Wouldn't you just love a bit of sweet heat on your caramelized, roasted vegetables? These roasted spicy orange Pomegranate Glazed Winter Vegetables get tossed with a mixture that includes luscious pomegranate molasses, orange juice, a bit of maple syrup, and a chipotle chile ... an elegant side for your holiday or any time you want something a bit unique and special!
AND. It's the last Tuesday of the month and time for Progressive Eats, a virtual progressive dinner with a few of my food blogger pals! Our November theme is "all things pomegranate," and just in time for holiday planning! Be sure to scroll all the way down and peruse the tasty offerings.
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - Recipe Inspiration
I had planned to call these lovely Roasted Spicy Orange Pomegranate Glazed Winter Vegetables "Mexican," but I wasn't confident that would fly... The flavors and ingredients are definitely taken from the Mexican flavor profile: Chipotle chile in adobo, citrus, pomegranate, cilantro, garlic.
I guess it depends on your chosen veg, but winter vegetables like butternut squash and brussels sprouts aren't typically found in a Mexican market. You are likely to find zucchini and chayote squash, along with an abundance of amazing produce.
This Mexican-inspired vegetable side dish is so EASY. HEALTHY. VEGAN. GLUTEN FREE. ALL THE THINGS. You'll love it! It's a side that I created to accompany the Festive Mexican Cornish Game Hens and Mexican Cilantro Rice in my Cozy Christmas Menu for Two in 2017. One of the challenges I've faced since our move to McAllen, TX is in cooking for 2.
My husband and I raised 4 sons, and we always had "extras" around (both people and dogs!). As I mentioned with my Cozy Thanksgiving Dinner for Two, I find it more difficult to create a menu that serves 2-4. We love leftovers... just not LEFTOVERS! 😀
At any rate, this girl uses flavor profiles to create new dishes. I love Mexican flavors, and they work really well as a glaze on roasted winter veggies! Interested in more info on Mexican produce? See The Fruits and Vegetables of Mexico and Rick Bayless: It's Time to Give Vegetables Their Due in Mexican Cuisine.
This menu may
or may not leave you with a small lunch the next day. We are pretty careful with portion sizes, so we do have a nice lunch the next day. If cooking for a small family is a challenge you face, I'd love to hear from you. Obviously, if this menu appeals to you, simply scale it up!
🥦 Making Pomegranate Glazed Winter Vegetables
Make it Your Own!
Remember: Flexibility is key to becoming more comfortable in the kitchen. Don't limit this recipe to brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Substitute your favorites, keeping in mind you may need to vary the cooking time. Sweet potatoes, delicata squash, pumpkin, green beans, beets, butternut squash, etc. would make great substitutes.
What is "Pomegranate Molasses?"
Is this an ingredient you're familiar with? It is a favorite at Andersen casa, and one I keep in my well-stocked pantry.
Pomegranate molasses is a key ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking. When I first began using it, it was difficult (if not impossible) to find in the US. Given my love of Middle Eastern cooking, I simply made my own with pomegranate juice! It requires about 50 minutes to cook down, but requires only 3 ingredients - pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and sugar. No time for that? You can order it on Amazon, or find it in many standard and ethnic markets.
📋 Ingredients You'll Need
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- pomegranate molasses - Pomegranate molasses is widely available in international foods sections of many markets. If you cannot find it, reduce pomegranate juice.
- chipotle in adobo - Chipotle peppers aren't terribly spicy, but if you're not familiar with them, you might want to start with a little adobo and tasting it. If you have littles or heat averse eaters, you can omit them.
- maple syrup or honey - I have used (and liked) both.
- orange - Blood oranges are widely available in the winter, and I use them when they're available. Cara cara oranges are available in the winter as well. Of course regular oranges and tangerines are fine as well!
- olive oil
- butternut squash - Cubed butternut squash is a great time-saving option, and most markets now sell them. If you want to substitute for the butternut squash, sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots are great.
- brussels sprouts - Try fresh green beans if you don't care for brussels sprouts.
- pomegranate arils - Optional and for garnish.
Simplicity and elegance define this dish IMHO. The glaze ingredients get puréed until smooth, then the prepared vegetables get tossed thoroughly with it. They go into a preheated oven, and depending on size, the dish should be caramelized, tender, and gorgeous in about 30 minutes. Garnish with the pomegranate arils and chopped cilantro just prior to serving.
What can I substitute for pomegranate molasses?
There really isn't a good substitute for pomegranate molasses. However, you can get close by reducing pomegranate juice.
Are these vegetables good leftover?
We think so! Keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and gently reheat.
What other vegetables can I use?
If changing up the vegetables, keep in mind cooking times. Beets may require longer, and you may want to leave smaller brussels whole. Sweet potatoes should be about the same. If you use a summer squash, cut them in thick slices, and try to use smaller brussels and cut them in half. Key to good roasted vegetables is in cutting them into appropriately sized pieces.
Keep in mind the size of the pieces of vegetables. I recommend cutting the brussels in half lengthwise and the butternut squash in ¾" dice.
🍷 Pairing Suggestions
As I mentioned previously, this side dish recipe was created specifically to pair with Festive Mexican Cornish Game Hens and Mexican Cilantro Rice in my Cozy Christmas Menu for Two in 2017. The 3 dishes beautifully complement each other.
If you're looking for a wine to pair with these sweet, tart, and spicy flavors, avoid oak-heavy wines and high alcohol wines. Our preference is a fruit-forward off-dry white - gewurtztraminer or riesling in an off-dry style. If you prefer a red wine, avoid heavy tannins and high alcohol wines like cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Opt instead for pinot noir or zinfandel. I hope this helps!
The holidays are a great time to "pull out all the stops," and try some new and interesting recipes. I think you'll find these pomegranate glazed winter vegetables will be a welcome addition to an elegant dinner party, but equally at home for a family meal.
Mexican Pomegranate Glazed Winter Vegetables
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses - (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 1 small orange - zest and juice
- 1 small chipotle - with its adobo
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 pound brussels sprouts - sliced lengthwise (see notes)
- 2 cups butternut squash - peeled and cubed (see notes)
- several grinds pepper
- pomegranate arils - to garnish
- chopped cilantro - to garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (350 convection).
- Add first 6 ingredients to a personal blender or small food processor. Process until very smooth.
- Add the prepped root vegetables to a mixing bowl. Pour the glaze over, and toss well to combine. Season with several grinds of pepper.
- Spread in a single layer in a casserole or baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. I prefer my thick unglazed stone ware pan.
- Cook in preheated oven until tender and caramelized on the edges, stirring every 10 minutes or so. I do a ¾" dice, and they take 25-30 minutes in my oven.
- To serve: Garnish with pomegranate arils and chopped cilantro.
NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month's theme is Everything Pomegranate -- from pomegranate juice to molasses to fresh arils straight from the fruit. Our host this month is Beth Lee who blogs at OMG! Yummy. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it's a virtual party. We choose a theme each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the deliciousness we've put together for our celebration inspired dishes!
A Pomegranate Party
- The Sugarplum Cocktail - Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail - That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Crostini with Goat Cheese, Pomegranate, and Rosemary - Creative Culinary
- Mango Chickpea Kale Farro Salad - Shockingly Delicious
- Walnut Crusted Chicken with Pomegranate Sauce - From a Chef's Kitchen
- Pomegranate Glazed Hasselback Butternut Squash + Quinoa and Apples - The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Instant Pot Brisket with Pomegranate Molasses - OMG! Yummy
- Roasted Spicy Orange-Pomegranate Glazed Winter Vegetables - Beyond Mere Sustenance
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.~~ Roy L. Smith, clergyman
Christmas at Andersen casa always focuses around the table. Precious time with our loved ones. We will be in Charlotte, North Carolina with our oldest son, his wife, our 2 little grandsons, our third son, and my sister. While gifts will be exchanged, and the littles will provide a lot of joy, what we look forward to most is celebrating our Savior's birth, and preparing and enjoying a meal. Together.