June 29, 2017

Recipes

Sweet and Savory Recipes to Make the Most of Cherry Season

Recipes

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Process: 5 min.YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

2-1/2 pounds fresh tart cherries, pitted
1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
1/2 teaspoon butter
4-3/4 cups sugar

Directions

1. In a food processor, cover and process cherries in batches until finely chopped. Transfer to a Dutch oven; stir in pectin and butter. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute.

2. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into six hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.

3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 6 half-pints.

Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 89 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional

Directions

1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until cherries are tender and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

3 tablespoons: 74 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup cherry juice blend
4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted or frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

PASTRY:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
5 to 7 tablespoons cold water

Directions

1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in cherry juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Add the cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and extract; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add cold water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide pastry in half so that one ball is slightly larger than the other.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger ball to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate; trim even with edge of plate. Add filling. Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edges.

4. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°; bake 45-50 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 457 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 20 min./batch + freezing YIELD:17 servings

Ingredients

4 cups fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, quartered
1 cup sugar
2 liters black cherry soda, chilled
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

1. In a large saucepan, bring cherries and sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl; cover and refrigerate until chilled.

2. Stir in soda and milk. Fill ice cream freezer cylinder two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. Yield: about 3 quarts.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 201 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.YIELD:2 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, halved
1/3 cup ruby port wine
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt

PORK CHOPS:

1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 bone-in pork loin chops (7 ounces each)
2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions

1. In a small saucepan, saute shallot in oil until tender. Stir in the cherries, wine, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the coriander, mustard, salt and pepper; rub over chops. In a large skillet, cook chops in oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Serve with sauce. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop with 1/3 cup sauce: 356 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 509mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 fruit.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 m. Ready In 10 m.

Ingredients

1 banana 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup frozen cherries

4 ice cubes 1/2 cup orange juice 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)

Directions

Place the banana, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and ice cubes into a blender. Pour in the orange juice, vanilla yogurt, and honey. Puree until smooth.
TOTAL TIME:35 min. Active: 15 min. Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 6 ounces each
2 tablespoons chopped thyme leaves, about 6 sprigs
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts) a couple of handfuls
3 cups chicken stock, divided
4 tablespoons cold butter, divided
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
3 ribs celery, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, eyeball it
1 cup dry white wine, 1/4 of a bottle
1 cup dried cherries, a couple of handfuls
2 cups plain couscous
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, eyeball it
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, eyeball it
1/4 cup honey, eyeball a healthy drizzling
2 scallions, finely chopped
Generous handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions

Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with the 3 turns of the pan of extra-virgin olive oil, about 3 tablespoons. Season chicken liberally with half of the thyme, salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet. Cook the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

In the bottom of a medium sauce pot, heat and toast pine nuts over moderate heat and remove. Add 2 cups stock and 1 tablespoon butter to the pot and bring to a boil.

Return the chicken skillet to the burner over medium-high heat, add 1 turn of the pan of extra-virgin olive oil, add the onion, celery, crushed red pepper flakes, nutmeg, salt and pepper, cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the celery and onions are tender. Add the white wine, and cook until the pan is almost dry, 1 minute. Add the 2 cups boiling chicken stock, and dried cherries and continue to cook for about 5 to 6 minutes or until there is only about 1/2 cup of liquid left in the pan. Turn the heat off the under the pan. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons cold butter in small pieces and whisk until it has completely melted.

In a medium saucepan bring the remaining 1 cup chicken stock to a boil, add couscous, allspice, cinnamon and a little salt. Cover pot and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Drizzle honey over the couscous and add the pine nuts, scallions and parsley. Toss and fluff with a fork to combine.

Serve the chicken whole or sliced with cherry sauce poured over it and couscous alongside. Dark seared greens or simple salad complete the meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep Time: 30 minutes. Yield: 6 cups

Ingredients

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 celery stalks, diced
2 cups pitted and cut in half fresh cherries
3/4 cup packed cilantro, diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped green onions
salt and pepper
crescent rolls (I use Pillsbury)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight to let the flavors deepen. Serve on crescent rolls or bread. Makes about 6 cups of chicken salad