Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pomegranate Molasses

When I shop I usually go with not too much in mind, sometimes I'll let the grocery shelves be my guide about what's for dinner.  So I'll make do with whatever looks good at the moment. I'm a marketer's dream. New? Improved? I'll try it? Trial size? I'll take a chance! So after hearing about pomegranate molasses a while back, I looked for it and finally found some. Now what to do with it? An internet search brought up a really great sounding recipe and when I clicked to it, the picture was divine. Looked just so good to me. Of course what I turned out looked absolutely nothing like the original recipe. Not even close. But that could be because I didn't follow the directions. But delicious anyway.  Mine was dictated by the smoke alarm, of course. Hey, you know honey has the tendency to smoke and burn. I proved it right.

In the end, it was delicious even with my adaptions from pure laziness. No peeling, no dicing, no time! We loved the flavors, the sweetness of the honey and potato with the tart pomegranate molasses! and the toasty walnuts, in my case very toasted!  My kids had never had pomegranate molasses, they found it very tart. Maybe a bit too tart for them. but the Griller and I loved this one. I posted my adaptions and a link to the original! and of course I didn't take a picture of the burned parts!

Not pretty but it sure did taste great!

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Glaze
adapted There's Always Thyme to Cook
Source: original recipe created by Susan Russo of Foodblogga.com
Printable Recipe

3 large sweet potatoes, sliced somewhat thick
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
2 sprigs thyme, plus 1 extra for garnish
salt and fresh ground pepper
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

*If you don't have pomegranate molasses then you can mix 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice with 1 tablespoon honey OR mix 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice with 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar and reduce it in a saucepan on the stove until thickened.

Pomegranate seeds (arils) for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl toss the potatoes with olive oil, honey, thyme, and salt and pepper, until well coated. Place the potatoes on a sheet pan or a baking dish, lined with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.

Roast potatoes for about 40-45 minutes, or until just tender when pierced with a fork. Sprinkle the walnuts around the potatoes and drizzle the pomegranate molasses on top of the potatoes and roast for about five more minutes.

Place potatoes in a serving dish, season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. You can drizzle more pomegranate molasses, if desired.

*Pomegranate molasses (also called pomegranate syrup or paste) is a thick sweet and sour syrup. It can be found in Middle Eastern specialty markets.


  1. Looks good, and sounds different. You could always sprinkle some brown sugar for the ones who like it less tart!

  2. Sounds good...I have never tried pomegranate molasses, either...love pomegranates. For some reason I thought it would be cloyingly sweet and not tart. I haven't seen it in any of the local stores...will look for it next time I am in the city.

  3. Actually, I think yours looks much better than the original with the sweet potatoes being sliced and the skins left on!!! I will be looking for the pomegranate molasses, it sounds great with it being tart; a perfect match for the sweet potatoes. Now if I could just get hubby to eat the sweet potatoes!

  4. Ooooh, that does sound good. I love the flavor combinations! I looks pretty to me ;)

  5. Oh, wow... what an unusual and yummy looking dish! Pomegranate molasses is new to me but sounds intriguing!

  6. I am going to Wegman's soon and will look for this. If any store carries it in my area, it will be Wegmans. Your photo looks great Carol!

  7. Those actually do sound good - I have found pomegranate pepper jelly (which I love) but not the molasses. I've been using sweet potatoes more and more - love the flavor!


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