Friday, 29 January 2010

Cherry Burgers

It's not uncommon to add fruit to meat dishes – it's popular in Moroccan cuisine for example and in those of the Far East. In Medieval Britain you would have found fruit and meat in your pies. In the USA cherry burgers have found their way on to school dinner menus and even on to the Oprah Show. Ray Pleva, a butcher in Michigan, has been selling cherry-meat products since February 1988.

Traverse City, Michigan, claims to be the "Cherry Capital of the World", hosting a National Cherry Festival and making the world's largest cherry pie. Cherry trees were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s and were grown in the gardens of French settlers as they established such cities as Detroit, Vincennes, and other Midwestern settlements. The USA is the second largest producer of cherries in the world. Turkey is the first, which is rather appropriate as it's thought that we get the name “cherry” (in French cerise) from the ancient town of Cerasus in Turkey, from which the Romans first exported the cherry to Europe.

North West Cherries, representing cherry growers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana, has a feast of unusual and savoury cherry recipes on their web pages, including this one for Cherry Burgers:

1 lb lean mince beef
1 cup pitted and chopped fresh sweet cherries
¼ cup chopped shallots
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 comment:

dining tables said...

I never had these cherry burgers! I hope I can make some so that I can try it.