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At sunset this Sunday night, Jewish families across the world will begin to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. In addition to the tradition of dipping apples in honey, pomegranates are always served at the Rosh Hashanah dinner table. Sometimes a host will add a little rose water or orange blossom water to the bowl of the jewel-like arils. But to really wow your high-holiday guests this year, it's time to use the fruit in a more creative way. TODAY Food has got you covered with brilliant recipe ideas for pomegranates from across the blogosphere including mains, sides and desserts that may well become new traditions at your Rosh Hashanah feast.
2. Honey Maple Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate: The super smart chefs over at The Café Sucre Farine elevate classic roasted carrots to dinner party status by adding juicy pomegranate arils, sesame seeds, thinly sliced fresh chives and fresh thyme leaves.
3. Pomegranate Lacquered Whole Roast Chicken: This gorgeous centerpiece bird from food blogger Heather Christo gets its burnished mahogany color from a deeply flavorful sauce that’s made with white wine, pomegranate juice and melted butter (use a butter alternative if you keep kosher).
6. Pomegranate Mojito: Instead of wine, consider serving your guests a festive drink as they arrive at your home. Food blogger Katherine Martinelli uses tart pomegranate juice to add a delicious twist to the classic Cuban cocktail made with crushed mint leaves, light rum, lime juice, simple syrup and club soda.
9. Sweet and Sticky Pomegranate Chicken: How Sweet It Is pan-fries chicken wings and legs, then simmers them in pomegranate juice and bakes the mixture until perfectly juicy. The finishing touch: pomegranate arils and chopped parsley.
11. Strawberry Pomegranate Sangria: Instead of sugar, Sally’s Baking Addiction uses strawberries to add natural sweetness to this refreshing drink that combines the fruit with red wine, pomegranate juice, club soda and fresh pomegranate arils.