The Holiday Series – Citrus Ginger Cranberry Compote




Cranberry sauce can be basic and boring, or simple and sensational. I prefer the latter and prove it in today’s recipe. I’m sure you see the bags of cranberries that make their way into grocery stores in mid-November, but I’m not sure if you know what to do with them. While there are several ways to cook them up, I prefer simply with ginger, orange juice, honey, and fresh thyme. While we typically only eat the stuff at the holidays, it pairs perfectly with meat any time of year.

I’ve got two turkeys in brine as I type this, so stay tuned if you want to see how I gussy them up!

I recommend planning out your Thanksgiving dinner this week. Have the menu written by Friday and the grocery list prepared by Sunday. Start shopping Monday and prepping Tuesday and Wednesday. This will make next Thursday feel like a cake walk. Thanksgiving is a job you’ve got to push in the beginning if you wish to minimize the stress that often accompanies it.

“Keep It Paleo!” my friends.

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Thankful for this little guy.)

Citrus Ginger Cranberry Compote

Ingredient List:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • Juice of two large oranges
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, picked and chopped
  • ¾ cup honey

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and ginger and cook until ginger begins to toast
  2. Add cranberries and Kosher salt and stir well to coat with ginger.
  3. Place a lid on the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Remove lid and add the orange juice. Stir again and continue to cook for 5 minutes with lid on.
  4. Remove lid, add honey and continue to stir with lid off from this point.
  5. When liquid has reduced to au sec(almost dry), cut the heat and season with fresh thyme.
  6. As always, adjust seasoning to your liking by balancing the salt and the honey.
  7. Share with your friends and family, and…

“Keep It Paleo!”


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