Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa

It’s fresh cherry season and time to take advantage of them while they are abundant in the market. Normally with fresh cherries I would make a clafouti, a baked French dessert of cherries baked in a thick flan-like batter and dusted with powdered sugar. But I was feeling more adventuresome and settled on a spicy fresh cherry salsa served alongside roasted pork.

The recipe calls for two cups of pitted cherries. In the past I would have used my little handheld cherry pitter and after a while, my hand would start to ache. Thanks to a gift from brother-in-law Stuart, I went through pitting two cups of cherries in record speed. He gave us this handy dandy cherry pitter from Sur la Table and believe it or not, it pits four cherries at a time with one simple motion. The tray reverses to accommodate small and large cherries and also works well as an olive pitter. And it can be washed in the dishwasher. What more could you want from a gadget. Thanks Stu. Your cherry pitter turned a chore into a breeze.

Photo - Sur la Table
I used a combination of fresh nectarines and peaches, but you could use either one you like. It would also be good with a mango if nectarines or peaches aren’t available. No need to waste the left-over pepper jelly. It’s the star of the show in an old Southern appetizer of slices of a toasted French baguette smeared with a little cream cheese or goat cheese topped with a dollop of the red pepper jelly.

This salsa is on the spicy side and if you are shy when it comes to heat, I would suggest you go light on the crushed red pepper flakes. Taste the salsa first and add more pepper flakes to taste. Southern Living served this salsa with griddle cakes, recipe here, which would make a nice breakfast. I chose roasted pork tenderloin, but it would also be delicious with grilled pork or chicken.



Spicy Fresh Cherry Salsa
Adapted from Southern Living – makes 2 ½ cups
Printable Recipe

½ cup red pepper jelly
1 tablespoon lime zest
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper, or to taste
2 cups pitted, coarsely chopped fresh cherries
¾ cup diced fresh nectarines and peaches, or all nectarines or all peaches
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped scallions, green parts, or chopped chives

Whisk together red pepper jelly, lime zest, lime juice and dried crushed red peppers in a small bowl. Stir in cherries, nectarines, peaches, cilantro and scallions or chives.



Don’t forget that the Google Reader is being retired at the end of this month and you’ll want to transfer the blogs you follow to another service. Both Feedly and Bloglovin’ can easily transfer the blogs you follow from the Reader and new blogs are very easy to add. I am currently using both to see which one I like the best. One of the features I like is that you can put the blogs into categories, such as Food, Fashion, Decorating, Lifestyle, whatever you want. Both have similar layouts to the Google Reader. The end of June is just around the corner, so keep that in mind and don’t wait until the last minute to make the change.



This will be shared with Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farms, Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday at Simple Recipes, Seasonal Sunday at the Tablescaper, and On the Menu Monday at Stone Gable.

Have a great weekend everyone and happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there.


35 comments:

  1. The salsa looks beautifully delicious on the plate. So far, we've just been eating cherries in their plain goodness but I can see this appearing on our plates before the season is past.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. I bet that was so good..And how neat is that pitter?
    What a thoughtful gift..:)

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  3. Fresh and scrumptious! This salsa is so original.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. It is almost cherry season and I would love to have one of those cherry pitters from Sur la Table. I would also love to try this cherry salsa Sam. It sounds fresh and delicious!!

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  5. Good Morning Sam, We have to wait a little while before cherry season arrives here in England, but when they arrive I am certainly going to enjoy making myself this cherry salsa. It looks so colourful on the plate.
    I love the idea of the Sur la Table cherry pitter and I have added it to my Wishlist, there is nothing so tedious as trying to remove the cherry stones by hand.
    Thank you for another lovely recipe.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  6. Looks like an amazing dinner! I love having a cherry pitter, you're right, it's so easy and makes me want to buy even more cherries!

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  7. That looks wonderful Sam! I am adding this to my list of must make recipes! Thanks!

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  8. I love this Sam. Will give it a try when we get back. We leave for France tomorrow!

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  9. Cherry salsa, what a wonderful way to broaden the cherry recipe horizon, thank you! :-)

    I splurged on cherry strudel today and when I look out through one of my windows, I spy a very tall cherry tree, heavy with fruit. A few more sunny days!

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  10. very delicious salsa...love it...

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  11. As always your photos are amazing, the food looks so good, and colorful. Thanks for the info on the google reader...I've been away from blogging for so long I need to catch up. I might message you for some help...Lyndsey

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  12. Looks and sounds so good, Sam.

    I follow your blog via e-mail. That is my favorite.

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  13. I love everything about this beautiful post. Thanks.

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  14. I have never had a cherry salsa!!! This looks really scrumptious, Sam.

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  15. Love your cherry pitter and your salsa gorgeous and so seasonal. I just bought some cherries but they will be eaten by the evening.

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  16. What a fantastic looking dish you created....although I know I probably say that every time I visit your blog. :)

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  17. Your salsa is absolutely gorgeous Sam! I know I'd love this and wish I had some in front of me now:@)

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  18. Delicious Sam.... I will try this...as soon as I get a cherry pitter! I need one of those for sure... xv

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  19. Beautiful recipe. I bought one of those hand held cherry pitters last year. I did see the one that holds multiple cherries. I've not used mine enough yet to know if my hand aches. Anyway, this recipe sounds perfect for pork. Must give this one a try.

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  20. This looks delicious, Sam. I like adding the nectarines. What a nice combination.

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  21. I think it's great with meat!

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  22. What a lovely recipe - I really love the flavors and ingredients you use - delicious
    mary x

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  23. Delicious looking plate Sam - the salsa sounds delicious and the pork looks perfect. Love the multi-fruit pitter - nothing like having the work cut to 1/4.

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  24. Sam, your food is always filled with such beautiful color! This recipe looks so delicious and I love cherry season too. I think I need that cherry pitter!

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  25. looks delicious & mouthwatering!

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  26. I'm going to have to get a cherry pitter. Talk about tired fingers. And I wear gloves to boot.
    Can't wait to make the cherry salsa....the simple strawberry one I made a while back made me swoon. This one looks even better!

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  27. This looks so good and what a neat gadget ;-)

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  28. I love all of your fruit salsas, Sam, but as I am a cherry lover this one is particularly spectacular. As is that cool pitter! Happy you! I really need to start making your salsas this summer - perfect for simple grilled and roasted meats!

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  29. Hello, blog hopping and found your beautiful blog.

    Yummy dish...!

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  30. This sounds really delicious. I always think of cherries as sweet, but this looks like a wonderful take on a savory dish.

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  31. I've never seen a cherry salsa. It sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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  32. There's just something special about fresh picked green beans in the summer and to add cherries to your salsa is brilliant Sam!

    xoxo
    Roz

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  33. Hi Sam,
    What great flavors for this Salsa, I can almost taste it.

    Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a fabulous week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  34. Dear Sam, This sounds wonderful. I love sweet and spicy.
    It looks delish! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  35. That is a perfect summer relish for pork and just loaded with color!

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