Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sliced Oranges with Cranberry Coulis and Seasons Greetings

This sliced orange and cranberry compote makes a terrific breakfast for Christmas morning. I would have shown it to you earlier, but I just found it flipping through an old Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. Some say the Silver Palate cookbooks are outdated and behind the times. Here's what I say to them - wrong!

Sliced Oranges with Cranberry Coulis
Slightly adapted from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook, serves 6
Printable Recipe

1 ½ pounds fresh or frozen cranberries
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 cup fresh orange juice
Grated zest of 1 orange, plus more for garnish from another orange
½ cup water
1/3 cup Grand Marnier, plus a little more as needed
6 navel oranges, peels and white membranes removed, cut into ½” slices
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Simmer cranberries, sugar and orange juice uncovered in a medium-sized saucepan for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the zest from one orange and add it along with the water. Simmer uncovered another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Strain cranberry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Stir in Grand Marnier. Let cool to room temperature. If coulis is too thick, add more Grand Marnier as needed.

On each of 6 dessert plates, make a pool of the cranberry coulis, fan slices or oranges on each cranberry pool, and spoon a little more cranberry coulis over the oranges. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Cook's notes: Before peeling all of the oranges, be sure to remove some of the zest for the recipe and for garnishing.

This will be linked to Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farms and Weekend Bites at Simple Living. 

Caspari card, original by Stephanie Stouffer

Holiday wishes from our house to yours

Joyeux Noël

Felix Navidad

Froehliche Weihnachten

Buone Feste Natalizie

Happy Hanukkah

Merry Christmas from  sunny south Florida

We’ve got everything but  SNOW!

Sam & Meakin


  1. Refined, light and divine!

    Happy Holidays dear. Have a wonderful time.



  2. Very pretty Sam! Merry Christmas, soak up a little sunshine for me:@)

  3. Refreshing compote! I still enjoy thumbing through that cookbook~Happy Holidays to you and your family! Also, happy that we don't have snow here in Florida......have had a few cold spells,though!

  4. I agree Sam. The Silver Palate cookbooks are always on my "go to" list. And, I've done this recipe many years ago. Thanks for the reminder.
    Merry Christmas!


  5. I agree ..they were avant-garde if anything!
    Lovely lovely bright and cheery greeting for tthe holidays this fruit plate is..
    Merry Chrstmas you two:)

  6. The Silver Palate cookbooks were the very first in my collection back in the 80's. This a lovely and elegant start to Christmas morning.

  7. Love the Christmas flamingo. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  8. looks festive and delicious Sam and I learned a new word - coulis. Great shots as always. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  9. Very nice Sam. I think I own The Silver Palate cookbook. I need to go check it out.

    Merry Christmas.


  10. Sam, That is a very pretty orange breakfast offering... Healthy too! As for snow here in the valley of East Tennessee, none yet and it looks like most of the days in the next week or so will top out around 50 degrees. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave & Laurie

  11. I need to get some oranges to make this light yet beautiful dessert!
    Have a safe, happy and fun holiday season, Sam!

  12. This looks so festive and delicious Sam. I always remember getting the Silver Palate Cookbook as a gift. I read it all the way from my sister's house in Cincinnati back to Raleigh. It was better than the best novel to me! :) Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hope it's wonderful!

  13. If I didn't have Christmas brunch already planned I'd be putting these beside my egg strata on Christmas morning, Sam! Outdated? Never! A very Merry Christmas to you and Meakin!

  14. What a great holiday salad from one of my fave cookbooks. I'm glad you don't think The Silver Palate is outdated, I concur! Now I need to find some good oranges. Here's wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas, Sam!

  15. A pretty way to start Christmas morning. I hope you and Meakin have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.

  16. Beautiful! And a Happy Boxing Day to you and Meakin. I look forward to much more deliciousness from you in the new year!

  17. Sam, what a beautiful presentation! And this looks delicious, too.

    I am a day late, but I wanted to be sure and wish you and your beloved a very Merry Christmas. Blessings abundant to you both!


    Sheila :-)

  18. what a beautiful plate! gourmet to the max!

  19. I agree with you Sam, I have two of those cookbooks and they're my favorites to sit down and browse and find things that I've never noticed before. And this is one of them. I really need something fresh for breakfast, I'm very full and tired of potatoes, cheese, ham, cheese, potatoes, ham ...... Happy Holidays!

  20. So pretty, Sam! Must get out those cookbooks are take another look. Used to love them and still make a couple salads from them...I put the recipes on my computer to have them handy.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  21. This looks delightful and you always manage to pull up so much color in your dishes, I'm always taking notice of that. Don't worry....no snow up here, you didn't miss anything.

  22. what a fun and festive twist on the classic orange. I love it and so pretty too! Hope you have a great new year!

  23. I think this is so elegant (as are so many of your lovely recipes) and I also LOVE the Silver Palate cookbooks - this is a great find!


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