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Cranberry-Grape Compote


This fresh cranberry sauce is so much better than anything store-bought. Serve it with our Maple-Glazed Turkey.

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups

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.

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  • carolynaimoneh
    28 NOV, 2015
    I first got this recipe when I was in the audience at the Martha Stewart Show when it was on network tv, several years ago. What a fun time! This is the easiest and best tasting cranberry compote to compliment any turkey dinner. I put it together 2 days earlier than when I plan on serving. This allows the flavors to meld. I'm thinking of adding some orange zest and a splash of bourbon. I also mash up the compote some as its coming together if the cranberries or grapes don't all burst.
  • 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.
  • ChefTBaks
    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!