Monday, January 7, 2008

Pomegranate Molasses

My sweet Mr.W gave me a bottle of pomegranate molasses for Christmas, and I need to come up with some uses for it, other than the occasional sneak of a taste right from the refrigerator door, that is.

I've read that it plays heavily in Middle Eastern cuisine. Can it also be used for a drizzle on sweets?

I'd love some suggestions.

10 comments:

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Never heard of it. Is it a pomegranate syrup, or actual molasses?

Mrs. W said...

Hi, Jenn. Pomegranate molasses is a boiled-down pomegranate juice, and sweet-sour tasting. Very thick. Yummy.

Lulu said...

Jenn asked exactly what I was going to. Sounds very yummy! I say marinate a steak or pork chops in it...

Lulu said...

P.S. I love that Jenn's picture is exactly like yours! It cracks me up!

Mrs. W said...

You are so right, Lulu--I think using it for a pork chop or steak would be a good introduction, and move forward from there. Good thinking!

Hahah... I had not realized our pics are similar... must be because we're up here in the frigid North! However it is thawing now... for the time being we're having some nice weather. A nice January break!

Robin said...

I have a wonderful recipe for meatballs with quince and pomegranate that uses it. I've successfully substituted apples when quince weren't in season and other than a few spices the rest of the ingredients aren't too esoteric (especially since you've already got the pomegranate syrup). Let me know if you'd like the recipe and I'll translate it for you.

In any case, it's a wonderful addition to a fruit-based meat sauce. It would probably go well with any sauce (for meat) that you'd use berries in, and I'd bet it would also be good with pork.

Lulu said...

BTW - I linked over to The Wooden Spoon blog to sign up for the mixer. Thank goodness I saw the link on your blog! I really need a new mixer!!

Mrs. W said...

Robin, I would LOVE the recipe! Thank you!

Kathy said...

Hi! I spent a lot of time in Azerbaijan last year and a version of this pomegrante syrup was frequently served alongside fish (typically sturgeon). I liked it a lot and bought a tiny glass jar to carry home, but had it confiscated at the Frankfurt airport! Darn!

Mrs. W said...

Oh, man! That stinks!

Mr.W bought it from The Spice House. I've purchased several things from them in the past--always of excellent quality.

I'm not sure I'd like that sauce with fish, though... you're so adventurous!

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