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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pomegranate Molasses, A Gift From The (Middle Eastern) Cooking Gods

I’ve been meaning to write about pomegranate molasses ever since my dear Aunt Katy (of Healthy Living Natural Foods fame) sent me a bottle of the stuff nearly two years ago.

Pomegranate molasses is made by boiling down the juice of a particular type of tart pomegranate along with some cane sugar and lemon juice. The result is a dark, sticky syrup that adds a wonderful zing and sweetness to lots of dishes, dressings, drinks, etc.

A staple in Middle Eastern cooking, it has a unique taste that I love. Tart, sweet, and rich, it is good in soooo many things! 

Here are a few ideas to get you started: substitute it for half of the vinegar in a vinaigrette, drizzle it over butternut or delicata squash before roasting, add a few teaspoons to jazz up a beef or lamb stew, throw a splash in some iced tea or lemonade for a delicious, refreshing summer drink, or mix it with minced garlic, orange juice, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, pepper and a little olive oil to make an amazing marinade for chicken, pork or lamb before grilling.

Thankfully, pomegranate molasses is widely available in many supermarkets and smaller ethnic markets nowadays, often for just $3-$4 a bottle. If you can’t find it in a market near you, you can always find it on Amazon.com which sells a bunch of different brands. The bottle I have is made by a Lebanese company called Mymouné and it is excellent though I suspect it is probably hard to find and also on the more expensive end of the spectrum.

Or, if you’ve got some time on your hands, you can make it yourself though this will probably cost you more than buying a bottle since pomegranate juice is kinda pricey. Here’s a simple pomegranate molasses syrup recipe from Elise at Simply Recipes (no pun intended.)

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Lazaro Cooks! said...

Great blog post. I enjoy reading your blog...quite informative.

Sense of Home said...

I have seen this for sale at the market and wondered how to use it. Thanks for the ideas.