Monday, October 11, 2010

POM Juice is Wonderful!

As a kid I loved pomegranates. My grandma would bring me and brother one each and we'd cut them open and get the juice and the seeds everywhere. Loved it. Somehow the mess was half the fun. Maybe not for my mother :) My kids love pomegranates, too!  Only now I know the trick of pulling the seeds out in a big bowl of water. So they don't go everywhere. But we never do that. That's no fun. Although I do cheat and buy them already seeded! Or juice! The folks at POM Wonderful were nice to send me a case of POM juice. Eight lovely little bottles arrived the other day, and I was forced to leave a note to my kids on two of them that said, HANDS OFF! and they listened! Because they knew something good would come out of it!

And something good did...

Lamb Chops with a Pomegranate Glaze!

Pomegranate Glaze, thick and syrupy!

The recipe called for steaks, but I had lamb chops and no steak, so that was that. And it was an absolutely gorgeous day to grill. So the Griller took care of the chops, while I started on the salad dressing and the glaze! Miss Picky won't touch lamb chops, so she had the glaze on boneless, skinless grilled chicken breasts.  

Everyone was happy! 
 and I still have one bottle left. All mine. I'm sure it will end up as cocktail! Definitely!

Arugula and Baby Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Lamb Chops with Peppercorns and Pomegranate Glaze
Source: Bon App├ętit - November 2009/ Test Kitchen
Adapted by There's Always Thyme to Cook
Printable Recipe

8 baby lamb chops
Peppercorn mix, coarsely ground (pink, green, white, black peppercorns) or all black pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup pomegranate juice
4 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

2 cups arugula
3 cups baby spinach
small jar marinated mushrooms
handful shredded carrots
half red pepper, half yellow pepper, sliced thin
big handful of toasted walnuts
1 tablespoon of the pomegranate glaze
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle chops very generously with pepper and salt.  Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops; cook to desired doneness. Transfer lamb chops to platter.

Add pomegranate juice, golden brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar to skillet; if grilling use a small saucepan, and boil until reduced to about 1/4 cup glaze, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Season glaze to taste with a bit of salt.

In a jar, add the olive oil, rice vinegar, salt and pepper and a tablespoon of the pomegranate glaze. Shake it up. Adjust seasonings, if needed.

Toss spinach, arugula, carrots, mushroom, and bell peppers with the vinaigrette in a medium bowl. Divide salad evenly among the plates. Top with toasted walnuts. Place two or three lamb chops alongside the salad. Drizzle glaze generously on the lamb chops and serve.

Thanks again to Ryan at POM Wonderful!


  1. That looks delicious. I've never cared for lamb but this recipe looks tempting!

  2. There's always something new and creative in your kitchen Carol. Cooking lamb chops is always a treat to me! Yum!

  3. I love lamb and love pomegranates but never thought of pairing them.
    One of my dad's earlies memories is of his much-older sister lounging with a book and a pomegranate. For some reason this has stayed with him for over 80 years.

  4. Excellent! I am def going to use mine to cook, as neither one of us like it as juice.
    I love the bottle though! I am making something with them!
    Dinner looks fabulous!

  5. The only way I will eat lamb is if it's a rack or chops and grilled. Then I love it! The glaze and salad dressing sound (POM) wonderful! I love drinking it plain too.

  6. I bet these chops will have this sweet flavor pomegranate leaves after cooking it. They sure look awesome.

  7. Lamb chops! My husband will be in heaven if I show him this! I love POM so much. This meal will be perefect for both of us.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a fun thing to recipe a case of POM to test! You did them proud with these recipes - the chops look great but I bet it also tasted great on Miss P's chicken :)

    Great photos!

  9. I have not tried pom juice yet. The chops look great!

  10. Looks delicious! Pomegranate juice is so delicious and can be used in so many kinds of recipes.

  11. yumm, I love pomergranate juice, even used to extract them manually from the fruit using cheese cloth, its not easy getting a good quality bottled pomergrate juice though. great idea of using it with lamb looks delicious. HAve a nice day!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous. I love pom wonderful and their product. I love pomegranate molasses, too. Poms are so good for you. Your recipe looks scrumptious and the pics are mouthwatering.

  13. Sounds absolutely mouth-watering, and makes me so hungry. Your photos add the affects so well too!

  14. I love lamb, Carol and this POM Wonderful glaze looks so good! The pomegranate vinaigrette is also such a wonderful idea. You did a good job!

  15. this sounds so good. great post. thank you for sharing.

  16. Wow... you have the best recipes! Lamb Chops with a Pomegranate Glaze sounds so delicious and one that I would really like to make. Thanks for posting!

  17. That picture is gorgeous -- my mouth is watering!!!

  18. Beautiful plating! And you've piqued my curiosity with the glaze. I've never had straight up pomegranate juice, let alone the fruit. Closest I've come is an Ocean Spray blend. That's about to change! I like lamb, but Mike doesn't, so I'll take a nod from Miss Picky and use chicken.

    From the looks of those carrots I'm guessing you got a nifty julienne tool?

  19. Carol, thanks for linking in these lamb dishes. I really like the sound of the pomegranate glaze! Cheers


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