A Cozy Thanksgiving: Spiked Cranberry Compote with Bartlett Pear, and Milk ‘n Honey Biscuits

Cranberry Compote

Cranberries are no doubt that wonderful splash of red, the gorgeous little shimmering rubies of the fall and early winter season. Sharply tart and sweet, cranberries bring an amazingly colorful and bright presence to any well-spread holiday table—mine, being no exception.

But perhaps I’m a bit unique in my adoration of cranberries; I genuinely love the little gems. And I don’t use the word “love” lightly here.

From the time they first come available in late October, all the way through the time they take their final bow on the store shelves around early winter, cranberries are a staple food item in my fridge; and I typically even have an extra bag or two as back up, just to make certain I’m never out. Told you I wasn’t kidding about the “love” thing.

Pears and Cranberries | thecozyapron.com

Cranberry Compote | thecozyapron.com

Good, tangy, homemade fruit compotes, sauces and chutneys are something that I really enjoy, and it doesn’t even have to be a holiday for me to make them.

I add them by heaping spoonfuls to my spiced bowl of steaming oatmeal with slivered toasted almonds, or drizzle them over top my homemade, warm-out-of-the-oven *Milk ‘n Honey Biscuits.

The juicy, glossy and sweet-sour aspects of compotes are what I love so much about them, and cranberries are the perfect pick to create those luscious qualities.

Quick to cook, these little beauties need only some sugar and some liquid to make a simple sauce; but add in fragrant, diced Bartlett pears, and a little splash of Grand Marnier? Now we’re talking.

You’ll forget you ever ate cranberry sauce out of a can.

Cranberry Compote | thecozyapron.com

Cranberry Compote | thecozyapron.com

What a simple, beautiful thing that the red cranberry is; and what a statement it can make on your holiday table.

Fresh, homemade, comforting and scrumptious is what the Thanksgiving meal is really all about; and a simple, spiced cranberry compote with bartlett pear, spiked with just a hint of sweet, orange liqueur, is one gloriously vibrant side dish that speaks sweetly of that.

And as long as we’re talking side dishes, pass some of those biscuits too, please!

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


*The Milk ‘n Honey Biscuits are a bonus recipe this week, and can be found below the Grand Marnier-Spiked Cranberry Compote with Bartlett Pear recipe.

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  • Lynda Rice November 16, 2012, 9:45 am

    Oh my goodness…I love cranberries too! Both these recipes are a perfect side dish for the holidays.

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