Serve the following delicious relish with grilled meats, poultry, or Fish
4 small red onions (about 3/4 pound total), unpeeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
coarse salt to taste
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or more to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the onions in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet, toss with olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with coarse salt. Roast the onions, shaking the skillet occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until they are very soft to the touch. Remove the onions from the pan, let them cool slightly, cut in half through the root, and cool further.
2. Add the stock, 1 teaspoon of the pomegranate molasses, and sugar to the skillet, and place it over moderately high heat. Bring the liquid to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan, and boil, stirring, until the liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon, about 10 minutes.
3. Remove the papery outer skins from the onions, slice them as soon as they are cool enough to handle, and transfer to a bowl. Add the reduced liquid, the remaining 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses, cilantro, and red pepper flakes. Stir until combined well, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.
Pomegranate molasses (also called grenadine molasses) is a wonderful thing to have in your pantry. It's not grenadine syrup (that very sweet stuff used to make bar drinks); this is a luscious, aromatic, and deeply flavored condiment. Once it's in your cupboard and you're familiar with the magic it can bestow on the simplest of foods and dishes, you'll Find yourself adding it in all sorts of unexpected places. One especially creative cook we know glazed her Thanksgiving turkey with it! Pomegranate molasses is a staple in the countries of the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. Serve the following delicious relish with grilled meats, poultry, or fish -- especially when you're looking for an exotic accent. Makes about 1 cup