Who doesn’t love cranberries? And especially at this time of year — when their colors reflect the warmth of the season — why not make a slightly boozy, fresh and festive cranberry-cherry compote to accompany your holiday meal. This tart-sweet compote also makes a great appetizer when served warm with sweet potato chips.
Fresh And Festive Cranberry Compote Recipe
1 bag fresh cranberries, sorted and washed
5 oz. Wild Oats Marketplace Organic Dark Sweet Cherries (1/2 a bag)
1/4 cup orange liquor such as Cointreau*
1 cup fresh orange juice with pulp
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 cup (or to taste) sugar**
1 tablespoon dark rum such as Myers***
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons corn starch
Put cranberries, cherries, orange juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, sugar, Myers, 1 cup of water and orange and lemon zests in a large, non-reactive saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries pop. In a small bowl stir cornstarch into remaining 1/2 cup water, then stir mixture into the cranberry mixture. Stir to combine. Cook on low, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Allow mixture to cool, then refrigerate for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Can be served cold, or reheat and serve warm.
*Omit Cointreau by adding an extra 1/4 cup of the orange juice.
** Adjust sugar to suit your taste
***Omit Myers rum if desired