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holiday cranberry sauce

Holiday Cranberry Compote

My Holiday Cranberry Compote comes together in minutes, and can make even the toughest of cranberry sauce critics a fan.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Servings: 5
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  • 3 cups cranberries, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ tsp lemon zest


Cook down the cranberries

  • Heat the cranberries, maple syrup, sugar, and salt over medium heat for 2 minutes, until the cranberries start to pop.
  • Now turn the heat down to low, and add ½ tsp lemon juice.
  • Stirring occasionally, cook the compote for an additional 7 minutes over low heat, until the cranberries are soft and have mostly broken down.

Add the remaining juice and zest

  • Turn the heat off, and add the remaining ½ tsp lemon juice and lemon zest.

Serve and enjoy!

  • Serve as a Thanksgiving side, or with breakfast over pancakes or waffles.