Sunday, December 28

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Glaze

sweet potatoes and pomegranates

With cookies flying everywhere lately, I almost forgot to post this recipe for Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Glaze. That would have been a shame because this dish, which I created a couple of months ago, has skyrocketed to the top of my go-to recipe list.

Creamy, sweet, red-fleshed Garnet sweet potatoes are roasted until caramelized then drizzled with a tangy honey and pomegranate glaze. Then they're dotted with ruby red pomegranate arils, toasted walnuts, and savory thyme for a highly textured, flavorful, and aromatic side dish.


Pomegranates are easy to find now due to their popularity at Christmas time. But don't delay, since their season usually runs from late October through January.

I'm telling you, this is one side dish that can steal the show from an entree any night of the week.

So, tell me, how do you use pomegranates in savory dishes?


Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Glaze

Makes 4 servings
Print recipe only here.

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 4 1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
2 sprigs thyme, plus 1 extra for garnish
salt and black pepper

Pomegranate Glaze:
mix 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice with 1 tablespoon honey OR
mix 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice with 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

If you prefer, you could substitute 2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses* for the glaze.

1/4 cup lightly toasted chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons pomegranate arils

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking dish or sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.

In a large bowl toss diced potatoes with olive oil, honey, thyme, and salt and pepper, until well coated.

Roast potatoes for 45-50 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium high heat, add pomegranate juice with honey or brown sugar; bring to a boil, then reduce until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. If you are using pomegranate molasses, then simply make sure it is at room temperature or warm before drizzling it over the potatoes.

Place potatoes in a serving dish, drizzle with pomegranate glaze and lightly toss until well coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and pomegranate arils.

*Pomegranate molasses (also called pomegranate syrup or paste) is a thick sweet and sour syrup used in many Middle Eastern recipes. It can be found in Middle Eastern specialty markets. Or you can make your own. Elise of Simply Recipes tells you how here.

You might also like these pomegranate recipes:

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salsa

Winter Jewel Fruit Salad

Low-Fat Lemony Medjool Date and Pomegranate Scones

Looking for more pomegranate recipes? Then check out my latest Foodie View article, Impossibly Appealing Pomegranates, which includes over a dozen pomegranate recipes for everything from breakfast to appetizers to desserts.

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Susan said...

Now this looks very yummy-
My pomegranates never make it to a recipe...I always eat them first!:(

Stacey Snacks said...

I have only had POMEGRANTE martinis!
I am not kidding!
Happy New Year!
Stacey Snacks

Kalyn Denny said...

Looks fantastic! I've never used pomegranate molasses, but it sounds great.

RecipeGirl said...

Looks simply delicious, and as usual... simply scrummy pictures too :) I just recently acquired some pom molasses. Hope your holidays were happy, and Happy New Year to you too!

Dewi said...

Many different way Susan.
Chicken fahsenjan is one of my favorite, sprinkle in salad just like that is another one, then of course put them in my baking bread or cake, juice them and make glaze for duck roast, ahhh the choices are endless. I can go on and on ...

Your sweet potatoes is worth trying...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delicious dish! What pretty colors!

Best wishes for the New Year!



Johanna GGG said...

Unfortunately the only pomegranates I have found around now are imported (from USA) which is a shame because they do seem so festive but I did indulge in one before Christmas for a pumpkin pomegranate and orange salad with spiced walnuts! I love the look of your sweet potato dish and will bookmark it!

Culinary Wannabe said...

I like how different the use of the pomegranates is. I feel like we always see the sweet potatoes and cinnamon combo. And it looks much lighter, like you could serve it at lunch.

Darius T. Williams said...

I've yet to use them in a savory dish...oh, but I did use a balsamic vinegar that was infused w/pomegranate...does that count?


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I must admit to being intimidated by pomegranates. I always savour them though when other great cooks use them in their dishes.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Very creative use of sweet potatoes. If I ever get to make Christmas dinner, I would definitely want to include a dish like this. Of course when I am finally given the privlege of making Christmas dinner, my family won't know what hit them. *grins evilly*

Lauren said...

Oh Susan, that pom glaze looks lovely! What an interesting flavor combination, and a tasty way to get your antioxidants in.

bee said...

here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful 2009, dear susan.

brii said...

ciao susan..
usually I make jelly o liquor with the pomegranates.
this year I used them together with other fruit and coco falkes as filling in our Cristmas turkey.
it was a success!
I love the idea og the pomegranate glaze..must try it!
happy holidays

The Food Hunter said...

that sounds like an interesting combination.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

susan-I have that problem a lot too. :)

stacey-I have never had even ONE pom martini! I am not kidding!

kalyn-It's wonderful.

lori-Happy New Year!

elra-Ooh, a glaze on duck sounds lovely. I've got to tell my mom about that one. Thanks!

rosa-Thanks! Happy New Year!

johanna-Ooh, that salad sounds divine. Thanks for sharing!

ashley-It is a little different, so I'm glad it appeals to you.

darius-Well, OK. ;)

val-They're really friendly.

sdoc-Grins evilly. Hahaha.

lauren- They are antioxidant rich!

bee-Happy New Year, my friend!

brii-Those are wonderful ideas. Thank you!

foodhunter-It's really wonderful.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Looks delicious and original - certainly not something I'd have thought of (but that's not a bad thing!).

The photographs are great, too!

Annie said...

Sounds like a winner!

MeloMeals said...

Looks beautiful!

I love to make BBQ sauces, especially paired with chipotle and bake tofu.. and in raw cheesecakes.. and to eat! oh.. and the juice and seeds in vinaigrettes

Kristen said...

I discovered pomegranate molasses a few years ago and now I use it everywhere! I especially like to use it in vinaigrettes. I'm fond of the arils anywhere you can think of--salads, with baked squash, in couscous, raw, oh damn am I hungry now!

Pip said...

Susan, I love pomegranates! I use it to make a liquor but it's also delicious to make roasted pork loin. As usual, wonderful pictures, a great explosion of colors! :-o

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Karen said...

This looks like a satisfying and healthy dish - nice job and it looks pretty, too! Having eaten my share of cookies (and other treats) the last few weeks, right now I'd take a sweet potatoe over a cookie anyday!

Maria said...

Oh my! Two of my favorite things in one dish. I love this one! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just found you and I'm looking forward to browsing more of your blog. I love pomegranates and this recipe sounds yummy. I use pomegranates in making margaritas

Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

I have some homemade pomegranate molasses (a holiday gift from my cousin) that I'm going to use in some sort of tagine this week. Love using it with slow cooked chicken. The sweet potatoes look wonderful. I'm bookmarking to try soon. Happy new year, Susan.

Anonymous said...

Love pomegranate in green salads, with lamb roast and in home-made chutney.

Those date/pomegranate scones look really good. Have to try that!


Laurie said...

I have to admit I have never used pomegranates in a savory dish. I usually pluck them from my parents tree without the patience to save them long enough to cook with them. We just open them in a bucket of water and seed and eat them. Although I love Pom juice and can totally imagine how wonderful a glaze it would make! I love your use of it with the roasted sweet potatoes.. beautiful photo's and color too Susan!
I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season.. Ciao!!

CurryLeaf said...


Nic said...

I'm glad you posted this because it sounds so different! The colours are beautiful.
Happy New Year Susan!!

Anonymous said...

You and I with the pomegranates! It's a pomegranate smackdown! Seriously tho it never occurred to me to use pomegranate as a glaze for sweet potatoes, but it sure as hell sounds like a brilliant idea. I'm on it!

Andrea Meyers said...

What a lovely dish! I'm getting inspired reading all your pomegranate posts. Happy New Year!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Beautiful for New Years Eve or Day, well anyday!
Happy New Year Susan!

Anonymous said...

oh, perfect! I have a bag of sweet potatoes from Trader Joe's and a pomegranate on the counter ready to use. I am thinking this will go great with our ham dinner for New Year's Day!

Thanks and Happy New Year,

Dewi said...

Dear Susan,
Just a quick note to wish you a happy new year. I wish you and your love one always in a good health, lot's of luck and all beautiful things come in year 2009.
Best wishes,

Anonymous said...

I don't have any pom juice on hand, but I do have a big bag of sweet potatoes that may just be the subject of those honey-roasted sweet potatoes today! Thanks for the recipe idea and Happy New Year!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your pomegranate picture is beautiful. I love the idea of a pomegranate glaze. Thanks for all the delicious inspiration your blog provides. Happy New Year, Susan!

Barbara GF said...

I love sweet potatoes, and I can only imagine how the flavor of pomegranate would take them to another level.
Happy New Year's, Susan!

Ivy said...

Beautiful dish. Happy New Year Susan to you and your family.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I can't say I've ever used pomegranates in savoury cooking, which is very remiss of me, isn't it? Must try harder in 2009!

Happy New Year!

Anne said...

The colours look really festive :)

Anonymous said...

I made this last night. yummy! I love pomegranate molasses - it's a staple in our pantry since I learned of it from the Splendid Table a couple years back. I'd almost put it on anything. (It's great on ice cream, or a spoon for that matter) This recipe was delicious - I added onions too. thanks!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

tania-Thanks for letting me know! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to try onions next time now. Thanks!

Jeanne said...

Oh, that looks so lovely - both the colours and the flavours! I don't use pomegranates enough but do use them successfully in a rocket and fennel salad sometimes to add sweetness... and colour!

Sophie said...

This sounds like a fresh approach to cooking sweet potatoes :), I usually just cook them with apples, but pomegranates sound like a delicious alternative.