|Balsamic Roasted Cherries|
Cherries have been showing up at all of our farmers markets and grocery stores lately! The season is so short! I just love cherries! Growing up, I lived next door to my grandparents. On the property was a peach orchard, and many fruit trees. Apple, pear, and quince to name a few. My favorite tree was a lovely old cherry tree, that grew right outside my grandparents kitchen. Most years it gave little or no fruit. However, I remember one year, when that old tree was filled with the most beautiful big, Queen Anne cherries. It was the year my cousins came to visit from Boston. They lived in the city, and were so taken by life in the country. My grandfathers garden, the peach orchard and all the fruit trees fascinated them. But for my cousin Patty, it was that old cherry tree she loved! She would pull up a bench and climb that tree to pick as many cherries as she could reach. To this day, she still talks about that cherry tree. Funny thing is, after that summer, I don’t think that tree ever produced very many cherries again.
A week ago, I was at Sam’s club and bought way too many cherries. I forgot my husband was on the South Beach diet. He can’t eat fruit during the first phase. What was I going to do with all these beautiful black cherries? I could freeze them to use later but, they were so perfect now! So, as always, I searched the web for some ideas! I found a recipe for roasted cherries…YUM! They were calling my name. I pitted them, rubbed them with some olive oil, sprinkled them with some balsamic vinegar, and into the oven they went. Let me tell you…they were amazing! So far, I’ve used them on my yogurt, on a salad, and an open faced sandwich with goat cheese (a tartine)! If you happen to find yourself a big bag of cherries…and you don’t know what to do with them, try roasting them. You won’t be disappointed!
|Roasted Cherries…just out of the oven|
|I love them on top of my yogurt…amazing!|
|How about a tartine…some rustic bread, spread with goat cheese and toped with the roasted cherries…yum!|
The cherries were great on this salad with goat cheese, assorted lettuce (just picked), and pecans.
Balsamic Roasted Cherriesmy take on the roasted cherries