Saturday, November 18, 2017

#Thanksgiving Cranberry-Fig Compote #Recipe @PegCochran

Do you love cranberry sauce (why do they call it "sauce" I wonder?)?  I love trying different variations on the theme so when I found this recipe in our Parade Magazine (you know--it's tucked into your Sunday paper if you still get one), I decided to try it.  I love figs--my grandparents always had fresh figs and dried figs on hand.

Of course, cranberries play a big role in my Cranberry Cove series!  Monica Albertson heads to Cranberry Cove to help her brother on his cranberry farm. What she doesn't expect is to harvest a body along with the cranberries!

1 cup water
1 orange--juice and peel
1 cup chopped, dried figs
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
10 ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt

Bring one cup of water to the boil.  Remove from the heat and stir in your dried figs and the juice of one orange.  Let sit for 15 minutes.

Return pan to medium heat and stir in one cup of sugar and one cinnamon stick.  Bring to a boil again and add one package of cranberries.

Reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries start to burst.

Remove from heat and stir in balsamic vinegar, zest of one orange and a pinch of salt.

Cool completely, remove cinnamon stick and transfer to a container.

Keep refrigerated for up to three weeks.


The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

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  1. Always make cranberry sauce, but never with figs. Never thought about adding figs. The recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Peg, I spotted that recipe, too -- thanks for being the guinea pig! How did the flavor combination work? You don't actually say whether you liked it!

    1. I've only tasted it--saving for Thanksgiving, but it's very good! A deep, rich flavor from the figs.

    2. Oh, good -- we have a package of figs, so I'm considering it!

  3. My family favorite is raw cranberries, a whole orange with peel, half a lemon with peel, and sugar (adjust to taste) into a food processor.
    No cooking.
    It comes out looking like jewels and tastes great.

    1. I'm going to have to try that! How many cranberries? One of those 10 ounce bags?

    2. Yes, that's about right.

  4. Figs are amazing. I love this recipe!

  5. My mom loves figs, I think she'd really like this recipe. I'm not a fig fan, but I love the addition of orange..and the vinegar is an interesting touch.

  6. We made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was terrific. The earthiness of the figs is a terrific complement to the tartness of the cranberries. Highly recommended!