When life gives you cherries, hold the pits and make Sautéed Cherry and Basil Toast. This Toast Tuesday we’re sharing a fruitful recipe with the vibrant flavor of sweet cherries, tangy farmer cheese, and earthy basil. Cherries have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and vitamin C; thyme has vitamins C and A, and farmer cheese has 13 grams of protein per serving with 12 live and active probiotic cultures. All of these ingredients may help support a balanced gut microbiome and strong immune system.
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- 1 cup cherries, pitted
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water
Rest of Ingredients
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- choice of toasted bread
- kosher salt
- honey drizzle, garnish
- lime zest, garnish
- basil leaves, thinly julienned
- Sautéed Cherries: Wash and pit the cherries and then add them to a medium saucepan with the maple syrup, and cornstarch (mix with water before adding) and heat over medium heat for about 15 minutes stirring frequently until the cherries become soft and reduced.
- Directions: Top toasted bread with a generous slather of Farmer Cheese. Spoon cherry mixture over the cheese and garnish like basil, lime zest, and honey.