Hello my sweet darlin’s!
Basically my life the last week has looked a little like this:
Study for finals, work, study more for finals, work, write final essays, work, stay up all night studying for finals, take finals, fly to LA for best friends graduation, drink a lot of liquor in celebration, SLEEP.
Yesterday was the first day I actually felt somewhat rested. It’s been great.
Now that I am at my parents house for a week I have time to try some new recipes. When I made dinner last night though, we had yet to go shopping and my folks got into town the same day as me, so ingredients for dinner were slim pickin’s.
There were a couple items that caught my eye: roasted turkey, sourdough bread, onions, and fresh cherries. I could work with that.
A roasted turkey sandwich with rosemary cherry compote and crispy onions. Yea, that sounds tasty.
Lucky for me, the turkey was already roasted, the bread was already baked, and we will get to those crispy onions a little later. Right now, I’m gonna show you how to make some seriously phenomenal cherry compote.
Recipe adapted from YumSugar
What you’ll need:
2 cups rinsed, stemmed and pitted cherries
2 1/2 Tbs. Sugar
1 tsp. Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Tbs. Water
What to do with it:
1. Place cherries, sugar, rosemary, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil
2. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and allow to simmer until cherries are nice and soft and the sauce has thickened. It will take 15-17 minutes. (I helped it along by taking the back of a wooden spoon and slightly mashing the cherries against the side of the pan)
3. Once they are at the consistency you prefer, take them off the heat, add the balsamic and allow to cool
4. Serve hot or cold
I would liken this compote to the summer version of cranberry sauce, its a little tart, not too sweet and goes great smothered on turkey. Which is exactly what I did.
Sourdough loaf, cut into hearty slices
Spiced Crispy Onions
I think sandwich assembly is pretty easy, but here’s what I did
Slather one piece of bread with cream cheese, and the other with Dijon
Layer about 3 slices of roasted turkey on one side – you can do more, but my bread was on the small side
Spoon a generous heaping of cherries on top of the turkey, take the wooden spoon and get the sauce in crevices of the turkey layers
Take a big ol’ handful of the crispy onions and place that on top and cover with the other piece of bread
This sandwich was so divine. It pretty much felt like a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich…and who says I have to wait for November to get on that?!
Nobody, that’s who.
So go ahead, indulge and enjoy in this delightful slice of heaven.
Btw, my parents have an entire hillside of rosemary growing wild in their backyard.
Any ideas for what to do with some of it?