Thirsty & Tasty Tuesday

Love cherry trees in the spring

Love cherry trees in the spring

It’s cherry season in Michigan. So I’m sharing a couple of my favorite cherry recipes for Thirty & Tasty Tuesday. Everyone LOVES cherry pie, cherry fritters, and cherry cheesecake but I did non-desert recipes. Amazing I know. Both are made in the crock-pot so they work great in the summer – dump and forget while playing in the sun. They also work great in the winter for beating back the “it’s-snowing-again” blues.

CHERRY PIE MOONSHIEcherries (1)
What you need:
2 (15 oz.) Cans Cherries Pie mix
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 (32 oz.) Bottle Cherry Juice
2 Cups cherry Vodka
Cherries for the jars (optional)
3 Quart jars with lids and rings
What you do…
1. Add the sugar, cherry juice and both cans of cherries to the crock-pot.
2. Cook on low for 1 hour to 2 hours or until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is heated.
3. Allow the mixture to cool.
4. Once the liquid has cooled, add in the vodka.
5. Drop ten to twelve cherries in 3 quart jars
6. Pour mixture into jars and seal with lids and store in the refrigerator up to 6 months.
Shake before serving.

PORK TENDERLOIN WITH CHERRY SAUCE
What you need:

1 boneless pork loin roast (3 to 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 cup cherry preserves
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

What you do…
1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown roast on all sides.
2. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix preserves, cherries, vinegar and brown sugar until blended; pour over roast. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until tender (a thermometer inserted in pork should read at least 145°).
3. Remove roast from slow cooker; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing. Skim fat from cooking juices. Serve pork with sauce.

What are some of your favorite recipes featuring cherries?

What are some of your favorite cherry recipes?

What are some of your favorite cherry recipes?

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