Spice Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses

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Author Notes: I recently bought pomegranate molasses after seeing a Bobby Flay brussels sprout recipe that called for it. Unfortunately, I now have a bottle sitting in my pantry and have been trying to think of ways to use it ever since! I've drizzled a few drops into olive oil for a snappy vinaigrette. I've also experimented using it with other veggies and learned the very important lesson that this sticky syrup will burn easily if used to roast things for longer than 5-10 minutes. I sometimes roast carrots with balsamic vinegar and thought I'd give pomegranate molasses a try. The cayenne pepper and spices give it some warmth and kick, and the pomegranate mellows that out with a little tart sweetness. If you don't have pomegranate molasses or can't find it, you can certainly sub balsamic vinegar - just double the amount.Plum Pie

Serves 4 (as a side dish)

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
  • sliced mint for garnish (or basil or both)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut carrots in half lengthwise. Cut halves in half to create quarters if carrots are thicker.
  3. Toss carrots with olive oil, cumin, cayenne, coriander, and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 15 minutes, flip carrots, and roast for another 5 minutes.
  5. Toss carrots with pomegranate molasses (or 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar) and roast for another 5 minutes until golden.
  6. Toss with mint and/or basil and serve.
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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Sounds great...pomegranate molasses is one of my favorite condiments!

Sausage2

over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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This sounds delicious and looks beautiful! I've been pondering buying some pomegranate molasses - love the flavor. This just might be enough to prompt me to do so...

Brookedowdy

over 3 years ago Plum Pie

Thanks fiveandspice! I was the same way and finally bit the bullet and bought some :) The flavor is so delicious!

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

This does sound great!

Brookedowdy

over 3 years ago Plum Pie

Thanks Sagegreen! Let me know if you try it :)

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

This sounds great! I've also got a bottle that I bought when I bought orange blossom water for antoher recipe, so I'm glad to have a way to use it. And thanks, kmartinelli, for the tips on making it!

Brookedowdy

over 3 years ago Plum Pie

I know - it definitely packs a big punch for a very small amount. I have tons of it left which I guess it is good since I sort of had a hard time finding it the first time! Here is the brussels sprouts recipe that is the reason I bought it in case you are looking for more veggie recipes :)

http://www.foodnetwork...

Me

over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love pomegranate molasses too!! And I particularly love it paired with something with a little heat - so the combo with the cayenne and cumin totally work for me!

Brookedowdy

over 3 years ago Plum Pie

Yes - it definitely needs something spicy I think. But I also love spicy food :)

Katherine_photo

over 3 years ago kmartinelli

Ooohhh I love pomegranate molasses! I make my own and am always looking for more creative uses for it - it's also great drizzled over cumin-roasted eggplant. I will definitely be making this recipe. Thanks!

Brookedowdy

over 3 years ago Plum Pie

Wow you make your own? I would love that recipe! And I will definitely have to try cumin roasted eggplant too. Sounds delicious!

Katherine_photo

over 3 years ago kmartinelli

We have such an amazing pomegranate season where I am I needed to find things to do with all of them! It's easy, basically you make a simple syrup with pomegranate juice. Take equal amounts pomegranate juice and sugar and simmer. You can add some lemon juice if you like. If you remove from the heat just when the sugar dissolves it's pomegranate syrup, and essentially grenadine. If you leave it on and let it thicken it becomes pomegranate molasses! Again, can't wait to try your recipe :-)

Brookedowdy

over 3 years ago Plum Pie

I can't wait to try making it on my own! Thank you so much :) And let me know how you like the recipe too when you get a chance to try it! :)