Absolutely addictive, Cranberry Compote is the perfect side dish for your Turkey dinner. You’ll need Just 5 ingredients and mere minutes to put together this versatile and delicious dish.
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Why this is THE BEST Cranberry Compote
Pretty much every Cranberry Sauce or compote recipe is easy to make and tasty. What sets this recipe apart is the fact that the cranberries are not only cooked with the usual orange, sugar and cinnamon, but also there’s a cup of red wine in the recipe.
Red wine enhances the flavor of the berries and makes this compote more sophisticated and delicious than any you’ve tried before.
- Cranberries – You can use fresh or frozen cranberries for this recipe.
- Granulated Sugar – You need a good amount of sugar to sweeten the tangy cranberries. The sugar also thickens the sauce.
- Cinnamon/Orange – These are classic flavorings for cranberry sauce.
- Red Wine – I like to use a light to medium bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir or Zinfandel. There’s no reason to use a very expensive wine for this recipe, but do use something good enough to drink.
How to make Cranberry Compote
See the recipe card for detailed measurements and instructions.
- Place all the ingredients for the compote in a medium saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Then turn down the heat to keep it at a lively simmer.
- Once the cranberries start popping, simmer for 10 minutes. The longer you simmer, the thicker the compote.
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Cranberry Compote Recipe
- 12 oz cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 12 oz granulated sugar (1 ½ cups)
- 8 oz red wine (1 cup (light to medium bodied))
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange (zest peeled in a long strip (avoid white pith))
- Combine 12 oz cranberries, 12 oz granulated sugar, 8 oz red wine, 1 cinnamon stick, and the zest from 1 orange in a saucepan. Heat over medium high until the wine begins to boil and the cranberries start to pop.
- Reduce the heat to medium -low and continue cooking for about 10 minutes (see note). The majority of the cranberries should have popped and the mixture will be a little thicker.
- Remove the pot from the heat and cool to room temperature.
- Remove the cinnamon stick and orange zest. If you'd like you can slice the orange zest into thin strips and return to the sauce. I just take it out.
- Place in a covered container and chill for several hours. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
- The cooked cranberries will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.
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