tart cherries

Cherry Basil Orzo Pasta


PREP TIME: 8 to 10 mins | COOK TIME: 8 to 10 mins


  • 1 cup frozen Montmorency tart cherries

  • 1/2 cup dried dates, pitted and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced

  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta

  • 4 ounces feta cheese

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chiffonade

  • Salt to taste


Makes 6 to 8 bowls of pasta


  1. Mix together Montmorency tart cherries, dates and garlic in a small sauce pan on low; heat until dates are rehydrated.

  2. Meanwhile, boil orzo pasta in salted water for 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Drain pasta, stir in tart cherry mixture and feta cheese.

  4. Season with salt and garnish with fresh basil.

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Cherry Glazed Chicken


PREP TIME: 10 mins | COOK TIME: 45 to 50 mins


  • 1 16-ounce can Montmorency tart cherries, unsweetened

  • 1 broiler-fryer chicken, cut up

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper, to taste (used 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper)

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard


Makes 6 servings


  1. Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Pour milk into a shallow container.

  2. Combine flour, thyme, salt and pepper. Dip chicken first in milk, then in flour mixture; coat evenly.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken; brown on all sides.

  4. Put chicken in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Bake covered with aluminum foil, in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, drain Montmorency tart cherries, reserving 1/2-cup of Montmorency tart cherry juice. Combine Montmorency tart cherry juice, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a small saucepan; mix well.

  6. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Add mustard; mix well. Cook 5 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in Montmorency tart cherries.

  7. After chicken has cooked 30 minutes, remove from oven and uncover. Spoon hot tart cherry mixture over chicken.

  8. Bake, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Serve immediately.

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Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce


PREP TIME: 5 mins | COOK TIME: 15 mins


  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries

  • 2 boneless pork loin chops, about 1-inch thick

  • Salt and black pepper, freshly ground, to taste (used 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped

  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • Dried red pepper flakes, to taste (used 1/8 teaspoon pepper)


Makes 2 entreés


  1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet on high heat. Add pork chops; brown well, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to plate.

  3. Add onions to skillet; cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, dried Montmorency tart cherries, orange marmalade, vinegar and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; boil rapidly on medium heat until broth is reduced by half. Reduce heat.

  4. Add pork chops to pan to heat through, 5 to 6 minutes. (Cook pork chops longer on lower heat if pork chops are very thick or have a bone in them.) Internal temperature of the pork should be about 160 degrees F.

  5. Add chicken broth or water, if needed.

  6. Serve pork chops with cherry sauce spooned over them.

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Wholesome Granola Bars


PREP TIME: 15 to 20 mins | COOK TIME: 20 to 25 mins


  • 3/4 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries

  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat granola (store-bought)

  • 1 cup quick oats, uncooked

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Makes 8 to 10 granola bars


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line bottom and sides of an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan with foil. Spray the foil lightly with nonstick spray. Set aside.

  3. Combine dried Montmorency tart cherries, granola, oats, flour, almonds and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

  4. Stir together egg whites, honey, brown sugar and oil. Add to granola mixture, stirring until all is coated. Press mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bars are light brown.

  6. Let cool completely (about 10 minutes) on a wire rack. Use foil to remove from pan. Cut into bars.

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Cherry Cacao Nib Snack Bars


PREP TIME: 45 mins | TOTAL TIME: 45 mins


  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds

  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries, divided

  • 12 Medjool dates

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons cacao nibs


  1. Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor and process until fully chopped.

  2. Add ½ cup dried cherries, 12 Medjool dates, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 pinch kosher salt. Process until smooth. Add the remaining ¼ cup cherries and cacao nibs and gently pulse a few times to incorporate.

  3. Turn out the mixture onto a baking sheet and press it into a flat layer of the desired thickness. Roll a rolling pin over the top to smooth it to a uniform thickness. Place the baking sheet in the freezer or refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden, then slice into bars of the desired size. Store in a sealed container in the pantry or refrigerator.

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Recipe courtesy of Sonja Overhiser, ACoupleCooks.com

Cherry-N-Cream Frozen Pops

Opt for a cherry pop for a refreshing warm-weather treat. 



  • (1) 8-ounce container low fat vanilla-flavored yogurt 

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped, frozen tart cherries 

  • 1/4 cup 100% tart cherry juice 

  • 1 tablespoon honey 

  • (6) 2-ounce frozen pop molds with handles


Makes 5 to 6 frozen pops.


  1. Stir together yogurt, cherries, juice and honey in small bowl. For easier chopping, chop cherries while still frozen. 

  2. Spoon yogurt mixture into 2-ounce freezer pop molds and insert handles. (If using paper cups, spoon mixture into cups and cover each with foil. 

  3. Cut a small hole in center of each foil top and insert a pop stick.) Freeze about 6 hours or until firm. 

Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 76 calories, 1 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 15 g carbohydrate, 4 mg cholesterol, 2 g protein, 0 g fiber, 31 mg sodium; Daily Values: 6% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 8% calcium, 0% iron.

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