The last few weeks I have enjoyed the fresh harvest of pomegranates. I was picked by POM Wonderful as 1 of 100 to host a POM Party in celebration of the pomegranate harvest season.
Fresh pomegranates are available only from September to January, but the delicious, nutrient-rich juice is obtainable year-round.
I have been eating, drinking and enjoying pomegranates, and I am definitely taking advantage of the fruit while the season lasts.
To help set the mood of the party, I decorated the house with pomegranates all over.
I had a huge centerpiece adorn with pomegranates. On the side tables were gift bags for my party guests.
Seeing pomegranates everywhere really inspired me to get creative in the kitchen.
One of the items I created ahead of time was a POM Crimson Jelly and molasses. These keep well in the refrigerator after canning and is useful for recipes.
Ready. Set. POM!
On the night of the dinner party, guests were greeted to a cozy dinner table settings with autumn color decorations and of course, pomegranate drinks.
POM martinis and mocktails were the drink of choice for the night.
For a simple and tasty appetizer, I served toasted french baquette topped with brie cheese, POM jelly and extra garnish of fresh POM arils.
The crunch from the toasted bread, creaminess from the brie cheese and a mix of tart & sweet flavors from the jelly and the burst of flavors from the fresh arils made this appetizer a guest favorite.
The first big batch I made was devoured and I had to go back in the kitchen and made more mid-party 🙂
Salads were served next.
Fresh spinach, thinly sliced red onions, crumbled feta cheese, toasted walnuts and fresh pomegranate arils. Served with pomegranate vinaigrette dressing.
I had double servings for myself, I really loved all the flavor combination.
Our main entrees were marinated and brushed with POM molasses while it was roasting. Roasted chicken and ribs.
Side dishes included roasted brussels sprouts, mix with POM molasses and served with vanilla butter toasted pecans and fresh arils.
The lime zest and mixture of POM molasses gives this brussels sprouts dish a unique taste.
After dinner, desserts were served. Yes for desserts. This is where I thrive in the kitchen. I love baking and all things decadent, mildly sweet and delicious.
I included in the party gift bags a mini version of this loaf.
Another dessert offering was Pomegranate, Chocolate and Nut oaties.
Crunch in every bite from rolled oats, almonds, coconuts & pepitas, sweetness from dark chocolate bites and mild tartness from baked pomegranates rolled into one.
I made a few dozens for the party and extra for the gift bags.
An impromptu request for more desserts had me baking the next delicious treat. What can I say, we love our desserts.
Pomegranate and Apple Crisp
Ready in 30 minutes.
A scoop of coconut ice cream, and we were in pomegranate dessert heaven.
After we enjoyed our desserts, I showed everyone how easy it is to open a pomegranate.
1.) Slice off the crown
2.) Score the pomegranate lenthwise into 1 1/2 inch wide wedges
3.) Put the pomegranate in a bowl filled with water. Separate the seeds from the inner white membrane under water.
4.) The membrane will float to the top while the seeds sink to the bottom.
5.) With a spoon, skim off the floating membrane. Sort through the seeds beneath the water, discarding any stray pieces of membrane (they are bitter). Drain the pomegranate seeds in a strainer.
Thank you POM Wonderful for providing me and my guests the opportunity to have this party. I was able to show my friends and family how pomegranate can brighten up flavors and boost their health.