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Uses for dried Cherries (not just baked goods)

Anyone have recipes that use dried cherries? I brought some back with me from MI and I'd like to do something with them. I know I can put them in baked goods just like raisins but I'd like something a little different.

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  1. You can rehydrate them a tasty liquor (brandy, amaretto, etc.) and make a chunky cherry sauce/topping for pork loin (or a stuffing for a roulade), or a summery fruity dressing for salads.

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    1. re: habibi

      second the pork sauce idea. I simmer mine in port with a splash of balsamic-also works well with dried figs

    2. I soak them in port then make a reduction sauce for duck breasts. I use thyme, rosemary and orange zest rubbed on the breast saute, skin side down, then flip. remove duck when cooked, skim (and save!) most of the fat, then add shallots and saute, then the cherries and soaking liquid and reduce. I may add broth, more herbs, butter to finish. You could use red wine or other liquors, of course.

      1. I throw them in tossed salads.

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        1. re: Janet

          Yes - just made a green salad with dried cherries, toasted sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese and shallot vinaigrette.

        2. I have used them to make a sauce for pork chops (I believe I browned the chops, then made the sauce in the same pan using cherries, stock, and other things, and then finished the chops in the sauce). I can't remember where I got the recipe, but epicurious.com is a likely place.

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          1. re: dubedo

            a bag of brocolli slaw
            a handful of toasted pinenuts
            a handful of dried cherries or cranberries
            your own coleslaw dressing, or pre-made (like Marie's)
            Go easy on the dressing.

          2. OMG!! All of these ideas are wonderful! Thanks