7 Exciting Ways To Eat Cherries This Winter

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By Cooking Panda

Are you a cherry fiend? Do you look forward to celebrating Chocolate Covered Cherry Day on Jan. 3 every year?

Ok, even if that doesn’t apply to you — and honestly, we suspect it doesn’t — if you enjoy cherries and are looking for some new ways to add a little fruit to your sweet and savory dishes, we have a treat for you. Whether fresh, frozen or dried, cherries add a nice depth to your drinks, desserts and even savory meals, so if you want a little extra sweet and sour kick, read on to take your ingredients to the next level.

1. Three-Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

All you need is butter, devil’s food cake mix and cherry pie filling for a super moist, flavorful indulgence. If you want to spend a few extra minutes preparing this, feel free to use these recipes for devil’s food cake and cherry pie filling.

2. Flatbread Pizza with Cherries

Cherries and pizza? YES! Absolutely. Throw in some pesto, red onions and arugula for a peppery, savory pop to balance out the sweetness. If you want to really take it over the top, we think this flatbread would be divine with a little bit of fresh mozzarella or Brie.

3. Balsamic Roasted Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This gooey, sweet, tart recipe uses roasted cherries, so feel free to either roast some frozen ones or just skip the step and throw in a few dried cherries, but keep in mind they’ll be a little sweeter.

4. Wine-Braised Brisket with Tart Cherries

If you want, you can totally brown the brisket and then just dump everything into the slow cooker — then come back several hours later to a tangy, flavorful meal that melts in your mouth.

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5. The Lady Morello Cocktail

You know those tart Morello cherries you find in a jar? Yeah. Muddle them with a mandarin orange, rum, bitters, vanilla and, oddly, a fresh crack of pepper for a bittersweet, smooth and perfectly complementary cocktail that will blow your socks off.

6. Chocolate Covered Cherries

Love those cherries you find in the box? It turns out, they are super easy to make, plus you can customize them however you want. Love Luxardo cherries and dark chocolate? Go for it!

7. Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Truly, cherry, lemon and vanilla are the perfect additions to your favorite super-moist breakfast pastry. You’ll love this one!

Featured Photo Credit: Closet Cooking

Tags: cherry cake, cherry cocktail, savory cherry recipe, Tasty Tuesday, winter cherries
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