pomegranate recipe

Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Pomegranate Glaze

Herb Crusted Pork Chop with Pomegranate Glaze

I made this recipe the other night and was so happy with the way the pork chops tasted. I decided to share the recipe with you. It was really pretty simple. The key to cooking pork is not to overcook it. These were lean pork chops and they could have dried out easily.

You don’t want pork to be raw, but it can be a little link in the middle. This one was juicy and very tender, too. I used pomegranate jelly to give it a sweetness. If you don’t have pomegranate jelly (I posted the recipe for that yesterday), you could use cherry jelly instead. either would work nicely.

The Tuscan Seasoning I used is my own blend. The recipe for that follows. You can use it in all sorts of dishes. I love adding it to soups, or combining it with olive oil and dipping bread into it.

 

 

 

Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Pomegranate Glaze

pork chops – allow 1 large chop per person

salt- I used pink salt

Tuscan seasoning- recipe follows

Pomegranate jelly- 2 Tablespoons for each pork chop

 

Heat skillet over medium high heat. While pan heats up, sprinkle each pork chop with salt and the Tuscan seasoning. Rub seasoning mix all over the chops to cover well. Place chops in skillet and cook until nice and golden on one side before turning. Continue cooking until chop is golden on both sides. The pork chops I was cooking were about an inch thick. I kept them over a medium heat- so it would cook through without burning. I prefer my pork just a little pink in the middle. Feel free to cook your chops longer, until meat gets to the doneness level you prefer.

Once the chops are close to done, spoon the jelly into the skillet. As the jelly melts, spoon it over the chops. Remove the chops to rest a few minutes before serving. Continue cooking the jelly in the pan until thickened and a little syrupy. Spoon over the chops before serving.

 

Tuscan Seasoning

½ c. dried basil

½ c. dried oregano

½ c. dried marjoram

3 T. dried minced onion

2 T. dried minced garlic

2 T. dried rosemary

2 T. dried parsley

1 t. crushed red pepper

 

Use this blend in tomato sauce or other Italian dishes. Also, you can add to vinegar and oil with a little salt, if desired, to make a quick salad dressing.

 

 

Homemade Pomegranate Jelly

Pomegranate Jelly

Pomegranate Jelly

I had a bottle of pomegranate juice that I hadn’t used. Decided to turn it into jelly. Haven’t canned anything in a couple of months so it was fun. Of course I didn’t think about the fact that I am out of bread. Going to bake some now so I’ll be able to enjoy my pomegranate jelly on toast for breakfast. 🙂

Pomegranate Jelly

5 c. pomegranate juice

1/4 c. lemon juice

1 box powdered pectin

5 c. granulated sugar

6-7 jelly jars with lids

 Prepare canning jars. Wash jars in hot soapy water. Rinse well and keep warm until ready to use. Prepare lids according to package directions.  Get a large pot of water boiling for processing the jelly. Measure pomegranate juice and lemon juice into a 6-quart pan. Add pectin, stir and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Cook until mixture reaches a full rolling boil, that cannot be stirred down, and add sugar. Return to a boil and boil hard for exactly 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand for a minute and skim off foam. Ladle hot jelly into jars to 1/2″ of the top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids.  Place the jelly jars, not touching, on a rack in pot of boiling water. If you don’t have a rack for the bottom of the pot place a towel in the pot just before putting in the jars. The jars cannot sit directly on the bottom of the pot.  The water should cover the top of the jars by at least an inch. Cover pot and start timing when water returns to a boil.  Boil for 10 minutes and then remove from the water. Let the jars cool. Check seals, the lids should be sucked down (you’ll hear a popping noise as the jelly cools). Yield – 6-7 cups.

* source – Ball canning recipe but I added the lemon juice to hold the color better.