Cherries are in season…

by zydecopaws on July 11, 2010

… and they were on sale at the local Fred Meyers for a ridiculously low price. So over the past couple of weeks, we bought a ridiculously large amount of cherries and they were beginning to pile up. So today a package of country style ribs (Why do they call them ribs, anyway? They aren’t…) went on Bubba Ho-Keg after getting a healthy dose of rib rub and the leftover mop mix from the 4th of July. The smoke wood today was wine-oak, which turned out to be a great choice for this particular cook.

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Yes, we have leftovers. By now you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with cherries. The not-ribs were topped with a cherry chutney inspired by several different recipes found on the web. Naturally we were out of several ingredients, so I had to make do.

Cherry Chutney

  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh Rainier cherries (or whatever is in season
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Heat oil in medium saucepan and saute onions until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients and boil on medium-high heat until thickened (about 10 minutes). Season with salt to taste.

Sounds pretty easy, and the results were very tasty. Not only that, we enlisted the kids to take the pits out of the cherries after having them watch a quick training video (complete with cat meowing) on how to pit them with a paperclip. Anyway, dinner ended up looking like this.

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The chutney had a bit more liquid than I would have liked, mainly because I used more of the liquid ingredients listed above and didn’t cook it as long as I should have. Still tasted good though.

And we weren’t done with the cherries yet. SWMBO made a cherry crumble (cherries covered with the same topping as the apple crumble I made several months ago) in the toaster oven (so as not to heat up the house).

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She insisted I take pictures of it. And since I would like to have some again (the crumble, get your mind out of the gutter) who am I to argue. Besides, she is She Who Must Be Obeyed…

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It was served over vanilla ice cream and was very good. The Rainier cherries are very sweet, and she didn’t add any sugar to the crumble (other than what normally goes in the topping). Good stuff, and very seasonal. I guarantee we won’t be having this when the price of the cherries goes back up from $1.99 per pound to over $4.99 per pound…

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