Cherries bring seasonal freshness to savory and sweet dishes. Here are six crowd-pleasing serving suggestions for cherries:
- Halve and pit cherries (either sweet or sour), sauté briefly in a bit of oil, and serve over sliced cake or as a topping for pancakes or waffles.
- Use sweet cherries to make fruit salsas for roasted meat or poultry.
- Add chopped cherries (sweet or sour) to muffin batters.
- Thread cherries and melon wedges on skewers and serve alongside grilled meat or fish.
- Sprinkle chopped sweet cherries over frozen yogurt or sorbet.
- Add fresh sweet cherries to a spinach salad along with toasted nuts and red onions.
Dried cherries: Dried cherries are made from both sweet and sour cherries. Like all dried fruit, they have a higher concentration of nutrients and more calories than the fresh fruit. Use them as you would raisins.
Cherry juice: Commercial cherry juice in supermarkets is likely sweetened with either sugar or grape juice. While that’s not necessarily bad, it’s best to consume this cherry juice as an occasional treat—it’s higher in calories and missing many of the healthful nutrients in the whole fruit.
If you are going to indulge, you can purchase unsweetened cherry juice concentrate at farmers’ markets or health-food stores and sweeten it on your own. Stir two to three tablespoons of concentrate into one cup of cold water and sweeten to taste. You can also:
- Use cherry juice concentrate as a glaze for roasted or grilled meat.
- Use it as the acid component of a salad dressing.
- Add it to homemade or store-bought barbecue sauces.
- Substitute cherry juice concentrate for red wine in your favorite sangria recipe.
- Use cherry juice concentrate to season meat for hamburgers or meatloaf.
See also: 5 Recipes that Celebrate Cherries