Rhubarb Recipes

Whether you deem it a fruit or a vegetable, no doubt you’ll find rhubarb a welcome sign of spring that adds a desirable zest to a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

Sign of Spring

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Sign of Spring

Rhubarb, which looks like crimson celery, has a short season, so stock up while you can. Good news–it freezes beautifully and can be saved to enjoy later in the year. Tart to the taste and most commonly used in pies and other desserts, rhubarb can also be used as the base for an elegant sauce over meat dishes.

First up is Rhubarb-Apple Pie. Pair fresh sliced rhubarb with sliced Granny Smith apples and add a little cinnamon and sugar for this delicious pie.

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Ruby Port and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries

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Ruby Port and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries

Risotto becomes a kind of rice pudding in this dish, with a sweet-tart syrup drizzled over the creamy rice.

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Rhubarb Liqueur

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Rhubarb Liqueur

Toast the sweetness of spring with this homemade rhubarb liqueur. Flavored with sugar, vodka, Grand Marnier, and, of course fresh rhubarb, this seasonal drink is perfect served with seltzer or straight up and ice cold.

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Raspberry-Rhubarb Pie

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Raspberry-Rhubarb Pie

Refrigerated pie dough makes preparing this tasty dessert a snap. Cornstarch and tapioca ensure a velvety filling by thickening the fruit juices.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream

Perfect to make for a family gathering or summer cookout, this delicious ice cream can also be made nonalcoholic by substituting cranberry juice cocktail for the wine.

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Rhubarb Custard Bars

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Rhubarb Custard Bars

At only 131 calories per bar, this delightful treat will curb your sweet tooth without sending you running for the gym later.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Rhubarb Chutney

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Grilled Pork Chops with Rhubarb Chutney

A simple jelly-and-mustard glaze coats pork chops that are topped with a sweet-tart chutney. Serve with rice or couscous to soak up all the sauce.

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Lattice-Topped Rhubarb Pie

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Lattice-Topped Rhubarb Pie

Worth the time and effort in the kitchen, this rhubarb pie is as wonderful to look at as it is to eat.

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Rhubarb-Sour Cream Snack Cake with Walnut Streusel

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Rhubarb-Sour Cream Snack Cake with Walnut Streusel

Well-chopped rhubarb offers bursts of tartness in this moist, spicy coffee cake. Serve with brunch, as a sweet snack, or as a light spring dessert for guests.

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Honey-Rhubarb Crumble

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Honey-Rhubarb Crumble

There’s something so delicious about this rhubarb crumble that you’ll wind up wanting more. Top with a scoop of frozen yogurt for the perfect sweet-tart dessert.

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Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Raspberry-Rhubarb Compote

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Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Raspberry-Rhubarb Compote

This compote uses frozen fruit, which is as nutritious as fresh and readily available in winter. The honeyed yogurt offers a sweet balance for the tangy compote, which can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to one week. While Greek yogurt offers a thicker base for the topping, plain low-fat yogurt can be substituted, if desired.

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Citrusy Rhubarb Sorbet

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Citrusy Rhubarb Sorbet

A refreshing frozen dessert, enjoyed by the spoonful, is a satisfying ending to a delicious dinner. Garnish with mint sprigs and strips of orange rind for a festive display.

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Rhubarb-Lentil Soup with Crème Fraîche

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Rhubarb-Lentil Soup with Crème Fraîche

Soaking the lentils in hot water helps them cook a bit more quickly when they're added to the soup. Because of rhubarb's likeness to the tangy herb sorrel, this dish plays off classic lentil-sorrel soup.

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Seared Duck Breast with Ginger-Rhubarb Sauce

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Seared Duck Breast with Ginger-Rhubarb Sauce

The sweet, spicy heat from the ginger preserves is balanced by tart rhubarb and wine. The flavor of ginger preserves is close to that of crystallized ginger. Serve this dish over creamy polenta with steamed baby bok choy.

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