The perfect accompaniment to roasted poultry, pork and ham, this fresh apple compote is a slow-simmered blend of apples, cider, dry Riesling, and fresh sage.

Apple, Sage and Riesling Compote

We created this compote to serve along with our Jarlsberg and Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf, but it would complement a wide variety of meats quite nicely, including roast chicken, pork chops or ham.

The riesling blends beautifully with the cider and sage to enhance the flavor of the apples. If you prefer to eliminate the alcohol, see our recipe notes for a variation.

Apple, Sage and Riesling Compote

Apple, Sage and Riesling Compote

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The perfect accompaniment to roasted poultry, pork and ham, this fresh apple compote is a slow-simmered blend of apples, cider, dry Riesling, and fresh sage.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups medium dry Riesling
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped

Instructions

  • Place the apples in a small bowl and toss with the lemon juice. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the Riesling and apple cider, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half and beginning to thicken, about 12 minutes.
  • Add the chopped sage and apples to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are softened, about 3 to 4 minutes more.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Tips for Making This Recipe

For an alcohol-free version of this recipe, increase the cider to 1-1/4 cups, replace the Riesling with 3/4 cup of chicken broth and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. The flavor will be a bit different but still delicious.
Serving: 1/4 cup, Calories: 152kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 84mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 13g
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