Really good cherries are hard to beat for flavor and beauty. This application is something that goes well with duck, pork or chicken as a side dish, but also is good as a dessert over ice cream. It is super simple. You just have to find some really super cherries! I got mine from Whole Foods just as the cherry season was beginning. I used bing cherries but any large firm variety would work for this.
Start with firm ripe cherries
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Rinse the cherries with cold water and pad them dry gently with a kitchen towel.
3. Place cherries in a bowl and toss them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and season generously with salt and pepper.
4. Transfer cherries to a non-reactive baking dish (glass or porcelain are ideal) with the stem standing up. Preferably, the cherries will fit really close to one another. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
5. Roast the cherries in the oven for 20 minutes or until they start to release their juices. Remove the foil, and place the baking dish back in the oven for another 5 minutes to allow the juices caramelize a bit.
6. Remove from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes. Serve cherries as desired spooning some of the juices over the cherries.