I was looking for some inspiration for a healthy, delicious dinner the other night and came across pomegranate molasses at the neighborhood gourmet grocer. I had read an article about it in a food magazine at some point in time and really wanted to try it out. Plus, I love exotic ingredients. This particular brand is a Lebanese product. Either the bottle was really old or the molasses had welded the cap closed, but it was extremely hard to open. It looks liquidy in the picture, but it is a thick, sour, reddish-brown syrup. I guess that is what is expected when you infuse molasses with pomegranate. I seared a bone-in pork chop, then glazed it with the pomegranate molasses, rubbed some minced garlic and rosemary on both sides and popped it in the oven. I wasn't that crazy about how it tasted--I wanted the glaze to be sweeter rather than sour. Next time, I'd definitely mix the molasses with honey beforehand. I roasted sweet potatoes and sauteed kale (yes, more kale) with garlic, shallots, lemon juice and pecans. It was a colorful, healthy and pretty tasty dinner.
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