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This Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey cherry idea was my boyfriend’s. He loves my Jack Daniels Whiskey & Honey Glazed Carrots – a lot. When I ran a few of my quesadilla ingredients by him (one using Coca Cola & another using balsamic vinegar) – he suggested something with this whiskey. So – essentially – I made the exact recipe but with fresh cherries instead of carrots. It is outrageous! I used it in this quesadilla but it would be incredible on anything from salmon to chicken to ice cream. Crazy yummy! Maybe just pour it over a wedge of brie & serve it with a crusty bread. Ymmmmm!
Brie Quesadilla with Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey-Soaked Cherries
Brie – sliced thin
1 cup fresh cherries – pitted
2 TBS butter
1 TBS brown sugar
3 sprigs of thyme – leaves only
1/4 cup Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
Melt one of the tablespoons of butter in a large saute pan over high heat. Add cherries and thyme & stir – sauteing them for 2-3 min. Remove the cherries to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
Add the whiskey & let it saute for 30-45 seconds. Reduce heat & melt the remaining tablespoon of butter. Add the brown sugar & stir to combine. Once a glaze begins to form – a minute or two – add the cherries back to the pan & stir to get them coated in glaze. Cook another minute or two & set aside.
Then – simply assemble the quesadilla the normal way. Heat a dry pan. Place a tortilla in it. Layer the brie & some of the cherries & fold the tortilla. I use a put lid to apply pressure & trap the heat. After a minute or two – flip the quesadilla. When golden on both sides – unceremoniously shove it in your face and commence to making another!
I was lucky enough to be at Christine’s dinner table when she made this. SO good!