Thanks to Whole Foods Organic Cherry sale ($1.99) I recently discovered one cherr-ific recipe used for dinner and dessert!
All Purpose Cherry Sauce and Filling
Start with approximately 3 cups of fresh cherries, pitted and stems removed.
Next bring 2/3 cup sugar and 2/3 cup water to a boil, as it began boiling I dropped in the cherries one or two at a time (I was pitting them and then dropping them in.
Now, add 2 tbls corn starch to 1/4 cup water and stir until smooth (this will help to thicken your cherries into a nice sauce.) Add it to your cherry mixture on the stove and bring to boil again. When thickened, add about 1/4 cup lemonade.
This sauce I then used as:
A side to my own version of Ham and Turkey Hot Pockets.
Two tins of crescent rolls. Roll one tin out flat on a long dark cooking sheet. Pinch edges togther to fill wholes. Top with Ham slices Then top with Swiss cheese slices. Top with Turkey slices. Roll the other tin out on top of the meat and cheese mixture. Pinch open edges together and all around it so it “seals.” Put about 4-5 pats of butter on the top crest roll dough. Place in 350 over for approximately 15-20 minutes. Place cherry sauce on side as a condiment – it just kicks the flavor up a notch.
Topping on my Cherry Wheat Beer Cake.
This one I cheated, but hey it was Sunday and I was tired. One Angel Food Cake drizzled with Cherry Wheat Beer icing. To make icing one cup confectioners sugar and 2 tablespoons cherry wheat beer (I used Sam Adams because that meant I also got to finish it while I cooked). Slice and top with cherry sauce.
Filling for my cherry cobbler recipe.
To make an easy cherry cobbler take this sauce and spread in a deep dish pan (small about 8 inch round will work. Cover the sauce/filling with a yellow cake mix (Jiffy or Martha White boxes are just the right size if you use one). Melt one stick of butter and then pour butter over dry cake mix. Bake in 375 over for approximate 25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
I still had plenty of cherries left – so be sure to check back for my Cherry Good Sangria and Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce.