With the balance of sweet and tart, these balsamic roasted cherries are the perfect topper for breakfast or dessert!
I LOVE cherries. I especially love them when they’re on sale! I remember the first time I bought cherries at Whole Foods and did not realize that the advertised price was per pound rather than for the whole bag. I was in college at the time, so spending $16 on a bag of cherries made my stomach churn – honestly it would still give me serious spending guilt. Luckily I now know to multiply the price by the weight of the bag, so much fewer surprises at the checkout lane 😉
While I know we all dread using the oven in the summer, these roasted cherries are well worth the extra heat! Delicious on their own, they also taste amazing in overnight oats, mixed in with yogurt, granola, and almond butter (such a good breakfast!), on pancakes, and, of course, on top of vanilla bean ice cream. They would also be perfect for topping grilled pound cake for a perfect summer-time dessert!
The longest part of this recipe is pitting the cherries. If you have a cherry pitter then you are good to go! I unfortunately do not have a pitter, so I cut my cherries in half, then carefully used a pealing knife to cut out the pits.
I’d love to hear what you end up putting these cherries on top of!
So here’s a toast to more excuses for pancakes, ice cream, and yogurt parfaits!
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Love these sweet and tart cherries with panna cotta. Use a straw (I use a fairly big, plastic straw to pit the cherries. Plastic makes it flexible enough to pop the stem and the pit out, then use the straw for the next cherry.) You could use a reusable straw also, but I think it would be harder to remove the stems and pits. Maybe they just fill the straw and start coming out the other end at a certain point!
Love the idea of using these with panna cotta! And the straw trick is a great one, thanks!!
Cherries are my favorite fruit (ok, tie with grapefruit and peaches.) But my question is, what type of balsamic do you use. That subject is so confusing to me. Should I really buy the expensive stuff, if so, tell me it’s totally worth it!
I use a mid-range balsamic for roasting as I like t to be a little thicker and sweeter than the super cheap stuff, but unless I’m using it for dipping bread, there’s no need to get the really pricy, fancy balsamics.