Saturday, July 14, 2007

Firecracker Salsa, from the Cherry Marketing Institute :

I was amazed to find out that 75% of the cherries sold in the US are raised in Northern Michigan (Lower Peninsula), around the Traverse City area.

1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup cherry preserves
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 chopped yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped jalapeno pepper, or to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon lime or lemon juice

Combine dried cherries, cherry preserves, and vinegar in a small microwave-safe bowl; mix well. Microwave on high (100% power) 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until hot. Let stand 5 minutes.

Stir in red onion, yellow bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, and lime juice. Refrigerate, covered, 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Serve with grilled swordfish or tuna. It's also excellent as a topping for hamburgers. (makes about 1 1/2 cups)

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