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7.18.2012

Fried Cherry Cheesecake Bites


Is there anything better than ripe seasonal cherries? This time of year my favorite snack is a handful of sweet black cherries.Though I love to snack on them, I rarely cook/bake with them.

Reason why you ask?

I hate pitting them.

I make such a mess of my hands, walls, counters, floors. Anything in close range of me while pitting gets splattered with bright red juice. Cherry stains generally do not come out! When I was contacted by OXO to try out their new cherry pitter.

Heck yes I'll try it out and cross my fingers I don't make a huge mess when making cherry pies. Do you know how long it takes to pit 4-6 cups of cherries for a pie?  A lifetime I tell ya.

With my new pitter it's easy peasy! I set my 5 yr old to work when we made a pie over the weekend. The new OXO Cherry Pitter is so easy to use even a kindergartner can use it!

Yes... he pits cherries shirtless!
The pitter is so fast and easy. It pops the stems/pit right out and even has that nifty shield to protect us from that dreaded red juicy splash back!

In addition to sending me the pitter, I also received a new ice cream scoop! Seriously, I didn't own one. Who doesn't own an ice cream scooper?? I use my 1 tbs cookie scoop most of the time haha.... the kids love little balls of ice cream.

OXO is also hosting a Cherry Recipe Contest in the month of July. A panel of OXOanians will be choosing 3 winners. 1st place $500 worth of OXO loot, 2nd $350 worth, and 3rd 200$ worth of tools.

Recipes will be judged on presentation, creativity, and taste.

Now I could enter my Cherry Pie... it's good. Really really good. But how many people do you think will do a cherry pie? Probably a bunch. I want to think outside the box.....

What to make, what to make....

I set out with a huge bowl of freshly pitted black cherries the other morning with no directions.... I grabbed a half a package of cream cheese, some sugar, and some graham crackers. (I desperately needed to go grocery shopping. I kinda felt like I was giving myself a chopped challenge! What kind of dessert can I whip up with hardly any ingredients??

So the cherries after being pitted have this perfect hollow cavity. So lets stuff them with sweetened cream cheese. Kinda like a cheesecake? Cherry cheesecake after all is a traditional go to cherry recipe right?

Ok. Cherries are filled with cheesecake. Now what?

I still had some grahams, so lets make them into crumbs.

Done.

Wow these look like bread crumbs....

AHA. We are going to "bread" these babies and fry them!

Utter genius.

Utter freaking genius!

I'm still patting myself on the back for this one.

I was nervous because I had no idea what I was in for when I dropped these cherries covered in sugary cookie crumbs into oil.

As most of you know I'm deathly afraid of hot oil. (You'd probably never know with the fried recipes I have been banging out this summer.... but I'm afraid. Super afraid!)

First cherry... kinda exploded. So what did I learn?

Don't fry them so long. When the cherry cooks for too long it starts to crack and then the cheese falls out and the graham crumbs fall off.

Okie dokie lets try this again. 20 seconds in hot oil should be enough.



Perfection!

They are best eaten hot before the juices start to sog down the crumbs. But you have a good hour before that happens. Even if it does... it still tastes great. Just not as crispy.



Fried Cherry Cheesecake Bites

Ingredients:

24 pitted cherries (using your trusty OXO cherry pitter)

FOR YOUR FILLING:
4 oz room temp cream cheese
3 tbs of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

FOR YOUR COATING
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup of buttermilk

Oil for frying

Directions:

-Heat your oil to 375.

-In the mean time   mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Place into a piping bag fitted with a small tip. Fill each cherry with your cream cheese mixture.

-In a shallow pan/bowl mix crumbs and salt together.

-Add butter milk to a separate bowl

-Roll cherries into graham crumbs, then into the buttermilk, then repeat process. I did it 3 times to give each cherry a nice coating that stuck well.

-Place no more than 3 cherries at a time into your hot oil for 20-30 seconds.  Remove from oil with a slotted spoon or basket. Place onto a paper towel to "drain" the grease.

Enjoy your bites hot!


**UPDATE!! This recipe WON the OXO Cherry Recipe Contest! Thank you OXO, I greatly enjoyed my $500 OXO spending spree.**

Want to learn more about OXO's Blogger Outreach Program? Click HERE.


(Disclaimer, OXO provided me with the pitter. I have received no monetary compensation to write this post. My recipe is entered in the OXO Cherry Recipe Contest. All opinions are my own)







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35 comments:

  1. I love my OXO cherry pitter! Their products are so sturdy and effective. These look to die for.

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    1. Thanks! I know I love this little tool. I use to pit mine with a paper clip... this is much more effective!

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  2. This is great Carrie! I need a cherry pitter, badly!

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    1. Thanks! Oh you should get one! Makes life so much easier.

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  3. I'm completely in love with this, going to pin it immediately. AND my pitter needs an upgrade, I still have one of those un-splatter-gaured ones that makes my kitchen look like an episode of Dexter.

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    1. Hahaha Yes! A pitter without a shield is totally Dexter.

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  4. These look fabulous! I have that cherry pitter...I need to put it to work and make these!

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    1. Thank Averie! Put that baby to work. It makes cherry anything so much more enjoyable when there is no mess!

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  5. What a great idea! These sound wonderful!

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  6. Holy cow...these look seriously amazing! I don't cook with cherries either because I have never had a pitter...I need to find this one!

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    1. You need to get one! They make cherries so easy!

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    2. Cheapest cherry picker is a straw...put stem in straw and push it through..

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  7. Wow, what a great recipe Carrie! I looked all over kingdom come for a pitter and couldn't find one. I ended up using a straw. Which equaled red everywhere. LOL

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  8. I hate pitting cherries too...but it's definitely worth it for these bites!

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  9. Okay, I know I am behind on leaving you comments, I hope you still love me, LOL! I caught up on pinning your posts though, BONUS!!! Seriously, you had me cherry....no really you had me at fried but don't tell anyone:-) This is fantastic, and I must make some:-) Hugs, Terra

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    1. Terra I feel like there is never any catching up! I can't seem to stay on top of my comments or pins these days either!!

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  10. Pitting cherries is why I have avoided using them for so long...I love that new tool!!! I see fresh cherries in my future again instead of the jared ones:-) I love love LOVE that you filled the cherry with cheesecake...that was love at first sight. Then you deep fried them? Girl I love you!! This is pure genius at its best!!!

    I just signed up for the program, so my fingers are crossed to maybe try new fun stuff on the blog!!!

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    1. Yay! You will love it their stuff is awesome. Now I'm crossing my fingers I win the recipe contest!

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  11. OK…these look amazing!! What a brilliant idea. I'd be double happy if I could just order them to be delivered?…:)
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aloha Monica!! I'm wondering how well they'd do if I shipped to Hawaii?

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  12. Wow, these looks so good! I definitely need to get a cherry pitter; it totally beats pitting cherries using my paper clip method! ;)

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    1. uuuuhhhgg I did the paper clip method as well! What a mess!

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  13. Carrie, these look so darn tantalizing! I can practically taste them and feel the texture - and yet it's so frustrating that I can't! I also have a cherry pitter very similar to the one here (although I think mine is a cheapie version)... I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks for creating such amazing food…

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  14. These are the ultimate in decadence! Clever and deliciously tasty creation!

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  15. Congrats on FIRST PLACE! This recipe looks like a big winner!

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  16. This looks like a perfect easy to do dessert that everyone would love. Cherry cheesecake in a bite size. Brilliant! I am definitely going to give these a try as soon as I get the ingredients together. It is making my mouth water just looking at the pictures. Of course, I am nine months pregnant with a major sweet tooth craving all the time. I love your posts and your ideas you come up with.

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  17. I absolutely love this idea. Cherry cheesecake in a bite size dessert. Brilliant. I am definitely going to try these as soon as I get all the ingredients together. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. Of course I am nine months pregnant with a major sweet tooth craving all the time. I love your posts

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  18. I just found you a couple of days ago and then saw this post on my FB page... These look like pure evilness... and I so want to be evil!!! by the way what is with the background on the picture of the pitter?lol!!!

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    1. It's my son pitting, that's his belly. He's 5 it was the middle of the summer....

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