Fantastic Cherry Recipes
Whether tangy or sweet, this collection of recipes highlights the best of cherry season.
We'll start with Bourbon Candied Cherries: the taste of a Manhattan in a fruit snack! Serve the cherries as a fun party nibble, or use in cocktails. Don't toss the soaking liquid—stir it into cocktails, or drizzle over ice cream or pound cake. The cherries taste best after soaking at least three days (we loved them after six days), and they will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Cherry and Pistachio Rugelach
You can switch out the cherry preserves and dried cherries for another fruit that comes in both spread and dried form, such as apricot, currant, or blueberry.
It’s hard to believe there’s anything you can do to make a creamy French cheese any better than it already is, but we found a new way to take it to a new level. As the summer beats on, you can still keep this party starter on the roster—just exchange the cherries for the most seasonal fruit: nectarines, plums, peaches, and blueberries all make a delicious pairings.
Dark Cherry Merlot Sauce over Yogurt
We love the flavor of a tangy fro-yo with this sweet sauce, but ice cream works just as well.
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
Matzo cake meal thickens the cheesecake batter but allows the texture to remain creamy when baked. You can always substitute all-purpose flour for the cake meal. (The recipe also works with all matzo cake meal—no flour.) Cherry liqueur reinforces the fruity flavor, but sub plain brandy, if necessary.
Apple-Cherry Cobbler with Sweet Spiral Biscuits
Fresh Cherry Pie
This not-too-sweet cherry pie is delicious on its own, and even better served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream under the fireworks.
Double-Cherry Upside-Down Cake
Juices released from the fruit make for a moist cake. The batter comes to the top of the pan and threatens to spill over. It shouldn't, but just in case, bake on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Bing Cherry Sorbet with Proseco
For extra cherry essence, top with chopped fresh cherries.
Fresh Cherry Galette
The galette looks and sounds fancy, but with its free-form shape, it's ridiculously easy. Rainier cherries have pale, creamy flesh and are larger and sweeter than Bing cherries. If you opt for another variety, add an extra tablespoon of sugar.
We recommend zesty Spanish albariño, but you can use any other refreshing white wine.
Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios
Fruit in salad may not be your thing, but the cherries really work here, offering a sweet, juicy burst to complement peppery greens and tangy cheese. Although we like the color of Rainiers, any cherry variety would be great.
Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots
Whole-Grain Kamut and Cherry Salad
Juicy cherries and chewy whole grains are a match made in heaven. We also tried this salad with red grapes in place of cherries, and they were delicious, too. If you have a pressure cooker, put it to use for the Kamut; it'll cut the cook time down to 25 to 30 minutes.
Cherry Tart with Almond Streusel Topping
Cranberry and Dark Cherry Clafoutis
When beating such a small amount of egg white (you only need one) to soft peaks, it's easy to do by hand. Just place the white in a medium bowl, and beat vigorously with a whisk; it should take about a minute.
Grilled Flank Steak with Cherry-Pecan Rice
Instead of flank steak, you can also use 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, grilled 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Serve with our Butter Lettuce and Beet Salad.
Chewy, fruity, and sweet, these fanciful bars are a favorite for all ages and make for a bright and elegant display on the dessert table.
Cherry, Chicken, and Pecan Wheat Berry Salad
What a fantastic combo! If you can't find fresh cherries, add ¼ cup boiling water to ¼ cup dried cherries. Let stand 10 minutes; drain and chop.
Cherry-Hazelnut Cake with Streusel Topping
Use a sweet fresh cherry such as Bing or Rainier for this hearty cake. You can substitute frozen cherries, thawed and drained, if fresh fruit is unavailable.
Smoked Cherry Bombs
Some flavor fireworks and fun surprises help light up the Fourth, and this whimsical dessert delivers. We free the main ingredient, maraschino cherries, from the cocktail garnish tray and flavor them with cherry wood smoke; then we wrap them with a creamy almond filling in buttery layers of phyllo.
Cherry-Port Glazed Pork Loin Roast
Port reduces to an intensely fruity, syrupy glaze for the pork loin. You can also omit the port and stir 2 tablespoons unsalted chicken stock into the cherry preserves. Fresh sage or rosemary would work in place of the thyme.
Amaretto Cherry Fizz
This is a simple twist on a classic. The amaretto sour cocktail balances the nutty sweetness of amaretto liqueur with the tartness of lemon and the cloudlike frothiness of shaken egg white. In this variation, the amaretto is infused with cherries and enlivened by a splash of prosecco (sparkling Italian wine).
Farro, Cherry, and Walnut Salad
Farro is a quick-cooking grain with a mild flavor, perfect for a summer salad. Add juicy cherries, crunchy celery, and a mustardy dressing for the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat, poultry, or fish. If you can't find farro, you can substitute wheat berries, barley, or quinoa.
Fresh Cherry Cheesecake Bars
With their combo of shortbread-like crust, creamy cheesecake, and fresh summer cherry goodness, these bars will make you the hit of the picnic.
Cherry-Grapefruit Basil Sorbet
Fresh basil pairs wonderfully with the sweet-tart citrus and deep cherry flavors in this elegant sorbet. Garnish the scoops with small basil leaves, if you like.
Kale, Quinoa, and Cherry Salad
Use up any leftover whole grains you have on hand to create an easy salad for lunch. Make sure to use organic, unsalted chickpeas and organic goat cheese.
Beef Tenderloin with Cherry-Black Pepper Sauce
Entertaining? Pop the beef tenderloin in the oven as guests arrive, and make the cherry-black pepper sauce just before they're seated. Balancing sweetness from the cherries and flavorful spice from the black pepper, this sauce is sure to bring your roasted beef to live without overpowering the simplicity of the meat.
Fresh tart cherries can be hard to find, which is why we add some dried ones to boost the flavor of this crisp. If you have access to fresh tart cherries, use 3 pounds and omit the dried fruit. Serve with vanilla low-fat ice cream, if desired; a small (1/4-cup) scoop will add 55 calories and 0.5 grams of saturated fat to each serving.
Pork Chops with Cherry Couscous
Sweet red cherries are a bountiful bargain, and they lend a wonderfully fresh, fruity element that pairs well with grilled pork.
Cherry Almond Ricotta Drop Scones
Reserve half of the citrusy-sweet ricotta mixture to dollop over the warm scones. These crumbly, cakelike biscuits are best enjoyed the day they are made.
White Chocolate-Cherry Bark
Pack a cherry-spiked piece in your child's bag (or you own) for a creamy-crunchy treat.
Cranberry Sauce with Cassis and Dried Cherries
This essential trimming can be made up to a week ahead. Cassis is black currant–flavored liqueur. If you can’t find it, substitute orange liqueur.
Black Forest Cherry Cake
The original cake has many layers; our streamlined version is easy to assemble and doesn't sacrifice any flavor or presentation panache. The heavy cherry filling may cause the cake to sink slightly in the center once assembled, but it won't detract from the stunning presentation—especially once it is aglow with birthday candles.
Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet
Tart-sweet cherry and strong dark chocolate flavors meld beautifully in this surprisingly rich sorbet crowned with juicy fresh cherries. Use a high-quality jam for the sorbet, and be sure to start the process a day ahead for the best flavor and texture.
Sweet cherries and robust merlot make for a colorful, refreshing chilled dessert. Because the granita requires at least 8 hours to freeze, add this to your list of smart entertaining recipes. Or have it on hand for a low-calorie mid-week dessert.
Summer Cherries Jubilee
A cherry pitter makes short work of this recipe, but if you don't have one, just place two or three fruits at a time under the flat side of a knife and hit the knife lightly (not as hard as you would to crush garlic). The pits will pull right out with the stems, bringing this surprisingly sophisticated dessert together in a flash.