As part of our ongoing series focused on recipes using many of the Michigan-made retail products for sale in our lobby, this week, we’ve set our sights on American Spoon’s Dried Tart Cherries. After all, what would Michigan be without them? A great on-the-go snack or trail mix addition, you can use these little red gems in just about anything. If trail mix is as far as you’ve ventured to incorporate cherries into your meals, no worries this post is packed with tasty ideas for any time of day.
Grab a jar of American Spoon’s Sour Cherry Preserves, a package of Dried Tart Cherries, some chopped nuts and a wheel of Brie for a tangy appetizer. An instant crowd-pleaser for sure.
Serve up some homemade meatballs just like Grandma used to make, but put your own spin on the classic appetizer with some Dried Tart Cherries and a jar of American Spoon’s Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce. The cherries add just the right amount of tartness and zing!
Slowly braised in Pinot Noir, the cherry notes in the wine pair amazingly with the dried cherries, which plump up with the braising liquid to become little pouches of flavor! You’ve got to try it. Not to mention the mouth-watering smell that permeates your kitchen soon as this dish starts to simmer.
Summer is (almost) here and that means grilling can become a normal part of your meal routine again. Shake up your favorite burger recipe by trying cherry burgers instead. In this healthy burger recipe, dried cherries are mixed into the ground beef to reduce fat and increase antioxidants. Healthy and tasty – it’s a win-win.
Using American Spoon Apple Butter, Dried Cherries, and Maple Cream for drizzling, these cookies are a great anytime snack. Breakfast, mid-morning pick-me-up, or after school snack – they will win the heart and taste buds of your family members upon first bite.
Dried Cherry Cake
A wonderful cake to enjoy alongside your favorite cup of coffee, combine cherries, hot water, and almond extract for 20 minutes to reconstitute the cherries and create a delightful dessert. Easy to make and easy to bake, this recipe is a no-brainer.
Celebrate the coming of summer with a smart cherry pie. Try incorporating these Dried Tart Cherries to put a twist on the traditional dessert, and use a store-bought crust to make it super easy. (Nobody will know!)
Swing into Schuler’s retail store to grab a bag or two of these Michigan treats, and get to cooking! Share your photos online (Facebook or Instagram @schulersrestaurant), and let us know how the dishes turned out. We can’t wait to hear from you.