Some people are very particular about using fruit in savory dishes.
For example, my friend Sarah loves salads with strawberries. Me? I prefer my strawberries chocolate-dipped or in a smoothie, personally, but I totally get her.
Spiralizing has really opened up my eyes to eating fruits with savory foods. I actually have a couple recipes in my cookbook (out March 2015!!!) that incorporate fruit noodles into main courses and salads.
Cherries are in a league of their own – they’re the heartiest of the fruits, but so small. I find that every bite into a cherry is a satisfyingly tart forkful.
The tartness in the cherries make for a delicious sauce when reduced with wine and a little salty chicken broth. Then, spoon it over sweet butternut squash noodles and bone-in pork chops and you pretty much have an insanely impressive dish, that really doesn’t take much time to make.
If you live in the NYC/NJ area, I really recommend FreshDirect‘s bone-in pork chops. While I love to go straight to the butcher for meats, I was pressed for time (it’s been so busy lately!) and did a clickity doo-da over at FreshDirect and then was so impressed at the beauty of their pork chops, as documented in this Instagram picture.
Actually, I accidentally clicked 6-8am delivery time slot instead of 10am-12pm and I woke up in a panic when my phone started ringing and immediately thought the world was ending, because, you know, why would anyone call me at 6:30am unless it was my mom, calling to tell me something important/terrible?
Anyway, I should have saved this dish for Valentine’s Day blog posting, because it’s very man-friendly and very beautiful (and, well, has red in it- like the color of LOVE.)
If you’re throwing an intimate holiday party or just making a holiday dinner for your boo/bae this would work famously.
Also, happy first day of Hanukkah! I have a celebratory spiralized potato kugel coming your way this next week.
What are your favorite meals to make with cherries?