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Cranberry-Licorice Compote
© Tina Rupp

Cranberry-Licorice Compote

  • TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: Makes 2 cups
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Fromager Tia Keenan of New York City's Casellula Cheese & Wine Café pairs her sweet-and-tangy compote with Lazy Lady Farm Trillium (Cheese on 62nd, 212-980-5544) or fresh goat cheese.

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  1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 6 star anise pods
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
  4. 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  5. 1 pound cranberries
  6. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  7. 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  8. 1 teaspoon Pernod
  9. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  10. 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the star anise pods, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean and seeds and cook over moderately high heat until sizzling, about 1 minute. Add the cranberries and brown sugar, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst, about 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and Pernod and cook for 2 minutes longer. Discard the star anise pods, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean and stir in the lemon and lime zests. Let the compote cool to room temperature before serving.
Make Ahead The compote can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.