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Blood Oranges with Caramel Sauce and Cocoa Nibs

Blood oranges pair well with a simple caramel sauce and a sprinkling of earthy, nutty cocoa nibs.

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  • Servings: 4
Blood Oranges with Caramel Sauce and Cocoa Nibs

Photography: David Meredith

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2012


  • 5 blood oranges
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa nibs


  1. Cut top and bottom off 3 oranges to expose flesh. Stand each orange upright, and cut off peel (including pith) in vertical strips. Cut flesh into 1/4-inch rounds, reserving juice in a bowl. Juice remaining 2 oranges, adding enough juice to reserved juice to equal 1/2 cup.

  2. Make the caramel sauce: Prepare an ice-water bath. Bring sugar and 2 tablespoons water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring until sugar is dissolved; continue cooking until mixture is dark amber in color, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, and slowly and carefully add butter, juice, and a pinch of salt, stirring until smooth (you should have 3/4 cup sauce). Transfer pan to ice-water bath, and let cool for 15 minutes.

  3. Divide orange slices among 4 shallow bowls, and top with caramel sauce and cocoa nibs.


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