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Pom Poms!!

Every couple of years a new miracle fruit comes onto the scene. I would say Acai is the current darling, but it was not too long ago that pomegranates had the halo on.

I consider myself as having a rather broad experience with food. While not venturing into the truly unusual (from a midwestern US point of view), I feel that I have a good catalog of food that I have tried. One of the most common foods I really have not had much experience with is pomegranates. I’ve had dark chocolate pomegranate bits, which are made with pomegranate juice, but I have not really played with the fruit. No self-respecting food blogger can go very long with this hole in his resume, so I sought out an interesting way to use it. I found that in a Mustard pomegranate Pork Tenderloin.

I can tell you that pomegranates are not easily found in Cleveland in March. I looked in my grocery store and several farm markets, but to no avail. Luckily, I just needed some juice and seeds and not a whole fruit. The juice is no problem. POM has made it ubiquitous. Every juice aisle and produce section in America carries it. To get the seeds I needed to search a little more. I eventually found a package of the seeds in the produce section of a higher end grocery.

The dish was very straight-forward. Keep an eye on the sauce, as it reduced more quickly than I was expecting. Because of that, I didn’t have much to baste with, so I saved it all for the end. The dish was good, but probably won’t make the rotation very often. I served it with a few chunks of fresh tomato, and a variation on an old low carb standby. Cauliflower mashed potatoes are fairly common in the low carb circles, and I love the added blue cheese flavor.

Mustard Pomegranate Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 15 Min | Cook Time: 40 Min | Servings: 4 servings | Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) pork tenderloin
  • 4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Directions:

In a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, mustard, honey, garlic, orange zest, and cayenne pepper. Tighten lid, and shake until everything is mixed well. Pour over pork tenderloin in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal bag, and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a large roasting pan with cooking spray. Remove tenderloin from marinade, reserving the marinade. Place meat in roasting pan, and arrange pan on center rack in oven.

Pour marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and reduce volume by half. Remove from heat. Place 1/2 of liquid in a cup for basting, and reserve to use as a sauce.

Roast tenderloin in oven for 30 to 40 minutes, basting lightly with reduced marinade until internal temperature is 155 degrees F (68 degrees C) when measured in the thickest part of the tenderloin. Remove tenderloin from oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Serve each portion with reserved sauce drizzled over top, and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds.

Nutritional Info:

Amount Per Serving Calories: 208 | Total Fat: 4.1g | Cholesterol: 74mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database

Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mustard-Pomegranate-Pork-Tenderloin/Detail.aspx?ms=1&prop25=77270300&prop26=DailyDish&prop27=2012-02-15&prop28=DailyRecipe&prop29=FullRecipe&me=1

Mashed Blue Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/8 cup half and half (can use cream or milk if desired)

Directions:

Dice the cauliflower. Place diced cauliflower into a steamer and steam for 5 minutes or until very soft. Place cauliflower into food processor and blend until smooth, adding half and half and blue cheese. Process until the consistency of mashed potatoes. Serve with a few crumbles of blue cheese on top.

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Categories: Cheese, Fruit, Low Carb, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable

Author:The Ranting Chef

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31 Comments on “Pom Poms!!”

  1. March 20, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    thanks for checking out my blog! I love pomegranates! I’m kind of impatient though and it takes me forever to get the seeds out, so I don’t eat them all the time. Do you have any tips for speeding up the process, or is it best just to buy the seeds from a higher end grocery store?

    • March 20, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      I have to admit that I have not removed the seeds myself (was hoping to for this recipe), so I am wondering if other readers may be able to supply tips!

  2. It's a Hard Knock Life
    March 20, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Your mashed blue cauliflower recipe brought a smile to my face as it reminded me of my father, not for the cheese reference, but for the color. As one of ten kids, he would sometimes have to help his mother in the kitchen and one day, in order to make the food less appetizing for his many siblings so he would get more to eat, he once dyed everything blue with food coloring – the mashed potatoes, the corn, the gravy, even the vanilla pudding for dessert. His mother didn’t let it happen again. :)

    • March 20, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      That is fantastic and a great strategy to help win the battle!

  3. March 20, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    This sounds super yummy, I am thinking about trying it with turkey instead of pork. Haven’t decided on the cauliflower yet, it sounds amazing but the blue cheese may add too much sodium for me. Maybe a variation, I love doing cauliflower mash.

  4. March 20, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Looks good! I have only recently discovered pork tenderloin so am on the look out for new recipes. I will definitely have to try this one, thanks!

  5. March 20, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Love pomegranate. Interesting way to use this great fruit.

  6. Spoon Feast
    March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Wonderful! Pomegranate!
    When you finally do get to remove pomegranate seeds, the best way to do it is to score the skin in quarters. Then break the fruit in half or cut it but you loose some pips by cutting them open.
    The seeds will pop and squirt magenta pink juice everywhere if you try to pick them out. So fill a bowl of water and remove the seeds underwater. No magenta spray, the pips get rinsed and the membrane skin will float. Easy to scoop of the top, drain the pips and dry on a paper towel so they don’t get moldy on you.
    When we were kids, my mom would cut one in half and give it to my sister and I to eat. Often it took hours to eat and then we were stained magenta from head to toe. Outside activity, of course.
    Pick one or two up next time you see any and play. Delicious and fun!

  7. March 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Pomegranates are in season here in South Africa. My tree at home is heavily laden with ripening fruit. A spoonful of seeds at the botton of a shot-glass filled with Tequila goes down really well.

  8. March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    A fellow low-carber! Thanks for sharing your stories and recipes. Love the idea of blue-cauliflower! My favorite “faux mashed potato” is garlic parmesan cauliflower…yum!

  9. March 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    You can add blue cheese to almost any recipe and I’ll declare it delicious even cauliflower. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. March 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    LOL, I was wondering where you found a pomegranate in March! One year we found a very sad looking pom in April–we think it must have been hidden beneath other produce for a long time but we snapped it up–my husband is a huge pom fan. I think it’s sweet you are cooking low-carb for your wife. Yay for supportive husbands! And that cook, to boot. Lucky lady you have. :)

  11. March 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I am in love with the mashed cauliflower idea! I think I am going to try and make it with a different cheese, but still, thanks for the idea.

  12. March 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I do love my pork dishes, I’ll give this one a try!

  13. whowillibetoday
    March 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Hi, thanks for liking my most recent blog post, it’s nice to meet you :-) This recipe sounds great. I don’t think my husband would eat the seeds anyway, so I shouldn’t have to look far for ingredients!

  14. March 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    I have a pomegranate tree in the garden but it doesn’t look very healthy. Would love to get fruit from it. I have seen only one fruit so far. Need all the help I can get with it.
    Never thought of mashing cauliflower. Will give it a go.

  15. March 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Mashed blue cauliflower is pure genius, what a beautiful meal.

  16. March 21, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    I am so glad you visited my blog or I might never have found yours. What a find. It’s interesting, enthusiastic and the food looks so delicious.

  17. March 21, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    We’ve got a little Pomegranate’s tree on our terrace in Prato, Italy. It’s really nice…but sometimes they come out a bit sour!
    Thank you for your “like” notification on my blog!

  18. March 21, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Hi! Thanks for “liking” my most recent blog. I hope you’ll come back again to check out more of my travels and musings. I’m excited to discover your blog – I love all things food related and my love of cooking has been developing over the last three or so years. I’m always looking for new ideas. So thanks!

  19. Alli
    March 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    It’s so funny, it’s traditional to eat pomegranates for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) so I grew up on them and it wasn’t until I got a little older that I realized how many non-Jewish people had never heard of them much less tried them then like 5 years ago they became the hottest food around. Now who knows, maybe matzah balls will be the next superfood…

  20. March 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on pindanpost and commented:
    yum…

  21. March 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

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  22. March 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    This looks great! I’ve always been a bit intimidated by pomegranates, but I might have to try this.

  23. April 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    “Hey, thanks for the blog article.Really thank you! Will read on…”

  24. September 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Your recipes look AMAZING. I never would have thought of that combination. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my country cured ham and Brussels sprouts recipe. I look forward to trying some of your recipes!!

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