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Brisket With Cherry Barbecue Sauce
Star-Spangled Cherry Shortcake
Beef Wrap With Cherry Salsa
Cherry Salsa

(Family Features) - Americans love to celebrate our nation's birthday. It's all about proclaiming our freedom with family, friends, summer fun and fabulous food. Whether the party takes place in the backyard, at a park, lake or seashore, traditional American favorites are sure to be on the menu.

Serve up more fun, less work and mouthwatering results with these easy recipes. Start by taking advantage of the diamond of fruit -- fresh, sweet dark cherries -- during the peak of the season. Consider it Nature's contribution to the party. Next, offer a surefire crowd pleaser: slow-roasted brisket. It's an old-time favorite that's sweeping the nation's eateries as one of this year's hottest trends. Brisket With Cherry Barbecue Sauce is made in a slow cooker for slow-roasted savor without fuss.

A salad, made from in-season vegetables, or roasted corn makes a simple dish.

For a sparkling grand finale serve Star-Spangled Cherry Shortcake. Use either a large star cake pan or mini star pan for individual cakes. The shape sings "holiday." The taste calls for seconds.

It's a best-of-summer menu wrapped up for the season's best holiday. 

Keep the party going by serving any leftover brisket in this tantalizing wrap. It's tempting and simple to make. Cherries, fresh spinach, sweet peppers and more mingle with the brisket releasing a festival of summer flavors.

Create another showstopping grand finale from the wealth of must-try patriotic recipes at www.wilton.com. Visit it regularly, along with www.nwcherries.com and www.certifiedangusbeef.com, for recipes and ideas to fit any celebration.

Brisket With Cherry Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 cups Northwest fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • 2 1/4 cups (18 ounces) bottled barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 pounds fresh Certified Angus Beef® brisket
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    1. Combine cherries, barbecue sauce and sugar in blender. Pour water into empty barbecue sauce bottle and shake; add to blender. Blend until smooth.
    2. Place brisket in oval, 6-quart slow cooker, lean side down. Lightly rub salt and pepper into meat. Pour cherry barbecue sauce over brisket; cook on low 8 to 10 hours.
    3. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.
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Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
8 to 10 hours

Calories: 490g     Total Fat: 40g
Cholesterol: 104mg     Protein: 26g
Carbohydrates: 5g     Sodium: 306mg

Makes about 16 servings; 4 1/2 cups sauce

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Option: Just before serving, place brisket under the broiler or on the grill to caramelize the sugars in the sauce.
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Star-Spangled Cherry Shortcake

  • 1 Wilton Star Cake Pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter or margarine, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Northwest fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, as desired
  • 1 cup whipping or heavy cream, whipped
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    1. Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Baking Time: 15 to 20 minutes
    2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray pan with vegetable pan spray. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl; mix well. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in almonds and chocolate chips. In small bowl, combine milk, egg and almond extract. Add to flour mixture all at once; stir just until all ingredients are moistened. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
    3. Meanwhile, combine cherries and confectioners' sugar. Remove shortcake from oven; cool 5 minutes in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan; cool. Place shortcake on serving plate. Just before serving, pipe whipped cream into stars, flowers or rosettes over top of shortcake using Dessert Decorator Pro(TM), Dessert Whipper Pro(TM) or disposable bag and decorating star tips; spoon on cherries. Add additional whipped cream, if desired.
    4. For individual star shortcakes: Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray cavities of Wilton Mini Star Pan with vegetable pan spray. Fill cavities almost to top with batter. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack; cool. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with whipped cream and cherries as described above, or cut shortcakes in half horizontally and fill with whipped cream and cherries. Top with additional whipped cream.
    5. Makes about 9 servings

Makes about 12 servings
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Beef Wrap With Cherry Salsa

  • 4 large flour tortillas (flavored, if desired)
  • 1 pound cooked Certified Angus Beef® brisket (left over from the Brisket With Cherry Barbecue Sauce), cut into thin strips
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • Cherry Salsa (recipe)
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    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and foil; place in oven until warm, about 10 minutes. Heat brisket through in microwave or on stove.
    2. To serve, place cheese, spinach and brisket in tortilla; top with Cherry Salsa. Roll tortilla; cut in half.

Preparation Time
12 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Calories: 732g     Total Fat: 50g
Cholesterol: 124mg     Protein: 37g
Carbohydrates: 33g     Sodium: 1085mg

Makes 4 servings

Cherry Salsa

  • 1 cup Northwest fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup seeded, chopped yellow tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped yellow or red sweet pepper
  • 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

    1. Combine all ingredients; chill at least one hour.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Chill Time
1 hour

Makes about 3 1/4 cups
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SOURCE: Wilton Industries, Inc.
Certified Angus Beef LLC
Northwest Cherry Growers

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