27 Sweet and Sour Cherry Recipes (2024)

Cherries are wonderfully delicious all on their own, but when you'd like to cook or bake with the fruit, allow us to share some of our favorite cherry recipes with you. We have sweet and sour applications for fresh, frozen, and dried cherries. For dessert, cherry pie is a classic, and we're big fans of black cherry–chocolate ice cream sandwiches; for a savory entree, try prime rib with sour cherry conserva, truffle, and chocolate. The spread includes booze, too, such as a recipe for a smoked cherry bounce (an ideal toast to the holidays, if you ask us). Read on for even more cherry recipes we love.

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Cherry Empanadillas

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This delicious cherry filling will convince you that empanadillas aren't just for savory snacking. These empanadillas are fried until golden brown, then glitzed up with a pretty pink glaze. If you don't have a cherry pitter, a chopstick does a surprisingly good job of removing the pits.

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Polenta Cherry Cobbler

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A few spoonfuls of polenta add a sunny color and nutty depth to this twist on a classic cherry cobbler. Sour cherries are abundant at farmers markets in the early summer (you'll probably want to use a cherry pitter to make short work of prepping them), but frozen sour cherries are available year-round in many supermarkets as well.

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Luxardo-Style Cherries

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Move over maraschino cherries, there's a serious new upgrade in town — and with this recipe, you can save money by making your own instead of buying the pricey ones from the store. Cook a batch when cherries are in season, or any time of year; frozen cherries work well here. They're the perfect garnish for your next Manhattan, a bowl of vanilla ice cream, or a cake.

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Sour Cherry Pie

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Here, sour cherries and almond frangipane are combined to create a rich cherry pie with perfect sweet-tart balance. Sour cherry season is fleeting, so be sure to make this pie while they're around. If you're yearning for an off-season sour cherry pie, feel free to use canned sour cherries.

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Black Rice Salad with Cherries and Plums

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Fresh plums and cherries add pops of juicy sweetness to this hearty summer salad. Black rice gives the dish a dark, moody hue and an extra textural bite. The salad builds to a delicious crescendo with its finishing touch: crunchy, craggy, blue cheese–infused breadcrumbs, which provide a lovely textural reprieve to the chewy rice and fruit.

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Cherry Cordial

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Packed with the sweet flavor of ripe fruit and rounded out with subtle notes of orange, cardamom, and ginger, this cherry cordial has countless uses. Add a splash to a glass of sparkling wine or lemonade, or serve over ice with plenty of tonic water. Brush cherry cordial on layers of chocolate cake before frosting, or drizzle it over crêpes or vanilla ice cream.

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Blue Corn, Cherry, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Featuring a soft interior that has a hint of almond flavor, these fresh cherry–studded cookies are not only colorful but also incredibly delicious.

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Sour Cherry–Cheesecake Trifle with Black Pepper and Saba

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Chef Pichet Ong's riff on a proper British trifle retains the classic form while reinventing the components. Cheesecake stands in for egg custard; pound cake replaces ladyfingers. Rather than sherry, Ong's trifle uses saba, a syrup made from cooking down grape must, which has a flavor similar to balsamic vinegar.

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Sour Cherry Mezcal Margarita

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This fruity spin on a margarita combines smoky mezcal, citrusy Cointreau, and sweet-tart cherry puree in a vibrant red drink perfect for summer sipping. Bright, pleasantly tart sour cherries are in season for a limited window, so this simple roasted puree is an easy way to preserve their flavor. Try it on ice cream or over pancakes, too.

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Dark Cherry Crumble Pie

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Maya-Camille Broussard's shop Justice of the Pies in Chicago is inspired by her father's work as a criminal defense lawyer on the West Side of Chicago. When she was young, she says, he would pull her away from the television and into the kitchen. In addition to turning out delicious pies like this one, Justice of the Pies is focused on community development and inclusion. This pie, which uses fresh, sweet cherries, amaretto, and toasted oats, has no thickeners for a cleaner, more fruit-forward flavor.

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Chilled Sour Cherry Soup with Fennel and Sour Cream

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Traditional Hungarian chilled sour cherry soup is sweet enough to be a dessert. Chef Nicolaus Balla blends fennel into his more savory version and serves the beautiful pink soup as a first course.

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Juniper-Rubbed Roast Duck with Cherry Jus

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Chef Angie Mar models her roast duck on the one her father made every Christmas. After a prolonged salt cure, he'd cold-smoke it so the fat picked up the whiff of sweet smoke. Then he'd slow-roast the bird until it resembled the crisp-skinned, mahogany-hued ducks that hang in the windows in Chinatown. Mar serves hers with a rich sauce of reduced duck broth and tart cherries as a nod to the cherry trees in the Pacific Northwest where she grew up.

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Casarecce with Sausage, Pickled Cherries, and Pistachios

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This creamy pasta from star chef Tom Colicchio comes together in just minutes, though you'll have to make the pickled cherries the night before.

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Chocolate-Cherry Focaccia

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Tart dried cherries play up the fruitiness of dark chocolate and olive oil in this light and airy, sweet, and savory focaccia. Bittersweet chocolate, aromatic rosemary sprigs, and crunchy turbinado sugar balance one another in this bread. For an even more delicious treat, try dipping in a fruity olive oil and cherry balsamic vinegar.

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Black Cherry–Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Homemade chocolate cookies encase store-bought black cherry ice cream for the ultimate ice cream sandwiches.

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Smoked Cherry Bounce

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Smoking juicy, sweet Bing cherries infuses them with a heady, savory aroma. The depth carries into boozy cherry bounce, ready after a three-month rest. Plenty of sugar, a touch of bright lemon juice, and smooth brandy round out this vibrant homemade cordial.

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Cherry Clafoutis

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"In France, there's almond flour in everything — except clafoutis," pastry chef Belinda Leong says about the rustic dessert of fruit baked in batter. Bucking tradition, she includes the flour in her clafoutis to add texture to the custardy interior.

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Prime Rib with Sour Cherry Conserva, Truffle, and Chocolate

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2017 F&W Best New Chef Angie Mar is a master with meat, like this enormous, decadent, and completely fabulous dry-aged beef rib roast. Mar's trick is to take the meat out of the oven for 30 minutes during its overall cooking time, which creates evenly cooked and perfectly juicy meat throughout the roast.

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Cherry and Cream Cheese Kolaches

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For the filling in these kolaches, a quick jam of summer's fresh sweet cherries is dolloped over lemon-scented cream cheese.

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Cherries Poached in Red Wine with Mascarpone Cream

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Thick mascarpone cheese mixed with honey makes a luscious topping for poached cherries. You can serve the dessert either warm or cold. We love it both ways.

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Sour Cherry Tart with Almond Frangipane

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This irresistible tart takes full advantage of the affinity between tangy sour cherries and rich, nutty frangipane. A sprinkle of toasted almonds on top adds a welcome dose of crunch. It's essential to seek out sour cherries for this tart, whether they're fresh, frozen, or jarred. Serve the tart with your choice of unsweetened whipped cream, crème fraîche, or vanilla ice cream — or all by its glorious self.

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Almond Rice Pudding with Sweet Cherry Sauce and Caramel Cream

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Cookbook author Nadine Redzepi's creamy, fluffy rice pudding is good enough on its own, but it's even better with two great sauces: a fruity and tangy sweet cherry sauce, as well as a creamy caramel sauce.

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Sour Cherry–Glazed Ribs

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These finger-licking ribs from F&W culinary director at large Justin Chapple get great flavor from a Sriracha-spiked barbecue sauce.

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Sour Cherry Lambic Sorbet

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"Above all, sorbet should taste — and feel — almost like eating fresh fruit," says ice cream maven Jeni Britton-Bauer. She makes this sorbet with an old-fashioned style of Belgian beer called lambic, which is brewed with wild yeasts.

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Black Forest Mousse Cake with Cherry-Chile-Pomegranate Glaze

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In the hands of pastry chef Renee Bolstad, black forest cake morphs into a modern layered mousse. To add texture and heat, Bolstad sandwiches it between a spicy cherry-pomegranate glaze and crispy chocolate. For the smoothest, silkiest mousse, be careful not to over-whip the cream; just under soft peaks will result in the best final texture.

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Cherry Gazpacho

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This truly delicious gazpacho is inspired by Andalusian chef Dani García, who includes sweet cherries in the mix, then tops the summery soup with shaved goat cheese "snow."

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Pork Chops with Cherry-Miso Mostarda

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Adding a bit of umami-rich miso to cherry mostarda amps up the flavor, making a perfect condiment for juicy pork chops.

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27 Sweet and Sour Cherry Recipes (2024)


What can I do with a lot of cherries? ›

  1. Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake. Vicky Wasik. ...
  2. Cherry Ice Cream. ...
  3. Classic Cherry Clafoutis. ...
  4. Cherry Pit Syrup. ...
  5. Easy Stovetop Cherry Grunt (Stovetop Cobbler) ...
  6. Sweet-Sour Macerated Cherries With Marcona Almonds, Mint, and Ricotta. ...
  7. Cherry and Jicama Salad With Lime and Macadamia Nuts. ...
  8. Peppered Duck Breasts With Cherry-Port Sauce.

What can you do with old cherries? ›

Overripe fruit, if it hasn't lost all of its juice, can still impart some good flavor to a sauce. Chop it into small bits (or whiz it in a blender) and add it to some chicken stock and balsamic vinegar to make a glaze or sauce for meat.

What is the difference between sour cherries and tart cherries? ›

Tart cherries (scientific name Prunus cerasus) are also called sour cherries. They are best known as a key ingredient in desserts; most importantly, the cherry pie. However, tart cherries are also delicious in preserves, main courses, salads, side dishes and beverages.

Are sour cherries high in sugar? ›

According to the literature, the fruit of tart cherry contains 8.0–21.5 g/100 g fresh weight (FW) of sugars, mainly glucose, fructose and sucrose, and from 295.0 to 1742.0 mg/100 g FW of organic acids, mainly malic acid.

What does eating cherries do to your body? ›

There is some evidence to suggest that regularly eating cherries or drinking cherry juice may benefit a person's heart health, boost sleep quality, and lower inflammation. People with specific conditions, such as high blood pressure or gout, may find them especially helpful.

Do cherries detox your body? ›

The presence of water content in cherries helps in flushing out the toxins. In fact, drinking fresh cherry juice will not only keep you hydrated with its water content, but at the same time it will detoxify your body and improve metabolism.

Do cherries last longer in the fridge or out? ›

Keep 'em cold! Cherries will spoil quickly if left out at room temperature, so you should pop them in the refrigerator immediately upon getting home from the grocery store. Once in the fridge, cherries can last for about a week.

Can I freeze cherries straight from the tree? ›

We are often asked – Can you Freeze Cherries – yes you can!

Can I cook down cherries without pitting them? ›

It is not necessary to remove the pits.

Are sour cherries healthier than sweet cherries? ›

Sweet cherries have better anti-inflammatory properties than their tart counterparts. They contain more considerable amounts of anthocyanin phytonutrients, a compound that gives cherries their signature red hue. This compound has been linked to reduced risks for heart disease, plaque formation, and cancer.

Why are sour cherries so expensive? ›

Part of the reason they are often expensive is that they can be labor-intensive since they are usually picked by hand, the cherries don't grow in all areas, the cherry season isn't very long, and simply because they can be sold for a lot of money.

Are sour cherries good baking? ›

I still call them sour cherries. These are our JAM around the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen because these are the cherries you want to bake with. They have less sugar than sweet cherries and that's a good thing because their high acidity brings a bright, vivid flavor while their sugars will concentrate as you cook them.

How many sour cherries should you eat a day? ›

You'll reap cherry benefits regardless of whether you like your stone fruit sweet or sour. Sweet cherries may be more delightful for your tastebuds when you eat them by the handful. Tart cherries are often used in baking. “Aim for one cup of fresh cherries a day or a quarter-cup of dried ones,” suggests Sedlacek.

Are cherries good for your kidneys? ›

Cherries can be included in the diet for all stages of kidney disease. Cherries contain only trace amounts of sodium and are low in phosphorus. Sweet cherries are high in potassium (>200 mg in 3.5 ounces, which is almost one-half cup), while sour cherries are considered a low potassium food (<200 mg in 3.5 ounces).

Can diabetics eat sweet cherries? ›

Cherries are a healthy fruit that people living with diabetes can safely consume as part of a healthy eating plan. Cherries are a low GI fruit, which can help people to regulate their blood sugar levels more effectively. Cherries are also rich in recommended nutrients for diabetes, such as vitamin C and fiber.

Can you freeze fresh raw cherries? ›

The easiest way to freeze cherries is to wash them, blot them dry gently with a paper towel and then arrange them on a cookie sheet. Place them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then take and seal them in zip-loc bags and place them back in the freezer. You can pull them out at any time to eat them.

Can you freeze cherries for later use? ›

Cherries will keep in the freezer for 6 months, or up to a year in a deep freezer. I froze approximately 54 cherries, and that yielded one quart size bag of frozen cherries.

Can you freeze cherries to eat? ›

Freezing fresh cherries for later use keeps the sweet taste of summer around. And it's super easy to do—all you need is a freezer. You can eat them straight out of the freezer for a cooling snack on a sweltering summer day.

How do you preserve fresh cherries? ›

Bring the water and sugar to a boil and stir continuously until sugar dissolves. Gently pour the hot water-sugar mix over the cherries, also leaving a half-inch of room at the top. Seal tightly and store in the fridge. Use within one month.

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