Monday, September 2, 2013

Balsamic Roasted Cherries

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 Cherries
 my take on the roasted cherries

27 comments:

  1. Good morning, Kathy,

    What a sweet story:) Your grandparents orchard sounds so fruitful. I once had a cherry tree that sporadically fruited. I never understood what made it so "moody." I do remember one year when it gifted us with the bestest cherries. It was the year my aunts came out from Brooklyn. They always said we lived in "God's Country." I guess to them it seemed that way since we lived all the way out on "the island."

    I love what you've done with these cherries. It's like preserving them and having them handy both at the same time. I would love them on some chocolate cake. Perhaps one of those mug cakes made in the microwave?

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  2. What a wonderful use for cherries - lovely flavors - they look SO good on the toast!
    Mary x

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  3. I roasted strawberries for the first time this year and can't wait for cherry season to arrive so I can try this. Cherries come out at Christmas down here but I've bookmarked! So glad we connected!

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  4. wow Kathy, those roasted cherries are simply irresistible, I love particularly the salad!

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  5. I am going out to buy some cherries. These cherries look delicious.

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  6. I love these cherries look beautiful Kathy!

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  7. I know roasting enhances the flavor of veggies and fruits. I am sure these cherries tasted deliciously. I would love them topping my Greek yogurt!

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  8. Roasted cherries look absolutely delicious, I bet they burst with flavour, especially when teamed with balsamic :D
    Genius!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. What a wonderful way to use extra cherries. I would never think to roast them...but it really is a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing the recipe and the memories Kathy!

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  10. Kathy, I've never roasted cherries, and the balsamic vinegar sounds like the perfect way to get these little beauties roasted. Love how you served it on toast, and in a healthy colorful, and delicious salad. Loved reading your post and sharing your precious memories! xo

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  11. Wow, Kathy, these sound terrific! And what a marvelous addition to your salad.

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  12. I've never tried this before but it sounds fantastic. I'm sure it brings the cherries to a whole new level. I'd probably eat them as is and they'd never make it to the salad. Great recipe I will definitely be trying these soon!

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  13. I'm debating about what to do with my last batch of frozen cherries, and you always seem to have just the right recipe Kathy! Loving this one.

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  14. Wow do these sound good! I roasted some figs last week, but not I need to try these roasted cherries.

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  15. Balsamic vinegar with cherries sounds divine. And I have a fancy new cherry pitter.
    Sam

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  16. Hi Kathy!
    You have such precious memories of your childhood with the cherry tree. We had a old cherry tree next to my grandmother's farm house, I remember climbing on it too with my cousin, so to collect the fruits of the season. I never thought of making balsamic roasted cherries. Love your idea!

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  17. Roasted cherries! How fun and delicious sounding. I can think of a zillion ways to use these! YUM!

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  18. love the images of the cherries and to think you were lucky enough to be able to pluck them fresh!!!!!!

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  19. (heart)
    I don't think there is much more I need to say :-)

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  20. I've prepared cherries like this before and they are amazing! They go so great on just about everything.

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  21. I love cherries, and it would be hard for me to choose between the tartine and the salad. So delicious!

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  22. These look so delicious! and what a fun way to use them L)

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  23. Mmmmmm... these look so plump and juicy. I love the idea of using them in a salad, too - I bet it was delicious!

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  24. Kathy, what a wonderful way to use cherries - I think, I would love to have a taste of that tartine, it looks awesome! And I noticed you pictured a wonderful Weck jar - aren´t they they best?!

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! I love the Weck jars and was lucky enough to find them in Williams Sonoma. The cherries were wonderful…you should definitely try them.

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