Fantastic Cherry Recipes
Don't miss out on these summertime beauties. Salad, sangria, or sorbet—you're going to love these gorgeous fresh cherry recipes. Anyone who's stood over a sink pitting a bowlful with stained hands can attest to the cherry's dangerous squirtability. Sweet, deep-crimson Bing and peachy-colored Rainier are most abundant—and what we use in our recipes—though you might find yellow or inky purple varieties, too. If you live in an area where sour cherries reign, by all means use those; just be sure to balance the tang with a bit more sweetness.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Cherry Salsa
The meaty texture of fresh cherries holds up in a salsa that goes well with the charred sweet potatoes.
Cherry and Pistachio Rugelach
Sweet, deep-crimson Bing and peachy-colored Rainier cherries are most abundant in summertime—and what we use in these delicious cherry recipes—though you might find yellow or inky purple varieties, too. If you live in an area where sour cherries reign, by all means use those; just be sure to balance the tang with a bit more sweetness.
For these adorable Cherry and Pistachio Rugelachs, 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.
Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with Fresh Cherry Swirl
Creamy and luscious with a touch of tart, this simple fro-yo was a clear staff favorite. A combination of half-and-half, plain whole milk yogurt, and a little corn syrup gives the frozen yogurt its supersmooth texture.
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.
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Bourbon-Cherry BBQ Sauce
This fruity, boozy take on barbecue has all the characteristics of your favorite sauce—deep caramel notes, a savory backbone, and a pleasant vinegar tang. You can sub sweet cherries for sour, adjusting the amount of honey and vinegar to taste. For a shortcut, start with 1 cup purchased unsweetened cherry juice.
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-Basil Lemonade Spritzers
Instead of the fluorescent cocktail-cherry garnish, fresh cherries take center stage in this refreshing lemon-and-vodka sipper. Macerating the cherries in sugar helps to soften their thick skins and release their juices, which become gorgeously syrupy in the pan.
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.
Sweet-and-Sour Cherry Tartlets
We like the "naked" look of a couple of tartlets with just a few star cutouts, as shown. If you don't, this recipe makes enough dough for each tartlet to have its own pastry lid.
Apple-Cherry Cobbler with Sweet Spiral Biscuits
Fresh apples and frozen cherries create the ultimate marriage of sweet-tart flavors in this kid-approved dessert. Gluten-free spiral biscuits take the place of the traditional drop biscuit dough used to top cobblers. View Recipe: Apple-Cherry Cobbler with Sweet Spiral Biscuits
Mixed Grain, Cherry, and Snap Pea Salad
Fresh cherries take the place of tomatoes in this triple-grain salad. Bulgur, quinoa, and brown rice make for a nutty, wonderfully textured base, though you can omit the bulgur and double the quinoa for a gluten-free version. Extra crunch comes from fresh snap peas and red onion.
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
Easy enough for a busy weeknight and elegant enough for guests—that’s the beauty of this recipe that pairs sweet cherries with roasted pork tenderloin. When fresh cherries are out of season, you can use frozen (you may need to cook the sauce a little longer because frozen cherries tend to release more liquid). The fruity sauce gains incredible richness from a small amount of butter; be sure to stir the butter in at the end to keep its flavor more forward. If you don't have shallots on hand, you can substitute a sliced small yellow onion. View Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots
Bourbon Candied Cherries
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.
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
Use fresh or frozen cherries to make the deep red-hued, sweet-tart filling for this gluten-free tart. The crunchy, crumbly almond streusel really sends it over the top. View Recipe: 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 this easy cherry 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 chops.
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.