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Orange Cranberry Compote

Hi Guys! Can you believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow? Whew, this year went pretty fast! Are you ready for all of the delicious food? Are you trying out my delicious Mac and Cheese recipe? Of course, you are!

Well to get to this dish, Cranberry Sauce! Or in this case Orange Cranberry Compote! I’ll admit, growing up we had the canned jelly stuff that just flops on a plate! And I actually enjoyed it! EWWWW! I know, but I assumed that was the only way to have it. As an adult I can’t believe we actually served that! MY aunties will say it was just for convenience, but I’m not sure I believe that. This dish can literally be made in minutes and it taste so much better!

So don’t forget about the forgotten star this Thanksgiving!

You'll need:

1 12oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries

2/3 c. orange juice

¼ c. water

½ c. white sugar (add more if you like sweet)

½ c. brown sugar (add more if you like really sweet)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

pinch of salt

zest of 1 orange


Ground Cinnamon or Cinnamon Stick

Star Anise




  1. Over medium high heat in a medium saucepan, dissolve sugars in orange juice and water. Bring to a boil.

  2. Once boiling, add in vanilla, pinch of salt, and cranberries. Bring back to a boil. (be careful the cranberries will pop and splatter)

  3. Grate the zest of 1 orange and add to the pot.

  4. Lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally.

  5. Once done, serve warm, at room temperature, or cold.

  6. Enjoy!

**Add in optional spices with Step 2.

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