Monday, November 21, 2011

Pomegranate sauce

Ok, so I tried some Greek yogurt with pomegranate sauce and I could not stop thinking about it (you know the brand, they are not cheap). So given that pomegranates are in season right now I decided to buy some and make pomegranate sauce... Without having to pay a lot of money, of course. I buy my grocery store generic greek yogurt (stay away from the non-fat, they are not as good as the regular stuff) and drizzle the pomegranate sauce on top, YUM!

Here is how to make the sauce:

Ingredients:

4 large pomegranates (about 3 pounds)
3 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Cut the pomegranates in half. Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl. Using a spoon or your fingers, scrape 3/4 of the the seeds into the sieve.

With a wooden spoon or a flat meat pounder, press on the seeds to extract 1 cup of juice. Discard the seeds and set the juice aside. Add the other 1/4 of the seeds (I wanted my sauce to be a little chunky)

In a medium saucepan, mix the cornstarch with the sugar. Slowly stir in the pomegranate mixture and mix well. Cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce begins to thicken and darkens to a deep wine color, and the sauce coats the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat and let cool. The sauce may be made ahead and stored in a jar in the refrigerator. When ready to use, thin with a little warm water if necessary.

Pomegranates are a little sweet, a little tart, and a whole lot of healthy. Pomegranates have been dubbed the new “super fruit,” surpassing blueberries as the antioxidant of choice for heart health.

Now, don't stop here. You could use Pomegranates on a variety of things:

Sprinkle the seeds on your next green salad or use them in a Waldorf salad in place of raisins (Yes!)
Use the juice to make a quick sauce for pork chops or pork tenderloin (would'nt that be good)
Add the seeds to baked goods such as muffins
Add pomegranate juice when making yogurt smoothies
Use the seeds as a garnish for creamy squash soups
Add the seeds when making apple pie or fruit crumbles
Use the juice to make sorbets
Sprinkle the seeds on hot cereal such as oatmeal
Drizzle sauce on cheesecake, panna cotta and even pancakes...

Oh the possibilities!

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