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cherry-tree.JPGKetchup is a simple sauce made of fruit, sugar, vinegar, and spices. But the fruit does not have to be tomatoes. Pick cherries to make a delicious ketchup! My favorite ketchup is made with cherries, specifically the tart Montmorency cherries. This year (unlike the last two years) is a fabulous year for cherries. Here is a delicious recipe to use the bumper cherry crop. Use the sauce on chicken, pork, beef, lamb, and, of course, French fries.

Cherry Ketchup

  • 6 cups pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground cardamon seeds

Combine the cherries, sugar, vinegar, salt, garlic, ginger, and cardamon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour. Puree (using an immersion blender or food processor) until very smooth. Continue to cook the mixture until thick and jammy, about 20 more minutes.