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.
Strawberry Rhubarb Trifle
The combination of tart strawberries and rhubarb balance out the sweetness from the custard and create one wow-worthy presentation that will impress your guests.
Rhubarb-Basil Shrub Cocktails
Vinegar extracts and retains flavor from fresh fruits and herbs while dissolving sugar to create a sweet-tart vinegar simply syrup. A mixture of frozen rhubarb, fresh basil, and sugar need to refrigerate for 24 hours, so be sure to plan accordingly.
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.
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.
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.
Rhubarb Jam Cheesecakes
Pull a cake out when you start making dinner, and it'll be ready for dessert. Now that's sweet!
Refrigerated pie dough makes preparing this tasty dessert a snap. Cornstarch and tapioca ensure a velvety filling by thickening the fruit juices.
Grilled Chicken with Spicy Rhubarb-BQ Sauce
When you think rhubarb, you may only think pie, but that's selling it short: The rosy stalk packs enough bright tanginess to transform a variety of dishes. Here, paired with smoky heat and sweet tomato, it makes homemade BBQ sauce sing.
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.
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.
Strawberry and Rhubarb Lemonade
For a refreshing summertime sipper, serve your guests glasses of Strawberry and Rhubarb Lemonade. Tangy rhubarb enhances the puckery punch of this cool cup.
Rhubarb Custard Bars
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.