Friday, April 17, 2009

Fiery Pomegranate Sauce

Case of POM Wonderful - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Case of POM Wonderful

I'll admit it. I'm a person who highly values the extra minutes of precious sleep acquired between the first smack of the "snooze" button on the alarm clock in the morning and the third. So, I was less than thrilled when I was ripped from sleep a couple of weeks ago by the incessant wailing of the buzzer to my apartment. And, sure, I cursed as I made my way over to the intercom and found out that the USPS had a delivery for me. When I found out what was inside the package, my annoyance morphed into elation, as I had just received an entire box of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice!

POM Wonderful - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
POM Wonderful

Then my elation turned into a queer sort of panic. I knew a sample of the juice would be arriving, but I didn't expect to receive eight bottles of it. What the heck was I going to do with that much pomegranate juice... besides drink it straight out the bottle? I took a bottle out of the box and sipped on the juice and thought about what I could make. (Never mind the fact that I still had to shower and get myself to work!) I mentally went over the contents of my cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer, and decided that I could grill up some steak and use the juice as the base for a delicious sauce. Done.

Fiery Pomegranate Sauce - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Fiery Pomegranate Sauce

Let me just tell you this: I tasted as I went from start to finish. Seeing as I had never cooked with pomegranate juice before, I had to make sure all of the ingredients worked with each other. After all, if the sauce didn't taste good at the beginning, it certainly wasn't going to taste good at the end since the flavors would be more concentrated after the liquid was allowed to reduce.

Fiery Pomegranate Sauce - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Fiery Pomegranate Sauce

At first I told myself I was tasting to ensure a high quality product. Then I admitted to myself that I was being impatient. The sauce tasted so damn good while it was reducing, and I couldn't wait until I had grilled the steak to try it. My impatience resulted in a burned tongue, but I considered the burn a small sacrifice. So good.

Grilled Steak with Fiery Pomegranate Sauce - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Grilled Steak with Fiery Pomegranate Sauce

Now, I used the sauce as an accompaniment to a simply seasoned (salt and pepper only) grilled steak, and the combination of flavors was fantastic. The leftover sauce went into the refrigerator and I used it later in the week as an accompaniment to grilled chicken for my boyfriend's dinner. Stephen and I are convinced that this sauce would go great with pretty much anything -- we dipped some seared scallops into it and were really glad we did.

Try this Fiery Pomegranate Sauce with the following dishes, and you'll be really glad you did!

- Honey Soy Flank Steak à la Jaden
- Orange Panko Chicken Strips
- Panko-Crusted Honey Ginger Shrimp

Fiery Pomegranate Sauce
Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Whisk to ensure the incorporation of the honey.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  3. Reduce the heat and simmer the liquid until it reduces in volume by half.

  4. Continue reducing until the sauce reaches your preferred consistency. Serve warm.

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60 comments:

JMom said...

What a great idea! I'll definitely have to try out that sauce when I get some more pomegranate juice. My teenagers and their friends had no problems demolishing 8 bottles of POM :D

Debbie said...

Sounds amazing. I'm going to try it right away. Thank you.

Alexis Korman said...

Pomegranate is one of those ingredients that chefs feel comfy with...but this recipe looks easy enough. It wowed me!

Joe Lange said...

This looks amazing!

Michelle said...

JMom - Thanks! I added some heat with the crushed red pepper flakes to balance the sweetness and tartness of the juice. Thankfully, all of those flavors went well together!

Michelle said...

Debbie - I hope you enjoy it!

Michelle said...

Alexis - Thanks for visiting Taste As You Go! The recipe for the sauce is super easy. I'd recommend making a double batch... it's that good!

Michelle said...

Joe Lange - Thanks, Joe!

change0fseasons said...

What i want to know is how you got a free sample of Pom?!

Michelle said...

change0fseasons - Thanks for stopping by Taste As You Go! Someone from POM Wonderful contacted me directly - via this blog - about sending me a sample. I would have been crazy to turn down that offer!

Brenda Campbell said...

Oh my! That looks wonderful! Those steaks look cooked to perfection now I need to get some POM juice and try this. My husband loves the POM juice and he would love this! Great looking steaks! I am hungry now, thanks a lot Michelle LOL ;)

Michelle said...

Brenda Campbell - Everything about this meal just worked. I hope you and your husband enjoy the sauce!

PS. Sorry I made you hungry. ;-)

Sue said...

Yummy sauce. And I agree that it would be good with chicken too. Or grilled vegetables. Or over rice pilaf...the possibilities are endless.

Michelle said...

Sue - Most definitely! A sauce like this has tremendous potential! After reading your post, I'm wondering whether it would be a good sauce for a stir-fry!

duodishes.com said...

Sounds great for pork or steak!

Michelle said...

duodishes - Oh, pork! I'm don't normally eat/cook pork, so I didn't even think of that. I'm sure it would be fabulous on pork!

George Erdosh said...

I do use pomegranate when in season here in CA but never thought of using bottled juice. What an interesting concept! The pomegranate juice I bought in the market was far too tart though had a good flavor. I am going to try your recipe.

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Michelle said...

George Erdosh - Thanks for the comment, George! Please let me know what you think of the sauce once you've tried the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my boyfriend and I did!

Thanks for the book recommendation, too. I'll have to check it out!

Anonymous said...

Hate to burst your bubble, but it's likely that boiling the sauce causes the antioxidants in the juice to degrade and lose their protective power. So if you want the health benefits, it's probably to your advantage to not let it boil.

That said, it's a fantastic and delicious-looking idea!

LogicallyLocked said...

This was SO GOOD!! We made it for dinner over steak, and it was really tasty. All my store had was Cherry Pomegranate, but it wasn't too sweet, it was really nice. Thanks for posting this excellent sauce!

Michelle said...

Anonymous - No, you're not bursting my bubble. You're probably right in saying that boiling the juice would reduce the power of the antioxidants. Straight out of the bottle is the most likely the surest way to maximize the health benefits of the juice.

Thanks for the comment!

Michelle said...

LogicallyLocked - I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the sauce! The use of Cherry Pomegranate juice is an interesting little twist. I'm sure the cherry just contributed to the depth of the flavor... I'm going to have to try making the sauce with it some time!

And, thanks for commenting! It's great to hear people's reactions to the recipes I'm posting and the things I'm writing.

Anonymous said...

Any suggestion for a vegetarian dish that this pomegranate sauce could accompany? I'm DYING to try it!!

Michelle said...

Anonymous - I actually have two suggestions. You can grill some vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, red onions, etc.) and drizzle some of the Fiery Pomegranate Sauce on top. Serve the vegetables with a helping of brown rice.

Or, you could stir-fry your favorite vegetables and tofu. Before removing the vegetables and tofu from the wok or skillet, drizzle in some sauce and toss gently to coat. Serve over brown rice.

Anonymous said...

My husband loved it but I (the A1 Steak Sauce Queen) thought this was a little too strong in the vinegar department. I made it again tonight and only used 1/8 cup of vinegar and reduced it to 1 tbsp honey. I'm more of a salt person than sweet.

Michelle said...

Anonymous - I'm happy to hear your husband loved the sauce. And I'm even happier to hear that you tried the recipe again, altering it more to your personal tastes and your own palate. "Taste As You Go" -- words I live by!

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PantryConnection - Connect. Dish. Devour. said...

I found your posting from The Dancing Spoon ... this sound absolutely delicious. I love to grill and love to try different sauces ... I am definitely going to try this one and share it with the members of my community, Pantry Connection. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Steve White - Thanks for your comments! I hope you and your party guests enjoy the Fiery Pomegranate Sauce. I've never heard of Wacanai.com. I'll be sure to check out the site soon.

Michelle said...

PantryConnection - Welcome from The Dancing Spoon! Thanks for visiting and for commenting. I hope you and the members of your community enjoy the Fiery Pomegranate Sauce! Please come back and let me know what you think of it!

Carrie Oliver said...

This sauce sounds delicious and for all the things you suggest, esp. grilled veggies (and maybe even fruit). Any excuse to eat a steak is fine with me, to ;)

Like the way you cook, by experiment. Fun that way.

Michelle said...

Carrie Oliver - Thanks for commenting, Carrie! I know that this sauce is going to be a go-to recipe from here on out. I was wondering whether it would work with fruit. Guess there's only way to find out...

Hope you keep reading Taste As You Go!

Anonymous said...

one word - gin. okay, two words: gin and vodka.

Gabi said...

Popm! Please contact me and send me a free sample of that lovely juice!!!

hehe -

great post and sauce!!!!

gabi @ mamaliga.

Michelle said...

Gabi - Thanks! I hope the people at POM Wonderful hear you and send you a surprise box of juice! ;-)

Michelle said...

Anonymous - I hope "gin and vodka" is a compliment! :-)

Shannon (The Daily Balance) said...

woah! Fabtastic idea!!! I would have never though of it, but I will certainly try it! yumyumyum!

Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Shannon - Thanks! Let me know what you think of it once you've tried it!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

What a great idea to use pomegranates in a sauce! I bet it was wonderful! I am definitely copying this recipe out!

Michelle said...

Melissa - Thanks! I hope you enjoy the sauce. :-)

Salt N Turmeric said...

I like it when the recipe consist of minimum ingredients. That looks great. I dont blame you for burning your tongue. :)

Michelle said...

Salt N Turmeric - Thanks, Farina! I love it when you combine a handful of simple ingredients and are left with an amazing final product. Totally worth the burn! :)

Danielle said...

I just bought POM juice to make this! I can't wait!!

Michelle said...

Danielle - I hope you enjoy the sauce!

Danielle said...

I made it and oh. My. Dog. I want to turn it to a person and make love to it! Ha, ha! My boyfriend and I love it. We passed it along to some friends who were knocked out by it as well. Thumbs way up!

Michelle said...

Danielle - LOL! If I ever decide to market the sauce for retail, I'm going to have to use your words: "I want to turn it to a person an make love to it!" I'm so pleased that you, your boyfriend, and your friends enjoyed it. Keep passing the recipe along! :)

David said...

Very delicious! Great sauce, put it over a filet mingnon with roasted broccoli, and a glass of pinot nior.

Michelle said...

David - Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed the sauce! I'm so pleased! Sounds like you had a delicious meal all around. :)

Krel69 said...

Michelle! I did it! The Firey Pomegranate Sauce was a huge success this evening. Husband loved it and wants me to make more. I'm going to have to stock up on Pom again and make a huge batch. I think we'll be putting it on everything!

Thanks so much! And again, you totally need a Food Network show. I'm crossing my fingers.

Kristie

Michelle said...

Kristie - Hooray! I'm so glad you were successful the second time around. Isn't that sauce addictive? Your husband reacted to it exactly the same way my boyfriend did! :)

Hmm... I should really contact the Food Network about getting a show. Without going through the whole reality TV process!

WyldcatGirl said...

Tried this tonight with the following modifications: I always use Bragg's Aminos instead of Soy Sauce, just prefer it personally and it makes very little difference in recipes. The other substitution was purely accident...I thought I had a new bottle of balsamic vinegar and was out of red wine vinegar, but I had that backwards...so I used it instead.

VERY GOOD!! Thank you for sharing!

Michelle said...

WyldcatGirl - Glad to hear you enjoyed the sauce, even with the accidental use of red wine vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar! Sounds like it turned out just fine. :)

Thanks for commenting!

Tony said...

Well done, I am a big fan of pomegranates (especially fresh) and this seems like a great use of their flavoring. I will have to give this a try.

Michelle said...

Tony - Thank you! After you've tried the sauce, I hope you come back and let us know what you thought of it. Enjoy!

gradlad said...

Hey, so i am pretty new to cooking and i was just wondering, about how long did this take to reduce?

Michelle said...

Gradlad - The sauce took about 20 minutes to reduce. But the actual time it takes will depend on how high you have your heat, etc.

Chef Tom said...

Great idea! I never thought to use pomegranate with some SPICE!

Michelle from Taste As You Go said...

Chef Tom - Thanks! I'm all about adding a little bit of spice here and there. Keeps life interesting! :)

Liz said...

My family loves Pomegranate and especially spicy things so this recipe was perfect! It has been a huge hit every time I make it for our steaks. Thanks so much for sharing!

Michelle said...

Liz - I'm so pleased to hear that your family enjoys the Fiery Pomegranate Sauce! It's definitely one of my favorite recipes on my blog and one of the most popular recipes with my readers.

Thanks for reading and thanks for taking the time to comment!