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A perfect Thanksgiving side dish – this cranberry and orange dish is a great change up to the ordinary cranberry sauce!

Orange Compote with Candied Cranberries | Taste and Tell

We have come to the end of Thanksgiving week, and of course, you have to have cranberries on the table. We normally have our traditional Cranberry Salad, but after making this side dish, I’m honestly contemplating breaking tradition. I’m not even a huge cranberry fan, but I absolutely loved this. Seriously loved it. It was sweet and sour and tart all in one. And I love that you can totally make this ahead of time, because I know one of the hardest parts of the Thanksgiving meal is getting everything done on time!

I seriously could have probably done 2 weeks of Thanksgiving recipes because this meal is probably the one I look forward to the most every year. I’m already having the hardest time decided just what I want to contribute to our table this year. But I hope that these 5 recipes will help you all with your menus!!
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Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
Honey Wheat Rolls
Classic Lemon Meringue Pie
Honey Herb Glazed Turkey
Orange Compote with Candied Cranberries

Orange Compote with Candied Cranberries
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A perfect Thanksgiving side dish - this cranberry and orange dish is a great change up to the ordinary cranberry sauce!
Serves: 10 servings
  • 7 Navel oranges
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 (12 oz) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  1. Remove 2 strips of orange zest from one of the oranges using a vegetable peeler.
  2. In a pan, combine ¼ cup water, the cranberries, ½ cup of the sugar and the strips of orange zest. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer until it is reduced to a syrup consistency, 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool; remove the orange zest.
  3. Squeeze the juice from 2 of the oranges. Measure out ½ cup of juice and set aside. (If you have extra juice, reserve for another use.) In a saucepan, combine the ½ cup of juice with the remaining ½ cup sugar and the cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer and cook until you reach a syrup consistency, about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.
  4. Cut the peel and the pith from the remaining 5 oranges. Cut between the orange membranes to remove the segments. Place the orange segments in a bowl. Add the orange syrup. Stir in the candied cranberries and refrigerate until chilled.
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  6. From Everyday with Rachael Ray November 2011

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16 Responses to Orange Compote with Candied Cranberries {Thanksgiving Week/Fridays with Rachael Ray}

  1. Rosa says:

    Heavenly. What a delightful compote.



  2. I hear ya – Thanksgiving is my favorite too! I could read T’giving recipes all year round 🙂 This is another great one!!

  3. This is gorgeous, perfect for a fall table! Thanksgiving recipes are definitely some of my favourite, I’d love seeing them for another week 🙂

  4. This version of cranberry sauce is so bright and festive with the cranberries and oranges! And that cranberry orange combination so good (I actually shared Cranberry Orange Pancakes yesterday)!

  5. Cranberry and orange is such a perfect combo. I wish you would have done 2 weeks of Thanksgiving recipes!

  6. Chels R. says:

    I adore the flavor combo of orange and cranberry! This looks so elegant and delicious!

  7. Fantastic week of recipes! Once I went to homemade cranberry sauce, I never went back. And I love the idea of this twist.

  8. I’m making the cranberry sauce this year and was in search of a great recipe- just found it, thanks! The orange addition sounds wonderful!!

  9. Kim Bee says:

    This needs to get made…asap. Freaking gorgeous!

  10. Carrian says:

    That sounds utterly delicious! I adore those two flavors!!

  11. Joanne says:

    My brother would probably kill me if I tried to switch out my cranberry sauce for this…but maybe we’ll just have to have both this year!

  12. Orange and cranberry is such a delicious combination. I’d love to have this compote on my Thanksgiving table.

  13. I am totally making this for Thanksgiving this year! How can I resist those juicy orange slices?!

  14. What a lovely recipe! Perfect for your thanksgiving. I’ve just posted a refreshing orange and date ‘salad’ with rosewater and vanilla. I like the idea of a compote.

  15. The cranberry sauce is always one of my favorite things at the Thanksgiving table. Love the addition of oranges here!

  16. What a beautiful color! I’m not normally a huge cranberry fan but with orange?! Or ginger? It’s heaven.

    And I’m just about to get started with my Thanksgiving recipes and only now realize that I need a full month for them. Oh well. There’s always next year. 🙂

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