In finished form, maple syrup contains about 66% sugar, starting from the 2% sugar in the tree sap. They served a tasty pancake breakfast made with locally milled flour and local pork sausage and all the fresh maple syrup you want. It was a treat! But maple syrup is not just for pancakes. Here's a recipe that you can make for dinner and I have a great tip on using the left overs.
Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Chipotle Sauce
Courtesy - Cooking Light; Serves 4
1 pound pork tenderloin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp fresh chopped
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp olive oil
1 - 3 1/2 ounce can of chipotle in adobo sauce (use only 1 chile + 2 tsp)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tbs chicken broth
2 tsp cider vinegar
- To prepare pork, combine first 6 ingredients; sprinkle evenly over pork. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and refrigerate 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Remove pork from bag. Place pork in a roasting pan; drizzle with oil. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in center of pork registers 155°. Remove pork from pan; cover and let stand 10 minutes.
- To prepare sauce, remove 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from can of chiles; reserve remaining chiles and sauce for another use. Add 2 teaspoons adobo sauce, syrup, broth, and vinegar to roasting pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Place pork in pan, turning to coat. Remove pork from pan, reserving sauce in pan. Cut pork into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Strain sauce through a fine sieve into a bowl; serve with pork.
What to do with the leftovers...
Spinach Salad with Pork Tenderloin, Pears, Blue Cheese and Maple-Chipotle Dressing
Whisk the extra sauce with a bit of olive oil until you have the consistency of salad dressing. Use the leftover pork for a salad with baby spinach, sliced red onion, olives, crumbled blue cheese, and sliced pears. You'll have a completely different meal with the leftover pork and maple-chipotle sauce.