Pomegranate Apple Compote
This compote is intended to go with cinnamon French toast. I opted to pair it with a meaty meal instead. Cranberry sauce works with turkey, said my logic, so why not a pom/apple compote?
Here's the recipe:
Juice from 2 to 3 pomegranates or 1 cup pomegranate juice
1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise (I used vanilla extract; less intense, but still good)
1/2 cup dried pitted cherries or dried cranberries
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
2 lbs apples, peeled and sliced, 1/2 inch thick
1/2 cup real maple syrup
Prepare fresh pomegranate juice (if using fresh pomegranates). Heat juice in a small saucepan over medium heat until it simmers. Turn off heat. Add sliced vanilla bean and dried cherries or cranberries. Let rest 15 minutes or until berries are plum. Scrape vanilla beans out of the pod and add them back into the compote; discard the remaining pod. Heat a 12" skillet over medium high heat. melt 1 Tablespoon butter in the pan and add the sliced apples. Cook the apples until they being to soften but retain their shape, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add maple syrup to apples along with the pomegranate juice and berries. Simmer until the juice reduces to syrup, about 5 to 8 minutes.
I served it warm with vanilla ice cream. It reminded me of my grandmother's Norwegian fruit soup.
Chuck: There's no such thing as fruit soup.
Me: There is if you're Scandinavian. Feel grateful I don't cook lutefisk.
Amigo: We had fruit soup at (the co-op he worked for last summer). I had it a couple of times. It tasted like a smoothie.
Chuck: (silent, spoon poised over bowl)
The end of the script: He liked it. We all liked it. I'll make it again.
POM Wonderful has recipes, health information, and more on their site. I enjoyed browsing while I looked for recipes. They provided me with a small case of their pomegranate juice in order to test and review it. This is not a paid post.
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