Recently, POM sent me a case of pomegranate juice to taste test. I tried the juice plain and it reminded me a bit of cranberry juice, but I have to admit, it isn’t something that I would drink regularly. I also tried adding the POM to seltzer water, which was fine, but not wonderful.
I went searching for healthy recipes using POM and found this recipe for pork chops with a pomegranate marinade on one of the blogs I frequent — Green Lite Bites. I modified the recipe slightly and we were thrilled with the results. This dish is healthy and tastes great!
8 oz. POM Wonderful juice
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. basil
2 lb pork tenderloin
1 vidalia onion
salt and pepper
Whisk together the POM juice, honey, garlic, and basil to make a marinade. Trim the tenderloin (one of my main beefs with pork is it can be fatty so I like to trim off all of the fat) and cut into medallions. My tenderloin made 10 medallions — that’s a lot of pork! Slice the onion.
Layer the pork, onions, and a bit of marinade several times in a Ziploc bag. Place in the fridge and marinate for at least 12 hours. Each time I opened the fridge I mixed it around a bit to make sure that all of the pork was coated.
Fire up the grill and grill the onions and medallions until your desired doneness (I prefer all of my meat extra well done). Please ignore Mikey’s disheveled appearance — this was on Sunday evening after walking, biking, weeding, mowing, planting, etc. Mike had a busy and productive day and was in need of a shower! 😉
The pork has an amazing flavor and is definitely a recipe I’ll make again. I was really impressed with the flavor but it was not overwhelming. The vidalia onions are a must and give a wonderful, sweet, crunch. I served the pork with green beans and new potatoes. Delish!