Though they may not look it, those fibrous rhubarb stalks are one of the most special and versatile ingredients to pop up in spring! While technically a vegetable, rhubarb is often treated like a fruit. 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. It’s a sturdy stalk, so it holds well in long bakes or braises and, of course, cakes and pies. To help get you started, here are 5 sweet and savory rhubarb recipes to try. Just remember that the season is short, so stock up while you can!
This stunning Rhubarb Upside-down Cake from Cooking Light is sure to wow your guests. The recipe notes that a hint of fresh thyme gives this rustic cake a faint herbaceous quality that complements the warmth of cardamom and ginger and the tang of rhubarb. Also, there’s a surprise ingredient in the batter: mayonnaise. This old-school trick gives you a supermoist cake.
This Crispy Rhubarb Lemon Chicken Bake from Cotter Crunch makes an easy one pan meal! A tangy rhubarb marinade helps the chicken caramelize while it bakes and the crispy rhubarb shavings on top add a delightful crunch!
This Baked Salmon and stalks of Rhubarb are roasted together in the oven, then paired with wilted, garlicky chard. This fast and flavorful dinner created by Feasting at Home is simple and ready to eat and enjoy in minutes.
This tart and slightly spicy mostarda from Food & Wine will be the star of your next cheese board, but don’t limit it to just that! The tangy sauce sauce studded with mustard seeds and plump currents is also phenomenal with roast duck, chicken or turkey.
Good things come to those who wait! This recipe from Eating Well may take a bit longer (8 hours) than your average dessert, but much of that time is while your silky panna cottas are setting in the fridge. Here, the buttermilk and half-and-half replace cream for a lighter custard.