01 July 2012

roasted cherries + black pepper + goat cheese

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It's hard to believe that this is what I was doing right before the big storm hit us on Friday.  Here I was, sitting on the patio on a breezy summer night, catching up with my best friend on the phone and eating these dressed up appetizers all by my lonesome.  I had the day off and I was damned if I didn't enjoy it:  a lengthy catch up with a pal and some goat cheese would surely do the trick.  Little did I know that when our call was dropped, it was just the beginning of my media and power-less weekend off of work.

I blamed a run-out on her international calling card, or maybe a dying iphone, but in fact it was a ten minute storm that blew out the power for a few million of us over here in the mid-atlantic.  In 105 degree heat.  In the nation's capital.  When I had JUST went grocery shopping.  Oh, the odds.

I'm just glad I went out of power in style and with a full belly of roasted cherries.  These were so impeccably delicious, I will keep them in my hostess arsenal forever.  I can't wait to share them with other people and eat them over and over again.

I tossed about two pounds of stemmed cherries in olive oil and a sprinkling of black pepper.  I roasted them in a 400 degree oven for about half an hour, tossing them a few times along the way.  When they were nice and wilty, I took them out and smashed them a bit with a spatula.

You can go through and remove the pits, but since it was just me, I left them.  I would do the work if I were serving them to others.  No one wants to be the guest who is looking around for the right place to spit out their cherry pit.  Make sure you wait until after you roast them, though.  I think keeping them intact helps keep the cherries juicy.

I spread them on slices of a whole wheat baguette with generous amounts of goat cheese.  Everything is better on goat cheese.  Everything.  Don't forget that, ever.


  1. These look simple, delicious, and beautiful! I should really hope to make them soon. :)

  2. these look & sound fab!!!! I'll give them a try soon....hope you're getting along OK out there & that you get your power back soon :-)

  3. Yum. This looks so good! I don't think I've ever roasted cherries before. You're a genius.

    Sorry about the storm and losing power! That's crazy!

  4. Yeah, I can't believe I didn't do this earlier! Seriously amAAAAzing.

  5. These are incredible! So so love it!

  6. Wow, this is not a combination I've ever heard of before - I bet it works really well! The pictures are so mouthwatering.

  7. I could eat this morning, noon and night. I bet it would almost be dessert-like, too, if you swapped the goat cheese for mascarpone. Mmmm! ;)

  8. Ooooh!!!! Carolyn- I think you're on to something!

  9. Julia -
    First of all, I am sorry I never had the chance to meet you, and second, .....I just tried this roasted cherry recipe, and LOVED IT ! I am NOT a cook, and have only about 5 things that I can do well for events that require bringing something......... now I have 6! Thank you, and say hi to Brian. We miss him at the Durham Crate !

  10. Tried this today and it is wonderful!

  11. Laurie- I wish we could have met, too! I showed Brian your comment and he got a little homesick :). Glad you like the cherries. They are SOOOOO GOOOOD.

  12. Renee- Glad you tried 'em and love them as much as I do!

  13. These are irresistible! I know how roasting can really elevate fruits and veggies in terms of flavor. Can't wait to try. You have awesome pictures!
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