Cranberry Compote with Riesling and Pears

Cranberry Compote with Riesling and Pears is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

This delicious twist on cranberry relish includes fresh pears, Riesling and warm spices. It is more tart than sweet, though you can use a sweeter Riesling or add more brown sugar if desired. The compote can be made up to a week in advance; store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 d’Anjou pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 lb. cranberries, fresh or defrosted frozen
  • 2 cups Riesling
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, plus more, to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 thin strips of lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise pods and 8 cloves, tied in a piece of cheesecloth

Directions:

In a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the pears and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the cranberries, wine, the 1/2 cup brown sugar, cayenne, lemon peel and spice packet and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the compote has thickened and the cranberries have begun to burst, 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat. Remove and discard the spice packet. Taste the compote and add more brown sugar if desired. Serve warm, cold or at room temperature. Makes about 2 1/4 cups.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone wants the recipe I made this recipe last week and my partner (not a fan of cranberry sauce) asked me to make it the following weekend when her sister visited. Her sister said she doesn't like cranberry sauce, but she was willing to try it. She loved it! Tonight she called to ask for the recipe for Thanksgiving. This is just a great recipe, and calls for less sugar than traditional cranberry sauce. I must confess though that I changed it a little...I used Moscato wine, because I had some left in the house (cut out some sugar to compensate), and I used cinnamon, powdered ginger, and apple pice spice (about a half teaspoon), instead of the spices listed in the recipe.
Date published: 2012-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Perhaps Better w/Some Tweaks I tried this recipe out to see if it was worthy for my Thanksgiving line-up. I love Riesling and pears so thought it would be incredible. Unfortunately, the quantity of spices called for is just way too much: 8 cloves for only just over a pound of fruit! The spices dulled the subtle flavors of the pears and Riesling, and even the lemon zest wasn't enough to make the compote pop. Perhaps it would be better to make the spice packet with 1/2 a cinnamon stick, 2-3 cloves, and 1 star anise.
Date published: 2012-11-03
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