Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pinspiration: Rhubarb - No Longer Just for Pies

It's that time of year when berries are in season and people start to think about making jams or pies.  One of the usual ingredients in summer desserts is rhubarb, but this tart veggie has a wide range of uses beyond the pie tin.

If you've never cooked with rhubarb, the stalk should be bright and have crispness similar to celery.  Rhubarb cooked without a sweetener is very tart and only a few select people in the population find it tasty. Instead of just adding sugar, consider honey, maple syrup, agave or even a seasoning such as orange peels for a touch of sweetness.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes we have found on Pinterest to inspire your next rhubarb kitchen creation!

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
Who doesn't crave a little tang with their sweetness? Barbecue sauce is a bit sweet and sugary by nature and the perfect complement to fresh stalks of tart rhubarb.  This recipe by Dinner with Julie is the ideal condiment for your next summer backyard get together.

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Dinner with Julie

Rhubarb Salsa
Bring a new flavor to your dinner table with rhubarb. This tasty recipe from YumSugar.com pairs the tart veggie with crisp cucumbers, cilantro and lime for the perfect complement to chicken.

Rhubarb Salsa - Chicken Thighs Recipe
Recipe: YumSugar.com


Rhubarb Smoothies
Looking for a cool way to celebrate summer! Rhubarb contains Vitamins A and C along with calcium and potassium - making it the perfect ingredient to your morning smoothie, like this one from Marie Claire's website.

Rhubarb Smoothies - Smoothie Recipe
Recipe: Marie Claire

Rhubarb Clafouti
Looking for a baked dish? According to The Kitchn, "Clafouti is that brilliant French dessert made by pouring an eggy batter over fresh fruit. This bakes into a soft, vanilla-scented custard that is firm enough to serve in slices but soft enough to eat with a spoon." Add a bit of rhubarb and you have a tangy dish sure to please.

Rhubarb Recipes
Recipe: The Kitchn

Here's to a sweet and tangy summer!
-- Weegee Sachtjen

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