Honey Roasted Cherries and Cheese Toast

Michigan is the leading producer of tart cherries in the United States. Support your fellow Michiganders and use cherries for this delicious breakfast or snack!

Michigan produces 75 percent of the United States’ tart cherries, the leading producer in the nation. Cherries are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and they reduce inflammation, belly fat, lower the risk of stroke and diabetes and help improve memory. The delicious twist of honey and lemon on a classic spread makes this toast irresistible.

Note: You can prepare the roasted cherries beforehand and store in the refrigerator for a few days.

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Ingredients

 

  • 2 cups pitted fresh cherries
  • 1 Tbsp. honey, plus more for a drizzle when serving
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 4 whole-grain slices of bread or slices of wheat baguette
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup low-fat small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, extra for garnish when serving
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Sea salt

 

 

Honey Roasted Cherries and Cheese Toast

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Toss cherries with honey, lemon juice, oil and salt. Roast on the prepared pan, shaking it once or twice during cooking, until the cherries are warm and very soft, cook for about 15 minutes.
3. While cherries are roasting, mix together ricotta, cottage cheese, lemon zest and thyme.
4. Toast bread. Top with cheese mixture, the roasted cherries, thyme, almonds and sea salt. Drizzle with more honey, if desired. Enjoy immediately!


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