Sweet Cherry Relish

Cherry pitting is an art. Buy a pitter for the sweet cherries and, if you want, watch TV while you do it. You can pit tart cherries with a pitter or, if they're soft, by squeezing them with your fingers.

This recipe is perfect for grilled chicken, venison or bison burgers. It makes a good hostess gift and is excellent as a condiment with cheese. Keep in the refrigerator for a month or make it in larger quantities and freeze. You can triple the recipe easily.


  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cups pitted sweet cherries


Combine wine, vinegars, sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise in pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Add cherries and simmer for 5 minutes or until cherries are soft and flavourful. Remove from heat and cool.

Transfer relish to a jar, pouring over any liquid until it reaches the top of the jar. Let sit at room temperature overnight. Refrigerate. Makes 1 cup.