Well, let’s just say it all started with a lil email stating, “You are one of 100 bloggies to host a POM Wonderful Dinner Party“… WOW! Was my first reaction, I sent in my proposal to POM Wonderful with some fun POMMY ideas for foodie fun and I was chosen…
Okay, Thought 1:
I live in Manhattan.
Yes, I live in a shoe box.
Well, maybe a pin-hole.
A belly button?
Okay, you get the point.
I am Carrie Bradshaw (heehe, All you Sex n’ the City fans) …
Instead, I write about food…
And I love it.
L-O-V-E, LOVE it.
So, I put on my thinking cap and pondered.
Thought 2: Who shall attend?
Thought 3: What will I cook? And bake?
Thought 4: Settle down, Amie. You have 2 huge cases of fresh pomegranates at your front door and the FedEx guy thinks you’re nuts!
Thought 4: Stop with the thoughts and Get to Work!
Thought 5: Final Thought….Let’s make it a Gluten-Free POM Party…
‘T’was the night before my POM Party, and all I could think about was the decor, the dishes, the entrees, the desserts and o’ what fun I had developing gluten-free POM recipes using POM Wonderful and the two large crates of pomegranates inside my tiny abode. There I was…in my ‘lil apt…with the Kitchen Aid mixer buzzin’, the stove heatin’ and my fridge about to burst open with fresh produce and pomegranates!
Then, after a deep breathe, lots of planning and lots of fun…I was ready…
Welcome to my POM Dinner Party.
The dinner was held on November the 12th…a fine Friday evening here in the Upper East side of Manhattan. My Gluten-Free ‘POM’ dinner party was inspired by a Fall Harvest theme in an intimate setting…
Picture eight Manhattanites, nestled into my cozy Manhattan apartment perched onto eight large maroon colored pillows on hardwood floors with a beautiful display of my homemade POM inspired dinner menu. I cooked and baked everything from scratch using POM Wonderful products in every dish and beverage throughout the evening. My menu consisted of POM infused Pecan Crackers served with POM Conserve for appetizers. Roasted Turkey, Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Arils, POM n’ Macadamia Stuffed Squash, POM infused Crispy Parsnip n’ Apple Fries with POM infused Sweet Pea n’ Asparagus Guacamole for the main course. And, for dessert, POM Truffles and Gluten Free Red Velvet Pistachio Coconut Muffins, which are both infused with POM. The beverages for the evening were POM spritzers, hot apple cider infused with POM and hot POM tea in cute little maroon mugs. Each guest was given a bottle of POM Wonderful and a fresh pomegranate in an adorable POM Wonderful gift bag.
The ‘table’ for this meal was Manhattan-style… well, it’s Manhattan-style for me… I laid a beautiful cream linen tablecloth on the floor surrounded by the eight large POM-colored pillows, which were used as seats for my guests, four maroon colored candles burned during the dinner and soft jazz music played in the background.
The POM Dinner Party event started off with each of my guests and I opening a bottle of POM and using it to create every dish and beverage. Each guest was in charge of their own bottle and was instructed to finish it by the end of the evening throughout the cooking and baking in each of their dishes and beverages. Before we dug into our POM dinner, each guest and myself sat around the table with our own fresh pomegranates in our hands. We went around the ‘table’ and spoke about ways in which we use pomegranates in our everyday lives to add these powerful antioxidants into each meal, snack and beverage! With these unique and fun-filled POM foodie ideas, we elaborated on my ‘Menu’ and by the end of the evening all eight POM Wonderful bottles and all eight pomegranates (plus many more for snackin’ on and tossin’ extra into recipes) were incorporated into our Fall Harvest Feast.
I then broke out my famous ‘How to Open a Pomegranate’ presentation…with a POM Wonderful and a pomegranate in each of our hands…we got to work. “Okay everyone…aprons on because this is gunna get messy,” I shouted…
Then turned up the jazz music and got to work.
- Using a sharp paring knife, gently slice off the crown of the pomegranate.
- Place on a flat surface, cut side up and score the skin at each of the sections on the fruit.
- Gently open each section and using your fingers, loosen the inside seeds, also known as ‘arils’ into a bowl. Discard the body of the pomegranate and focus on the arils.
- Transfer arils to a mesh strainer and rinse with cool water.
- Place onto a paper towel to dry and they’re ready to use in any dish!
I am honored to share this incredible POM infused evening on The Healthy Apple, where I preach about fresh farm-to-table clean, natural gluten-free food and lifestyles, which is exactly what this dinner party emulated to my guests. This evening was about my effort with eating clean and adding an integral health component with POM infused dishes and beverages. I am incredibly passionate for the POM Wonderful brand as it truly is a brand that I believe in and love so much. All of the POM products are healthy, clean and delicious, which is what The Healthy Apple encompasses and which is my message to my family, friends, colleagues, readers and the online community.
My energy and passion portrayed POM in a beautiful light and created a unique look on the classic POM beverage…with a Gluten-Free twist, I created a fun, intimate spin on a classic dinner party in Manhattan!
I’m sure you’re all yearnin’ for these delicious POM Gluten-Free recipes mentioned above…so, here is a sneak peak at the POM appetizers that were served.
POM Conserve served with Gluten-Free POM Pecan Crackers
- 16 oz. POM Wonderful
- 4 lbs. fresh pomegranates, roughly chopped
- 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
- 1/2 cup crystallized ginger
- In a saucepan, bring POM Wonderful to a boil over medium heat. Add pomegranates and agave nectar; cook for 20 minutes. Stir often. Add ginger, cook for another 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat; set aside to cool; mixture will thicken when cooled.
- Serve with POM crackers.
Gluten-Free POM Pecan Crackers
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tbsp. POM Wonderful
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix until combined.
- Prepare a large nonstick baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place dough in the center of the sheet. Roll dough with a rolling pin until it is 1/2 inch thick and is covering the baking sheet.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into 3 inch rectangles.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with POM Conserve.
How do you ‘POM’?