When you can catch them on sale, cherries are a great buy to satisfy that fruit craving. If you know you like cherries but are looking for some new options, here are 5 to get you started.
1. Spiced Cherry Relish: Warm 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 chopped onion and cook, stirring 1 minute. Add 2 cups pitted cherries, 1/2 cup cherry preserves, 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Simmer until thick, about 6 minutes. Serve on grilled steak.
2. Balsamic Cherry Glaze: Mix 1 cup cherry preserves, 1/2 cup pitted cherries, 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, and 1 tsp finely grated orange zest in a skillet over medium heat. Simmer in skillet until thick, about 1 minute. Puree in a food processor. Brush on chicken wings during last 10 minutes of roasting or grilling.
3. Granola Parfait: Divide 2 cups Greek yogurt, 1 cup granola, 1 cup pitted cherries, and 1/4 cup honey among 4 glasses.
4. Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad: Toss 6 cups mixed baby greens, 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, 1/2 cup pitted cherries, and 1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds in a large bowl. Whisk 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup sherry vinegar, 1 minced shallot, 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, and 1 tsp dried oregano in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss salad with dressing.
5. Cherry Cinnamon Crisp: Preheat oven to 375. Butter a 9×9 baking dish. Combine 5 cups of pitted cherries, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp cornstarch, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice in a baking dish. Combine 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup softened butter, and 1 tsp cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Evenly scatter crumb topping over cherry mixture. Bake until topping is browned and filling is bubbly. About 30 minutes.