Next time you serve a cheese or charcuterie board, swap the olive jar for a dish of these ruby cherries. Their piquant flavor comes from steeping in a brine of cider vinegar, cloves, cinnamon and orange peel. (The flavor intensifies over time; we like them best when they steep 3 to 5 days.)

Source: Midwest Living


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Instructions Checklist
  • With a sharp fork, wooden skewer or toothpick, poke cherries several times (so brine can penetrate skin). Place in a quart jar.

  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove two 4-inch-long strips of zest about 1-inch wide from the orange. Juice the orange (you should have 1/4 to 1/3 cup juice). In a small saucepan, combine juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes until reduced by about half. Stir in orange zest. Let brine cool for 5 minutes and pour over cherries. Let jar cool to room temperature.

  • Cover jar tightly and turn several times to blend mixture. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before using. Will keep in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

24 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 36 mg sodium. 66 mg potassium; 6 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 0 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 20 IU vitamin a; 2 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 1 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 5 mg calcium; 0 mg iron;