BSI – Cherries!

When Jacky chose cherries as the BSI ingredient this week, a quick look through my archives during the past 2 1/2 years of My Bizzy Kitchen – I had not one recipe using cherries!

I have Tony to thank for my first cherry recipe – he suggested I make a cherry salsa.Β  OMG, I love this salsa – although next time I will reduce the amount of jalapeno so the cherries shine a bit more, but I literally could not stop dipping chips into this salsa.

Grilled Cherry Salsa – 4 servings – 1 point per serving

  • 4 tomatoes, divided
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • juice of one lime
  • zest from one lime
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

I did this on my gas grill.Β  Just char three tomatoes, the garlic, jalapeno and cherries – it took me about 15 minutes at a temperature around 350.

Let the cherries cool, then pit the cherries and add all the ingredients to a food processer and puree.

The cherries actually started to carmelize on the grill. πŸ˜€

I can’t wait to make this again using a little less heat, even though I did remove the seeds – and I’ll probably add even more cherries next time. πŸ˜€

But wait, there’s more!Β Β  Tony had another idea for cherries in case we couldn’t find fresh cherries.Β  Have you ever tried dried sour cherries before?Β  They aren’t as sour as I thought they would be.Β  I scored on some really thick bone-in pork chops at the store, so I made a sour cherry port wine sauce to go over the top.

Sour Cherry Port Wine Sauce

  • 4 servings – 4 PointsPlus per serving (a generous 2 tablespoons)


  • 1/2 cup dried sour cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup port wine
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • pinch of salt

Cook the port wine and dried cherries over medium heat for about 10 minutes.Β  Add remaining ingredients, except butter, and stir until thickened – about 5 minutes.Β  Using a stick blender, puree.Β  Remove from heat and add butter and stir until melted.Β  Serve over grilled pork chops.

I’ve never cooked with port wine before – this bottle was only $5! πŸ˜€

Normally Tony doesn’t like fruit with meat, but he loved this – and I did too.Β  It had a nice savory balance, not overly sweet and as I was eating it, I thought that just a touch of chipotle peppers would be a nice addition to kick it up a notch. πŸ˜€

Thanks for hosting BSI this week Jacky.Β  Check out Jacky’s submission – dark chocolate cherry saffron scones – they look amazing!

Hope everyone is having a nice Mother’s Day – Tony made me spicy eggs and fruit for breakfast – Hannah got me a new saute pan, a couple workout shirts, a magnetic grocery list, some paring knives for my new office, and some cool pens – I told her she couldn’t spend more than $20 bucks and I think she did great!

Enjoy your Sunday!Β  Hannah and I are planning to take a walk, then head to my Mom’s house for dinner – her kitchen just got overhauled and this is the first dinner in the new kitchen. πŸ˜€


16 thoughts on “BSI – Cherries!

  1. Hannah got all that for $20? Wow – I thought I was a good shopper – she’s amazing! Glad you are having a good Mother’s Day – hope it continues. πŸ™‚

    BTW, I never would have thought of making a cherry salsa, but now? I want to try it!

  2. Love the idea of cherries in salsa! Thanks for the reminder, I just got a recipe into her!

  3. Wow…cherry salsa sounds awesome! I love sweet and spicy together. I discovered my love for grilled cherries last year when I grilled Rainier Cherries and Hallumi cheese together. Yummy!!! Cherries have got to be my most favorite fruit in the world. I can’t wait for them to be in season again!

    Happy Mother’s Day, Biz! And great job shopping, Hannah!

  4. Awesome idea on the salsa, Tony! I actually have had a similar one with cranberries instead of cherries – people LOVED it!

  5. See you later Biz – the salsa turned out great. I too looked back in my archives and didn’t have any recipes either with cherries!

  6. What a great use of cherries! I totally would never have thought to put them in a salsa. Great job πŸ™‚ And sounds like you are having a fantastic Mother’s day- I hope the rest is just perfect.

  7. That salsa is a great idea, and your beautiful pictures take it all the way home. I love love to char things almost as much as I love to process things!

  8. Happy Mother’s Day Biz!

    I LOVE cherries. They’re one of my favorite fruits – I actually like rainier cherries best. πŸ™‚

  9. Happy Mother’s Day Biz! I hope you have a fabulous day! Sounds like Hannah did great! I got my mom a sign that says “Thank God for Beer”. Bahahahaha!

  10. I love cherries and both of these recipes sound fabulous! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  11. I will be trying the cherry salsa. That look awesome. Haven’t seen cherries yet up here but when it happens I will be giving this a shot. Thanks for sharing.
    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Bizz. Take care and God Bless!!

  12. Cherries in salsa!?! That sounds amazing!
    I love adding in fruit to salsa so I am sure this would be a great addition as well.

  13. Yum yum. These look great. Happy Mother’s Day!

  14. That cherry salsa looks so incredibly good!!!!!

  15. I love that you’d never made anything with cherries on the blog and this is what you started with. So inventive and creative.

  16. I made this salsa early this morning for our BBQ. Can’t wait to dip into it!

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