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Recipe for fresh cherries needed

phelana May 31, 2009 09:34 AM

I bought a huge bag of cherries (grown in the US) and they have NO flavour. Besides feeding them to the birds any creative recipes please?

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  1. greedygirl May 31, 2009 10:01 AM

    Clafoutis is the obvious one. A bit of a pain pitting all those cherries, but delicious.

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      janniecooks May 31, 2009 10:09 AM

      and you can up the flavor quotient with a bit of kirsch.

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        wally Jun 1, 2009 12:48 PM

        Kirsch ups the flavor of even fantastic cherries.

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          janniecooks Jun 1, 2009 01:09 PM

          oh yeah. but great cherries don't really need the flavor boost.

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            wally Jun 1, 2009 06:14 PM

            No, but I had just had some and they were good!

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      Brandon Nelson May 31, 2009 02:44 PM

      Agrodulce is my go to method for tasteless fruit. Pit the cherries and sweeten them with a little bit (tablespoon)of honey (or brown sugar) and a little (again T or so)balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar, or even lemon juice). Let them macerate a couple hours. I like this peparation with chiffonade of fresh mint.

      They will be good on their own, but would mix well with other fruit components like oranges, pineapple, or mango.

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        phelana May 31, 2009 03:07 PM

        Any easy pitting recs??

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          Brandon Nelson May 31, 2009 04:00 PM

          Nut cracker style pitter or a hair pin. There is no easy mess-less way to prep cherries.

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            sarah galvin May 31, 2009 07:04 PM


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            karykat May 31, 2009 07:23 PM

            Pichet Ong has a similar idea for cherries in his book The Sweet Spot. He combines a couple pounds of cherries with a couple tablespoons sugar, a tablespoon balsamic, a vanilla bean or some extract, and some sake. He combines everything and refrigerates 4 - 6 hours. Then garnishes with some toasted pistachios and maybe some soft sweetned cheese.

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              Brandon Nelson Jun 2, 2009 08:22 PM

              That sounds veeerrryyyyy good.

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              Old Spice May 31, 2009 10:20 PM

              Brandon, I love the combination of cherries and fresh mint too. Like it with other summer fruit as well. Good call.

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                Brandon Nelson Jun 2, 2009 08:22 PM

                Works well with strawberries as well.

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              ziggylu May 31, 2009 06:50 PM

              My first reaction is clafouti as well, probably because I've been mildly obsessed with them lately.

              My next reaction comes from my greek roots and I think of cherry spoon sweet. Here's a basic recipe: http://greekfood.about.com/od/dessert... Cherry and fig spoon sweet are my favorites, particularly in yogurt.

              1. geminigirl Jun 1, 2009 11:14 AM

                This was great with sour cherries so you might want to give it a try?


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                  cheesecake17 Jun 1, 2009 12:28 PM

                  From Oprah- a goat cheese cheesecake with a cherry topping.


                  1. Glencora Jun 1, 2009 12:32 PM

                    Saute some shallots, add the pitted cherries, a bit of sugar and red wine, cook until syrupy and serve as a sauce for goat-cheese stuffed chicken breasts. I like a little thyme mixed in with the goat cheese.

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