Pomegranate Pot Roast
Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle meat with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high. Add meat. Cook on all sides until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.Advertisement
Reduce heat to medium. Add onions to pot. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Push onions to one side; add tomato paste to center of pot. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic. Cook 1 minute more, stirring to combine all.
Add 1 cup pomegranate juice and the beef broth, stirring to scrape up any bits. Tie thyme and rosemary together with 100% cotton kitchen string. Add to pot along with bay leaves. Bring to boiling. Return meat to pot. Add carrots.
Transfer to oven. Cook, covered, 1 1/2 hours. Add persimmons. Cook, covered, 30 minutes more or until beef is very tender. Remove from oven. Discard bay leaves and herb stems. Let stand 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, for pomegranate syrup: In a medium saucepan combine remaining 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice, the honey, and lemon juice. Bring to boiling over medium, stirring to dissolve honey; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Let cool. (The syrup will thicken slightly as it cools.)
To serve: Drizzle the meat with pomegranate syrup. Top with pomegranate seeds and, if desired, additional fresh thyme and rosemary. Serves 6.
To deseed a pomegranate, trim the top and bottom to expose the seeds. Score an X across top to loosen the fruit. Working in a bowl of water, split the pomegranate in half and separate the seeds from the peel and white membranes.