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What to do with rhubarb?

sunangelmb May 5, 2010 11:48 AM

I just received a ton of fresh rhubarb from a friends garden. Short of pies, and sweet stuff, I have no clue what to do with it or how to cook it? Anyone have any great recipes?

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    katecm RE: sunangelmb May 5, 2010 11:50 AM

    Apologies, but my favorite rhubarb use is a cake! http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

    I also cut some up this weekend and cooked it with a tiny amount of water and some sugar, and it's great on ice cream or yogurt.

    For something more savory, cook it up with sugar, then add salt, pepper and vinegar for a sauce for pork.

    1. Becca Porter RE: sunangelmb May 5, 2010 11:54 AM

      Oh my goodness... I just made the brisket with rhubarb and honey from All About Braising. It is easily the best thing I have eaten in months. You might can find the recipe googling.

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        lexpatti RE: sunangelmb May 5, 2010 12:23 PM

        been wanting to try a roasted rhubarb that I saw recently (since I love roasted everything else):

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          antennastoheaven RE: sunangelmb May 5, 2010 12:32 PM

          My partner just made this strawberry rhubarb compote w/ginger and lime and it was simple and delicious:


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            Will Owen RE: antennastoheaven May 5, 2010 04:27 PM

            I make a strawberry-rhubarb compote, cooked with sugar to a sort of chunky jam and with some decent balsamic vinegar to finish and round it out. Very simple - I don't have a recipe because I don't really use one, just stew the rhubarb until it's tender, add the berries (cut into halves or quarters, depending on size) and when they're cooked it's done. I usually have to strain out the liquid (there's always too much) and boil it down to a thick syrup then re-combine, and add the vinegar in splashes until I like it. Fantabulous on ice cream. I think for the upcoming Mom's Day lunch I'll do a sort of reorganized strawberry shortcake, with a blob of the stuff on a sweet biscuit half, a scoop of ice cream, then more goop over the top.

          2. coll RE: sunangelmb May 5, 2010 04:52 PM

            The first thing I always do with rhubarb is a curry stew, vegetarian style/

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              dct RE: coll May 6, 2010 01:48 PM

              Intriguing! Can you give some more detail, please?

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                coll RE: dct May 7, 2010 12:45 AM

                Sure. I cut up 4 to 6 rhubarb stalks into 1 inch pieces. I also use other veg/fruits I have on hand, like bananas, apples/applesauce, or berries (dried is fine). I add a lb of red lentils or chick peas. I sweeten with honey, or agave nectar, or sugar in the raw. If I have some chutney around I toss that in too. A handful of nuts for crunch. Add a couple of cups of broth or juice (I like to use roasted coconut juice or passionfruit, but plain ol' OJ would work). Then I season with lots of curry powder, tumeric, garam masala, some ginger, fennel or mustard seed, a cinnamon stick and a bay leaf. Also mint and cilantro if my garden is in bloom. Put everything in a pot and simmer 30 to 60 minutes. I like to serve on brown rice with yogurt on top. Or it's a nice dip for naan bread.

            2. greedygirl RE: sunangelmb May 5, 2010 04:58 PM

              I made rhubarb cupcakes the other day - they were very nice indeed.

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