No matter what variety you find at the market, fresh cherries are a sweet and colorful addition to smoothies, salads, cobblers and cakes.
June 16, 2008
1 of 9Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cooking Light
7 Ways With Cherries
Whether sweet or sour, cherries are prized for their red color and antioxidant value. Toss Bing, Ranier, or Van cherries into these delicious recipes for a flavor-packed meal.
2 of 9Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey
Fresh Cherry Smoothie
Fresh Cherry Smoothie Recipe Fresh cherries, yogurt, and a drizzle of honey are whipped into a simple smoothie that's perfect for breakfast on-the-go or an after-workout snack. With so few ingredients, the flavor of the cherries shines through making it taste more like a cherry milkshake than a health drink.
3 of 9Becky Luigart-Stayner
Grilled Chicken Salad With Cherries
Grilled Chicken Salad With Cherries Recipe With their delicate yellow-red blush, the highly prized Rainier cherries are a sight to behold in this salad of grilled chicken breast and mixed greens. If you're short on time, substitute rotisserie chicken and buy bottled vinaigrette.
4 of 9Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Duck Breast with Double-Cherry Sauce
Duck Breast with Double-Cherry Sauce Recipe While the sauce calls for frozen cherries, substitute fresh cherries if you can find them for an even brighter flavor. The combination of cherries, cherry preserves, and a splash of brandy make for an elegant sauce to coat the duck breast. Try it with chicken as well.
5 of 9James Carrier
Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries
Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries Recipe For a fancy breakfast or show-stopping dessert, this recipe is easier to pull together than it appears. The poached cherries that top the waffles cook in just 10 minutes. And the waffles, while they come with a long ingredient list, take only 15 minutes to prepare.
6 of 9Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr
Fresh Cherry Cobbler
Fresh Cherry Cobbler Recipe This cobbler comes together quickly because the crust is made with refrigerated pie dough and the fresh cherry filling is thickened with quick-cooking tapioca. If you don't have time to pit fresh cherries, thaw some frozen cherries and no one will be the wiser.
7 of 9Becky Luigart-Stayner
Cherry-Almond Upside-Down Cake
Cherry-Almond Upside-Down Cake Recipe Pitting the cherries is a little bit labor intensive, but the almond-flavored cake is easy to assemble. The final result is a spectacular display of cherries, cherries, and more cherries that have steeped in red wine-sugar syrup. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for extra sweetness.
8 of 9Photo: Jeff Kauck; Styling: Andrea Kuhn
Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry Compote
Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry Compote Recipe Lemon and fresh mint add exceptional flavor to this lightened pound cake. You can substitute store-bought pound cake if you're short on time. The simple 5-ingredient sauce, paired with your favorite vanilla ice cream, adds more than enough homemade flavor.