In the last year or so I have become addicted to pomegranate. Ever since I watched a video on how to seed these, they have become a stable in our house*. I love the sweet taste of the seeds and eat them by the handful whenever we buy one – and I am a sucker for any recipe that features the bright red seed.
My latest foray came when I was looking somewhat randomly for a soup to make for dinner. I was browsing through the beautifully presented soups/stews on Simply Recipes and stopped in my tracks when I saw her recipe for a Persian Chicken Stew with Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce – topped with pomegranate seeds! That did it for me; the dinner decision was made.
This is a lengthy stew to make – especially if you need to make the pomegranate molasses that is one of the key ingredients. My store certainly didn’t carry this, so followed her simple instructions to combine pomegranate juice, lemon and sugar, then letting them simmer for an hour or so until the juice was reduced significantly. If you decide to make this I might recommend cutting the amounts in half, which should give you the right amount for the recipe. As it is I have a fair amount left over that I might still use, but knowing my organizational system, I will find it shoved to the back of the refrigerator in 6 months and wonder what the heck it is.
With the molasses in hand still figure about 2 ½ hours to put this together – making it a great meal for a snowy winter day when you are going to be inside anyway. As this cooks it gives off a beautiful aroma, and the taste was to die for. I substituted pecans for the walnuts at our house which worked well, although could probably have cut that back a tiny bit as well. Kathy, Anthony and I – along with my in-laws – easily polished off the entire pot, once again leaving me with no leftovers for lunch the next day. I either need to start making more or making dishes that aren’t so damn delicious!
* There are lots of ‘How to seed a pomegranate’ videos out there, but think the one I first watched was from Food Wishes