Sherried Warm Fruit Compote

This recipe is prepared by my mother, Mary Donna Melon and used in my family for Thanksgiving and Holidays. This hot fruit compote is great for beef, pork or poultry.  Similar to Mostardo, a spicy fruit relish the Italians serve with meat, this hot fruit dish compliments the taste of the tenderloin or any meat that you might decide to serve. I have included a substitution in the form of spices in case you can’t have the sherry or would like an alternative in flavor.

1 medium can of sliced pineapples

1 medium can of peach halves

1 jar of apple rings

1 medium can of pear halves

1 medium can of apricot halves

2 Tbsp of flour

½ cup of brown sugar

1 stick of butter

1 cup of Sherry

Drain all the fruit. Cut up any fruit that is whole. In the top of a double broiler, combine the flour, butter, sugar and sherry. Cook stirring over the hot water until smooth and thick. Place the drained fruit in a casserole dish. Pour the sherry mixture over the fruit and cover. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat oven to 350 F and cook the fruit for 20-30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve along side the meat.

Instead of Sherry, add these ingredients:

2 teaspoons of ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

½ teaspoon of orange peel

1 teaspoon of all spice

1 teaspoon of fresh ground nutmeg

1 cup of water

Combine all the above and mix with the fruit. Stir to incorporate and follow the rest of the recipe instructions.


Chef Mary Beth Lawton-Johnson
Chef Mary Beth Lawton-Johnson
Certified Chef de Cuisine, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Culinary Designer, Chef Mary Beth creates delicious and elegant culinary works of art that should be in a museum, as described by E. Oppenheim. She is a professional chef who has made her career as a private personal chef in the luxury field for over 25 years. Chef Johnson is the recipient of numerous culinary and visionary awards in her field and is often in the media for her expertise as well as appearing on television and she is an author to writing for major media publications.

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