It occurred to me after my Ruby Salad post last week that some of you might be wondering what else to do with the jar of pomegranate molasses you just bought to make the dressing. Or perhaps you were even questioning the wisdom of buying a jar just to make a dressing.
So, apart from salad dressings, what can you do with it? Here are a few simple suggestions.
Make a refreshing drink by mixing 1 teaspoon of pomegranate molasses with lemon juice and sugar; then add water or soda and adjust to your taste. You could also turn this into a cocktail by adding the alcohol of your choice – vodka and rum both work really well with this.
Use to glaze the skin of a chicken or duck breast before cooking – skin will be crispy and a little sour.
Glaze a rack of lamb before cooking, or use to dip barbecued lamb cutlets.
Make a marinade for salmon fillets by combining: 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup dry sherry, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 clove of garlic, crushed. Marinate up to 4 hours, remove from marinade and bake in a 160oC oven for 10 minutes. While fish is baking pour marinade into a saucepan, and reduce over low heat to about half. Drizzle reduced pomegranate marinade over fish to serve.
Baked fish parcels – place pieces of firm fleshed fish in centre of piece of tinfoil or parchment paper, drizzle over pomegranate molasses, slivers of garlic, sliced lemon, and finely sliced fennel. Complete with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, close up parcel, and bake at 180oC till cooked through.
Make a dressing using pomegranate molasses, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt and freshly ground black pepper, add chopped flat leaf parsley and mint. Use this dressing over any of the following combinations:
* Char-grilled eggplant and courgette, roasted tomatoes and carrots, black olives and feta cheese
* Roasted pumpkin and mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, baby spinach and grilled haloumi (see Source Guide)
* Mesclun leaves, toasted walnuts, sliced apple, raisins and goats cheese
Drizzle pomegranate molasses over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers.
I also came across this recipe on Epicurious for Oranges with Pomegranate Molasses and Honey, which I haven’t tried yet but which is high on my list of things to try real soon, especially with oranges being in season right now. I just know that this is going to be great.
If you enjoy any of these suggestions, or maybe have a few of your own, please feel free to leave a comment. I would be really pleased to hear your ideas.
* Lastly, even though I mentioned above that pomegranate molasses are now "relatively" easy to find, here in
Elsewhere available from: Sabato
*HaloumiAlso available in