A Spirited Redux. From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?
Red wine was my spirit of choice and I knew I wanted to create a reduction to be used on a salad instead of dressing. At first I had way too many ingredients and was making it more complicated than it needed to be. The basic reduction recipe was simple to come up with and the tweaking to find just the right amounts took only a few tries. In the end, simple was best. The few ingredients in the reduction were complimentary without any single ingredient overwhelming the flavor of the dish.
My obsession with cherries continues. Slightly tart combined with the fresh sweet flavor makes cherries the perfect accompaniment with red wine.
A simple reduction combining the bold wine flavor with the tart sweet cherries make this the perfect complement to rich salmon fillets. Gluten Free - Lunch - Dinner
- 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
- 1/4 cup red wine (I used Malbec)
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
- 4 cups Spring Mix
- small handful of red onion, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces grilled salmon fillets
- 2 tablespoons feta
- extra virgin olive oil
- In a small sauce pan add cherries and spritz with extra virgin olive oil and let cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the wine and sugar and bring to a low boil and let reduce for 5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. The cherries should be cooked but not too soft.
- While the reduction is simmering, grill salmon fillets for approximately 12-13 minutes.
- After the reduction has simmered add pepper.
- Divide the following on 2 plates to serve, spring mix, top with salmon fillets, feta, red onion slices and reduction including the cherries.
The combination of wonderful textures and the variety of complimentary flavors makes this a dish to savor.
If you’re looking for more wonderful ways to enjoy cherries other than right out of the bag, try my Fruit and Yogurt Snack with a Protein Boost.
What’s your favorite spirited recipe? Do you prefer red or white wine?
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