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Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Compote

You can make this a day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.


Southern Living DECEMBER 2007

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup (serving size: 1 tbsp.)
  • Cook time:22 Minutes
  • Prep time:10 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind


1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onions, and sauté 15 to 18 minutes or until golden and tender. Stir in vinegar and remaining ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 2 Tbsp.

Caramelized Onion-Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites: Spread 16 whole grain crackers each with 1 1/2 tsp. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese; top each with 1 Tbsp. Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Compote. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley leaves.

Calories 56; Fat 2.9g (sat 1.6g, mono 0.6g, poly 0.1g); Protein 1.3g; Carb 6.2g; Fiber 0.8g; Chol 7mg; Iron 0.2mg; Sodium 137mg; Calc 12mg

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 20
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.2g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Iron: 0.1mg
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Calcium: 5mg

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