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Cranberry-Grape Compote

You can prepare this compote up to two weeks ahead and store in the refrigerator.

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups
Cranberry-Grape Compote

Source: Everyday Food, November 2006


  • 1 package (12 ounces) cranberries, fresh or frozen (no need to thaw)
  • 3 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high, bring cranberries, grapes, sugar, and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until most of the cranberries have popped and grapes are falling apart, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat; add salt and stir to combine. Let cool to room temperature (compote will thicken as it cools). Serve at room temperature.

Cook's Note

Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Reviews (12)

  • James Clark 22 Nov, 2013

    This simple and easy recipe has become a staple for the holidays. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of orange zest. Our family enjoys it so much that I will throw a couple of bags of cranberries in the freezer when they are in season and make this compote year round.

  • cheftb 28 Nov, 2011

    Amazing! I don't generally like cranberry sauce (too tart) but this was excellent. Sweet and yummy. I made it the Saturday b4 Thanksgiving. It was a hit in my house of non cranberry lovers.

  • Hansohnj 22 Dec, 2009

    Back by popular demand for Christmas morning at home (over pumpkin hotcakes) and dinner with extended family (as a side dish). Love it!

  • tourtes 25 Nov, 2008

    I've made this recipe 2 years in a row and everybody loved it! Much better than plain cranberry sauce!!! Delish! Has become a favourite at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  • kgeorgi 23 Nov, 2008

    This recipe is so quick and easy to make! It's so refreshing to have a big bite of tart yet sweet cranberry sauce in between the heaviness of Thanksgiving dinner. This is a favorite already.

  • 321suzanne 14 Jan, 2008

    This is my favorite cranberry sauce recipe. Something about the grapes makes it special. I made it for Thanksgiving 2006 and throughout the year. I've added a thinly sliced orange and 1/4 c. diced dried apricots to the mixture and it is delicious.

  • FranMag 25 Nov, 2007

    I made this last Thanksgiving also and everyone loved it. I like that you don't have to add as much sugar as plain cranberry sauce.

  • jamieslater 21 Nov, 2007

    I used this recipe last Thanksgiving and my family begged me to make it again. It's especially great if you don't like cranberry sauce... even my picky dad likes it!

  • Debster66 20 Nov, 2007

    This is a great side to any poultry meal. Especially Thanksgiving! In small decorative jars, this makes an excellent gift!

  • CatherineA01 14 Nov, 2007

    A wonderful recipe ! Don't let the simplicity fool you - it's delicious. I have tried many cranberry sauce recipes. I plan to make this one part of my Thanksgiving tradition.

  • katiek99 13 Nov, 2007

    This is a really great recipe for cranberry compote. I made it last year for Thanksgiving and started having requests for it a month before this Thanksgiving! I also put some aside less the sugar for my diabetic Dad and used a small amount of sugar substitute - he loved it! It is super easy to make and can be made well ahead of the big day.

  • bcubed333 8 Nov, 2007

    This is so easy to make and is the best tasting cranberry sauce our family has eaten. It will soon become a family tradition as it is made again and again.

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