pomegranate recipe

Plum and Pomegranate Sauce

Pulled Pork with Plum and Pomegranate Sauce

I had plums and wanted to use them with some pork I was cooking. I like pairing fruits with meats and other savory ingredients. I pureed the plums, then used them as the base for a sauce I needed for pulled pork. One of my dinner guests was not a big fan of more tomato based barbecue sauces, so I  figured plum sauce might be a better option. I added pomegranate syrup for more tang- and for its pretty color, along with a handful of other ingredients. I let it simmer down until nice and thick, then stirred it into my pulled pork. Even the guest who said she is not normally a fan of pulled pork liked it with this sauce. It would also go well with poultry and lamb.

Plum and Pomegranate Sauce

3 T. oil- you could use butter or bacon fat, if you like
1 medium onion, minced
2 gloves garlic, minced
2 c. plum puree*
½ c. pomegranate molasses**
½ c. apple cider vinegar
2 T. honey- or a little more to taste
2 t. hot sauce- or to taste
1 t. grated ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in pan and cook onions until very tender. Add the garlic and cook another minute or two, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add remaining ingredients and cook until sauce is thickened, about 30 minutes. I simmer the sauce and stir more often as it reduces to avoid scorching. You should cook it down to around 2 cups. Adjust seasonings once it is cooked down. Use with pulled pork, on chicken or as a glaze for duck or even lamb.
* To make the plum puree- dip plums in boiling water for 30 -60 seconds. Remove them to a bowl with ice water to cool. Slip off skins and discard. Remove pits and discard them, too. Place plums in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. You’ll need about 1½ pounds of plums for 2 cups of puree.
** Pomegranate molasses can be found in some grocery stores and in specialty stores. It is pomegranate juice that is boiled down until it becomes thick and syrupy.

Honey-Pomegranate Glazed Ribs

Honey-Pomegranate Glazed Ribs

I like my ribs to be fall off the bone tender, but still have a crispy exterior glaze. I decided to use a combination of moist and dry heat to get the result I wanted. I finished them off with a sauce made from pomegranate molasses and honey. They were really good.

While I prefer cooking ribs on the grill, you can cook them indoors with good results. Sometimes the weather isn’t right for cooking them outside. Sometimes, you realize too late, that you are out of charcoal. With so many rainy days lately, you might be forced to cook your ribs indoors.

Honey-Pomegranate Glazed Ribs

1 slab ribs, cut into 3-4 rib portions

salt and pepper

1 c. apple cider vinegar

2 T. soy sauce

1 T. hot sauce

1 t. garlic powder

1 t. smoked paprika


3/4 c. pomegranate molasses*

1/2 c. honey- or more to taste

1 T. hot sauce, or more to taste

Place rib portions in a large pan and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Cover and chill for a couple of hours. You could even do this the night before. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place rack in large baking dish. Pour 2 cups of water into the bottom of the pan. Place rib portions on the rack. Pour over the marinade. Season with salt and pepper then place in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Turn heat down to 400 degrees.  Remove ribs from oven. Place ribs in a fresh baking pan. Combine glaze ingredients and brush all over the ribs. Return to oven and bake 20-30 minutes longer, or until glaze has gotten sticky and browned a little.

*Pomegranate molasses is available in some specialty stores, or you can make your own by boiling down pomegranate juice until it gets thickened.

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.

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