Have you heard how good pomegranates are for you? Pomegranates are quickly becoming something of the little red bon vivant of the food world because of their excellent health benefits and their ability to fight free radicals. But how do you get all the incredible benefits of pomegranates into your day-to-day diet? We’ve created a short list to help you easily use pomegranate molasses in your diet today. So that you can begin to benefit from the bountiful goodness that is “the seeded apple” of ancient Persia.
How to Use Pomegranate Molasses
1. Blitzed: In a vinaigrette
In need of a quick and easy solution for lunch? Why not scatter some pomegranate seeds (or “arils”) over the top of your favorite garden salad. The juicy arils pack a flavorful punch and are the best way to get all that antioxidant goodness to work for you.
If you’re in search of something slightly more challenging, pomegranate molasses is an awesome substitute for the tartness of vinegar or lemon juice. The flavor profile of pomegranate is sweet and tangy and it also plays well with both vinegar and citrus, really adding body to the average vinaigrette. You can switch out all the citrus or keep it in and add just a teaspoonful of pomegranate molasses to give it a little extra kick. Just throw a little into your vinaigrette, give it a blitz in the blender and you’re ready to add it to your favorite bed of garden greens.
2. Drizzled: Over roasted veggies or desserts
A no-fuss, no-bother solution to jazz up a plate of seasonal, roasted vegetables is to drizzle pomegranate molasses over them just before serving. The rich, savory flavor of roasted veggies gets a real boost from the tart, sweet pomegranate. This easy ‘cheat’ will spruce up any boring plate of vegetables and it takes no time at all to drizzle a dash onto a dish of them.
If, on the other hand, you’ve got a sweet tooth then the ‘drizzle’ you’ll want is over creamy desserts. Pomegranate loves desserts like cheesecake, tart sorbets, and even cream-based cocktails. Ooh la la!
3. Stirred: Into drinks and iced teas
We can’t get enough of Molassity’s Pomegranate Molasses in our drinks. From cocktails to mocktails, iced teas, and summer coolers, pomegranate molasses is the single ingredient every mixologist needs to have to hand. What any good bartender worth their salt will know is that grenadine, the saloon staple and basis for so many classic cocktails, was originally a more diluted, sweet mixture of pomegranate molasses preserved with citrus juice to make the mixture last longer.
Unlike modern, store-bought varieties of grenadine which rely heavily on refined sugar and artificial sweeteners for their taste, pomegranate molasses brings a unique sweet-tart flavor profile to a drink. It amplifies the natural botanicals of our best-loved drinks without drowning out the flavors in all that added sugar. For a truly great cocktail, mix yourself up a batch of pomegranate grenadine using Molassity Pomegranate Molasses or, if you’re stuck for time and need a quick ‘cheat,’ add a dash of Molassity straight from the bottle. It doubles perfectly as a grenadine substitute and complements a classic cocktail as only the genuine article can.
4. Brushed: Onto meat as a glaze, or used as a marinade
Here’s the rub (forgive the pun), the singular flavor of pomegranate with its dual tartly acidic and equally sugary tones truly elevates the wonderfully savory flavors of chicken, lamb, pork, and beef. Glaze your grilled salmon to accentuate all the deep smokiness from the grill or dust halloumi cheese kebabs with a light brushing as they come off the grill. Pomegranate molasses elevates the natural flavors of our favorite meats, rounding them out and adding something really special to them without being gratuitously sweet. Try it in a marinade, or even easier, as a brush-on glaze the next time you BBQ.
5. Dipped: In a… Dip!
So you’ve got a block of your favorite cream cheese and no idea how to turn it into an award-winning dip? Try drizzling Molassity’s Pomegranate Molasses over the top and serving with salty crackers. Or, you can add it to your fave Baba Ganoush recipe to create a little something special for game day. The complex mixture of sweet, tart, and savory almost always makes for a surprisingly tangy original flavor. We can’t imagine a dip of our favorite store-bought hummus without a drizzle of Molassity to crown it.
Pomegranate molasses is a cook’s secret weapon which can be snuck into a variety of dishes, drinks, and desserts to create novelty, up the ante, or to add a little something special to familiar mealtime flavors. Find your own niche for the antioxidant superpowers of pomegranates and be sure to let us know if you’ve got a recipe that’s too good not to share. We’d love to add it to our collection.