It’s that time again, bring on the VVP!
Who’s coming to the table: The bright and beautiful cranberry.
Through the years, cranberry sauce has gotten a pretty bad wrap. Give thanks to the trusty can o’ cran that plops out a gelatinous cylinder of cranberry goo with a nice, big “schluup.” Great entertainment, but just not appetizing.
A couple years ago I discovered this little recipe. No, big recipe. It is chock full of goodness! Made with fresh cranberries, pecans, fresh and dried fruit and the fabulous fall flavors cinnamon and nutmeg. One taste and I was in love.
The only problem with the recipe is the large amount of sugar, especially being on an alkaline vegan diet. So this year the cranberry compote recipe has gotten a facelift. Welcome maple.
Cranberry Maple Compote
12 oz fresh cranberries
1 orange, peeled and pureed in the blender
1 apple, peeled and diced
1 pear, peeled and diced
1 c water
1 c chopped dried fruit (mix it up and have fun! we love dried pineapple, cherry, cranberry if you’re sticking with the theme, I think a little crystallized ginger could be good for an added kick)
1 c chopped pecans
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
maple syrup, to taste (I used 1/4 cup but my sweetness sensor is pretty low these days. You could add anywhere from 1/4-3/4 c maple)
Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add all other ingredients. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat and let cool.
I made a double batch this time around, measured it into 1 1/2 c portions, and stored it in the freezer. Great to pull out for the holidays.
Some other ways to use your super delish cranberry sauce:
Eat it with a spoon!
Make a parfait with your favorite plain yogurt and granola
Layer on top of crackers and vegan cream cheese for finger foods
PB+Cranberry Sandwich? Potential…
I’m thinking a ginger graham cracker crust with vanilla bean vegan ice cream topped with cranberry sauce. Mmmmmm.
Mix in your morning oatmeal
Use as a topping for pancakes or filling for crepes
A tart spread for a savory sandwich
So there you have it. Cranberry Maple Compote. Love it.