5 ways to enjoy fresh cherries
Life is better with a cherry on top. And if I do so say so myself, preferably a roasted cherry. There is something quintessentially summer about a sweet, tangy, juicy cherry, and those red stained fingers to accompany an afternoon spent lingering on the front porch sipping smashed cherry lemonade or eating ice cold creamy roasted cherry and pistachio ice cream. Go on, you know you want to rush out and buy a bag of fresh cherries and eat them right out of the bag until you simply can't eat another one.... but before you do, here are my favorite 5 ways to enjoy fresh cherries.
5 WAYS TO ENJOY FRESH CHERRIES
Start with a bag of fresh cherries and you can finish with a gold medal with very little effort, trust me, these 5 ways to enjoy fresh cherries might be common sense but a little reminder goes a long way to creating a summer full of tasty memories.
- Roasted. Skip the pie this year and toss a bag of cherries, pit and all, on to a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 425F until they start to burst. Wham bam thank you mam! Avoid eating them all in one go, they are pure heaven. What is left after you devour the tray of warm cherries is a symphony of sweet cherries that will totally change the way you enjoy Cherry Lemonade, or churn homemade cherry ice cream.
- Grilled. Everyone is doing it, why not you? Pit them and slide them onto a skewer with a few peaches to create one BBQ fruit salad that everyone will love, even when they say that can't possibly take another bite.
- Pan Fried. For the perfect hint of sweet with your summer greens, toss in a few pitted and sliced cherries to your pan fried greens. It is nothing short of brilliant when you toss in a handful of kale, sliced almonds and cherries, with a nob of coconut oil and watch them all come to a vibrancy together.
- Boozed up. I'm never one to turn down a bit of infusion, especially when Bourbon and cherries are involved. And the beauty of infusing your cherries in booze is that the cherries are a treat unto themselves and the syrup that remains can turn an ordinary night cap into drink to remember.
- Frozen. Pit them, slice them and toss them on a parchment lined baking sheet before putting them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag and use them to cool your summer drinks. Ice cubes are so last decade......
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