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Cheese Platter With Dried Fruit Compote

Cheese Platter with Dried Fruit Compote
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  • 2 cups dried fruit (such as cherries, raisins, and chopped apricots)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound creamy cheese (such as Camembert, Brie, or fresh goat)
  • 1/2 pound nutty cheese (such as aged Gouda or Gruyère)
  • 1 pound sharp cheese (such as aged manchego or Cheddar)
  • 1 pound crackers and thin gingersnaps
  • 1 pound grapes
  • 3/4 pound kumquats


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the dried fruit, sugar, 1 cup water, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has thickened slightly, 4 to 6 minutes; let cool.
  2. Serve the cheeses with the crackers, gingersnaps, dried fruit compote, grapes, and kumquats.
By December, 2012

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 681
  • Fat 31g
  • Sat Fat 18g
  • Cholesterol 90mg
  • Sodium 985mg
  • Protein 27g
  • Carbohydrate 76g
  • Sugar 32g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Iron 3mg
  • Calcium 631mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

Cinnamon stick and ground cinnamon
For a warm, spicy twist on the fruit compote, try adding a cinnamon stick or a few pieces of star anise to the fruit while it simmers.

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    High in vitamin C, these hard, tart berries are grown in bogs in colder regions of North America and Europe. They’re almost always eaten cooked, as in the classic Thanksgiving relish.