Taking in as much World Cup as possible this holiday season? Us too! While watching, snack on Maple Bourbon Wings, a slice of Fruit and Nut Seed Loaf and a Maple Leaf Cocktail. Or try Maple Chili Glazed Mixed Nuts and a Maple Bacon Old Fashioned. For a power play, try Maple Cherry Sea Salt Energy Balls or Apple Pie Protein Bites and a Maple Latte. Need real sustenance to watch all that running? Up your chili game with maple.
Maple makes the holiday meal in a big way when at table with friends and family. For meaty maple mains, try Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Chicken, or your favorite cut of whatever with NYC-Style Maple Mole. And seasonal sides abound! Simply stated, this embarassment of riches includes Hazelnut, Squash, Apple and Hazelnut Salad with Maple Hazelnut Viniagrette, Braised Collards with Tumeric, Maple Parmasean Scalloped Sweet Potatoes, Glazed Bourbon Maple Shallots, Maple Butter Corn Muffins, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Kale and Tahini, Spicy Maple Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pepitas, Maple Dijon Brussel Sprouts, Miso Maple Roasted Parsnips, Roasted Beet Salad, Brandy Roasted Carrots with Maple Glaze, Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes, Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Maple Glazed Carrots and Parsnips with Bacon, Mixed Greens with Maple Mustard Dressing, and Pumpkin Dinner Rolls. Sigh.
And for dessert . . . maple. Whether in Jam Thumprint Cookies, No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, Pomegranite Cheesecake, Quebec’s own “Unemployed Pudding,” Pumpkin-Spice Mini Donuts with Maple Cream or a simple Maple Walnut Biscuit, maple makes the holiday dessert as well!
And with that, a very happy holiday season to you and yours. And a reminder that more maple recipes are always around the corner, around here. Be well!