Sweet Meets Savory: Simple Syrup Recipes with Blank Slate Kitchen

What comes to mind at the mention of simple syrup?

Most likely there are visions of liquid sugar enhancing a cocktail or pitcher of lemonade, but when Blank Slate Kitchen sent me their Rich Simple Syrups I was challenged to think beyond the drink.

With 4 flavorful varieties, my imagination began to muse over the possibilities.

The flavors:

  • Black Pepper
  • Bird’s Eye Chili
  • Vanilla
  • Palm Sugar
With flavors like black pepper and chili in front of me, I wanted to see what I could concoct in the savory realm.
I focused my first efforts on the Bird’s Eye Chili syrup. Naturally, I wanted to keep it spicy, but keep in mind that this was essentially spicy sugar – a challenge indeed.

I have 2 recipes to share from my experiments, and look forward to sharing more creations with the other flavors soon.

1. Bird’s Eye Chili Spicy Pickles

I usually add a touch of sweet to my pickle brines (like honey or maple syrup), so this recipe felt like an intuitive collection of flavors, and it turned out to be simply delicious.


2.  Bird’s Eye Chili Veg + Lentil Braise

Braising is not a technique I employ often but it felt like a good fit for the spicy syrup, which it turned out to be. I can best describe this dish as lusciously spicy, with refreshing pineapple and mint to keep it balanced.

Having to work within parameters always helps me to produce out-of-the-box results, so I appreciate the opportunity to stretch my comfort zone and work with a familiar product in an unusual (for me) application.Click To Tweet

I think there’s a lesson here to look beyond the innate simplicity of everyday ingredients and challenge ourselves to maximize their potential in new ways.

What is something inherently sweet that you have used in a savory application?



Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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