Pomegranate Chicken Experiment, Trial One
Purpose: Find a La Med style pomegranate chicken without the recipe to feed to 100 hungry Ridge Alumni Sunday Morning.
Question? How Delicious will the chicken be. How ridiculous will my protocol be?
Hypothesis: Deliciousness and ridiculousness shall be had.
Materials needed: (All terms are technical and must be precise) 12 drumsticks of chicken, a ton of olive oil, one-ish bottles of Pomegranate Molasses, A handful of Shallots, more garlic then the recipes actually call for, a little bundle of lemons, a handful of sesame seeds, a wallop of Balsamic Vinegar, a shard of Honey, a quarter plant of mint, a small lonely yellow onion, a hand-pinch of coriander, a bowl of cilantro, a sprig of rosemary, a triad of ground cloves, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a huge dash of cumin, a little cup of paprika, fourty-three chilli flakes, a bit o’ salt, a ton o’ pepper, and most important a shit-ton of Sumac!
Methods: I will attempt 5 different Pomegranate Chicken Recipes from online that I tweaked a little to fit the occasion and because I felt like it and one recipe I made up. The recipes I used can be found below:
Each Marinade was made and 2 drumsticks were marinated in it for exactly 24 hours before being cooked in cute little mini-bread pans for 40 minutes at 350°F. The six chickens were then tried by five beautiful volunteers on and scored from 0-5, with 0 being the worst chicken and 5 being the best chicken. These tests were single blind test where the taste testers did not the ingredients that were in each marinade. The results were then tabulated and graphed.
Conclusions: Marinades B and E were the clear Favorites. They were also very similar in taste and seemed to highlight the pomegranate flavor the best. Marinade A was too Lemony, marinade C was too sweet, marinade D tasted too much like cloves, and F though delicious tasted like pumpkin pie chicken not pomegranate chicken. For the dinner I am going to use a modified version of B that includes some of the best parts of Marinade E. These changes will include no cloves, a little bit of cilantro, and a few chilli flakes. Also along the hypothesis I was both ridiculous and made some moderately delicious chicken. Hopefully every one like it on Sunday!
Final Recipe for Emmer: ( Scale by about 10-15?) ½ cup Olive oil, ½ cup Pomegranate syrup, 2 shallots, 3 cloves garlic, 1 lemon, 1 TBLS sesame seeds, ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar, ½ tsp thyme, ¼ cup honey, 2 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp paprika, ¼ cup cilantro, ½ tsp chilli flakes, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper