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Dried Bing Cherries?

tharned Jan 6, 2013 05:32 PM

WWYD with a bunch of dried bing cherries? Not such high quality, from TJs. I searched for some recipes and came up with desserts mainly but I don't want to make a fruitcake or pie. Does anyone have ideas for savory dishes? Or easy quick baked goods?

  1. The Professor Jan 6, 2013 08:16 PM

    Other than adding them to my oatmeal during cooking, I've added them to apple pies, braised pork dishes, cookies, etc.

    I'm surprised you found the TJ's dried Bings as "not such high quality": I've found them to be the best I've ever gotten! Dried Bings have a more subtle (and to me,better) flavor compared to dried sour cherries.
    Just curious...are you comparing them to other dried Bings you've had?

    1. coll Jan 6, 2013 07:41 PM

      I buy those specifically to mix into my yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast. I've added them to curry too, I go heavy on the fruit.

      1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 6, 2013 07:20 PM

        They're great in wild rice pilaf. As nofunlatte said they're also a great match with pork...and with duck.

        A couple of salad options:
        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Warm-Goat-Cheese-Salad-with-Dried-Cherries-and-Pancetta-Vinaigrette-14302
        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Butter-Lettuce-Salad-with-Bacon-Dried-Cherries-and-Roquefort-Vinaigrette-105970

        You can also use them in granola, toss them into your morning oatmeal, make trail mix, or these spiced nuts:
        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

        Or chutney.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          tharned Jan 6, 2013 07:40 PM

          Thanks. Mmm duck, had not thought of that but you are right that's a great pairing, I've been tossing them in oatmeal already. :)

        2. nofunlatte Jan 6, 2013 05:44 PM

          How about scones? I've used them in scones (chocolate-cherry scones, made with chopped bits of dark chocolate and dried cherries). Or you could make a sauce to go with pork.

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          1. re: nofunlatte
            MsMaryMc Jan 6, 2013 05:55 PM

            Those would be my suggestions, too.

            Bings are wonderful to eat fresh, but not the best for cooking or drying. They just seem to lose flavor and become kind faded and blah. TJ's also sells dried tart Montmorency cherries, and they're a lot better. I make scones with those and some toasted, chopped hazelnuts...mmmmm. You might want to try those after you've used up the Bings.

            1. re: nofunlatte
              tharned Jan 6, 2013 06:32 PM

              scones are a good idea, thanks

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