5 Maple syrup recipes that prove it isn't just for breakfast (VIDEO)

Mar 18, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. ET

There's a reason maple syrup is a much-beloved staple in chef kitchens. And that reason isn't pancakes. The versatile sweetener shines in a variety of savory dishes too. From how to make your own syrup when you're running low to a grilled cheese you won't be able to resist, these are our favorite maple syrup recipes that take the ingredient beyond just breakfast.

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1. How to make maple syrup

Homemade Maple Syrup

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup extract

Directions:

  1. In a pan, melt the butter and sugar together.
  2. Add the buttermilk.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 minute, and then remove it from the heat.
  4. Add the baking soda, vanilla and maple syrup extract.

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