This Cranberry Cherry Compote combines sweetness and depth to this bourbon-and-black-pepper-spiked side dish.
inspired by Epicurious.com
- 24 ounces fresh cranberries. (two 12 ounce bags)
- 10 ounces frozen dark sweet cherries
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup apple cider (use cider and not juice)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- Bring cranberries, cherries, brown sugar, cider, and pepper to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, then stir in bourbon. Reduce heat, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring often and pushing fruit against the side of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon to break apart slightly, until thick and syrupy, about 25 minutes more. Let cool completely.
I have for years, avoided cranberry sauce like the plague. It really stems from that jiggly cylindrical cranberry colored gel that comes out of a can. Look, I know it’s late to post a recipe that is traditionally used for Thanksgiving, but it’s more than just for Thanksgiving.
If you are adventurous enough, you can easily use a canning method for this recipe. It yields a rather large portion of cranberry sauce. Even for 19 people I had a ton left over. Alternately, if you are like me, you can use that leftover cranberry sauce by sweetening it up to make a filling for turnovers, mini pies, empanadas, or you can even make a cranberry vinaigrette. Try it on a flatbread with some herbs and goat cheese. Whatever your little heart desires.
But as the story of tradition goes, our family has historically picked out recipes from Epicurious and then have a family member bring that specific dish to our feast. For Thanksgiving, I was assigned a specific roasted carrot recipe and this recipe for Cranberry Cherry Compote. I was actually quite pleased with the ingredients for this compote. I had never made one using cherries before.
While all of you are slathering that left over sauce on your turkey sandwiches, I am liking my lips and savoring the delicious flavors with my morning cup of joe.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.