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Rhubarb Recipes and Cooking Tips

Try Cooking With Rhubarb This Spring

Traditionally used in desserts like cakes, pies and crumbles, rhubarb recipes can be used for sweet and savory dishes alike. As we enter rhubarb season, here are a few ways you might incorporate this tart ingredient into your spring kitchen.

How to Pick Rhubarb
When looking to pick the best rhubarb, pay attention to the thickness of the stems, as well as their crispness. The thicker the stem, the tougher the rhubarb will be. Ideally, you want to pick out slender, firm stalks. If rhubarb stalks are in any way floppy, they’re most likely old and will not yield the tastiest results. Rhubarb stems range in color from pale green to dark pink – the rosier the hue, the sweeter the rhubarb will be. When you get your rhubarb home, keep it in your vegetable crisper for up to one week.

Cooking Rhubarb
Rhubarb adds a delicious tang to sweet treats, and when cooked takes on an almost buttery texture. Because of its composition, rhubarb is also a terrific addition to chutneys or compotes that complement a number of grilled or roast meats. On it’s own, rhubarb can also be stewed and served alongside breakfast dishes like pancakes, waffles or oatmeal.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Ingredients:

FILLING

  • 5 stalks rhubarb; 1/4 inch slices
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • Juice of one small lemon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

TOPPING

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Add the rhubarb and strawberries to a large bowl, tossing with the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Squeeze in lemon juice and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine all the topping ingredients, except the almonds. Using a wooden spoon, stir everything until clumps form.
  3. Spread fruit filling evenly in a 9×13 glass baking dish. Using your hands, scatter the topping over the fruit filling. Top with sliced almonds.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes until the topping is golden and the fruit filling is bubbling. Cool slightly and serve with whipped and ice cream.

Rhubarb gives apple sauce a satisfying tartness – check out this recipe!

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