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Cranberry Orange Compote Recipe – The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish

This cranberry orange compote recipe is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving. It is really the best cranberry sauce I have ever tasted!

Cranberry Orange Compote Recipe - The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish

Cranberry orange compote recipe

Who’s looking for Thanksgiving cranberry recipes?

Forget the canned cranberry sauce this year, try this tasty Thanksgiving side dish recipe that is sure to knock your guests’ socks off! Using fresh cranberries, oranges, and a sugary grenadine, this side dish only takes about 15 minutes to complete from start to finish. I made this yesterday to test it out before the big day, it is simply divine!

Easy Cranberry Compote Side Dish
Original recipe from Delish.com

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Orange zest
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Red-wine vinegar

Don’t forget the veggies this Thanksgiving! If you love cranberries, try these cranberry bacon Brussles sprouts!

Fresh Cranberries

How to make our orange cranberry compote

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan or skillet and bring them to a boil. Simmer at a low temperature for 5-10 minutes or until the fresh cranberries are nice and soft and the liquid turns to a thick syrup.

I actually ended up simmering for 10 minutes to be sure it was thoroughly done. You can serve this cranberry dish warm, refrigerate it, or eat it at room temperature, either way is delicious!

Cranberry orange compote

Cranberry orange compote recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Large saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 12 oz. bags cranberries (6 cups)
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup grenadine syrup
  • 2 tbsp. red-wine vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan or skillet and bring them to a boil.
  • Simmer at a low temperature for 5-10 minutes or until the fresh cranberries are nice and soft and the liquid turns to a thick syrup.
    *I ended up simmering for 10 minutes to be sure the cranberries were softened and the recipe was well mixed.
  • Stir to combine all ingredients and remove from heat. Allow the cranberry orange compote to cool slightly.
  • You can serve this orange cranberry dish warm, refrigerate it, or eat it at room temperature, either way is delicious!

Easy cranberry recipe tips

How to sweeten up your cranberry sauce

Easy cranberry orange compote side dish recipe - the perfect recipes with fresh cranberries for Thanksgiving!

I decided to use 1-1/2 cups of half brown sugar and half granulated white sugar (3/4 cup each), I love it extra sweet! This recipe makes enough for 8 servings, so double or even triple it if you need to feed an army.

You can also reduce the bitter taste in fresh cranberries by reheating the adding maple syrup, apple juice, or a little more orange juice to the recipe.

What can I do with a bag of fresh cranberries?

If you have more cranberries leftover, you can make so many amazing recipes! Try some of the following ideas for using fresh cranberries:

Enjoy this fresh cranberry side dish recipe!

For such a good recipe using fresh cranberries, this is a must-try Thanksgiving side dish! I especially love the orange flavor, sets it off right. Although this is the best cranberry sauce I have ever tried, I am open to other recipes, too. Know of any more delicious and easy cranberry side dish recipes? I’m taking all ideas, leave a comment below!

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