Grilled Maple-Glazed Apple Slices


1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 to 2 teaspoons soy sauce (optional)
2 large tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady
Vegetable oil 

To prepare the glaze, in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, combine maple syrup, cider and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then add the cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by about a quarter. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the soy sauce. Taste and adjust with more, if desired. Let cool to room temperature, then remove the spices.
Heat grill to medium-low.
Using an apple corer, cut out the cores and seeds from both apples, leaving apples otherwise whole. Setting the apples on their sides, cut each into 1/2-inch-thick rings. Brush both sides of each apple ring with oil.
When grill is ready, place apple rings on grill grates and cook with grill covered for 2 minutes per side, or until they have deep grill marks on both sides. Brush tops of apple rings with glaze, then cook for another 2 minutes. Turn over, brush with more glaze, then grill for another 2 minutes.
You won’t need all of the glaze this recipe makes. The extra can be covered and refrigerated for several weeks. It is delicious over pancakes, waffles, French toast or ice cream. It also is great used on chicken, turkey and pork.
Makes 1 cup of glaze.

Courtesy of :

Dori Ross