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Simple Sweet Onion-Apple Compote Cooking Recipes

Sweet Onion-Apple Compote


Nothing that I know of goes so well with a crisply roasted duck or goose as this tangy, tart-sweet compote. It is almost a chutney and could certainly be happily paired with any hot spicy curry, especially one featuring poultry of any kind.

Makes about 2 cups

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 pounds largest onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced

  • 1 medium-size lemon, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise as thin as possible, any seeds removed, simmered in water cover for 5 minutes, and drained

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup currants, raisins, or dried cherries plumped 10 minutes in boiling water to cover and drained

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard seed

  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Melt the butter in a large deep heavy skillet over low heat. Add the onions vegetables, apples and lemon, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and lemon slices are translucent and softened, and the apples are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Stir in the wine, vinegar, and sugar. Add the currants and season with the cumin and mustard seed. Cover and cook until the onions are very soft, but the apples have not fallen apart, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the parsley and season well with salt and pepper.

  4. Cool the compote and refrigerate at least overnight. To serve this Simple Sweet Onion-Apple Compote Cooking Recipes, bring to room temperature and spoon into a 3 to 4 up glass or other serving bowl.

Note: It is important that the apples do not fall apart and become applesauce. The slices should retain their shape and have a certain texture.

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