Savor It: Exploring Rhubarb’s Savory Side

Everybody has a different side to them. Though we treat rhubarb like a sweetheart most of the time, the tangy delight can help amplify a host of savory dishes. Prove to your customers that rhubarb isn’t a one trick pony by trying out these dishes in your kitchen.

Lentil Soup With Rhubarb

Lentils are no stranger to tangy fruits. Although tamarind may be the go-to choice of middle-eastern cuisine, it can be hard to source it in the states, which is why we enjoy substituting rhubarb into our lentils. Not only will it bring the satisfyingly sour notes associated with tamarind, but it can improve the nutritional profile of your dish as well, since rhubarb is rich in various vitamins and minerals.

Rhubarb Chutney

Move aside mango, there’s a new contender for the chutney throne. Although leaning slightly more towards the sweet side, the tangy undercurrents of rhubarb chutney really shine when added to savory dishes like roast chicken or lamb. Don’t forget to add a little heat too; a dash of red pepper flakes can help bring the whole sauce together.

Rhubarb Stuffing

You heard us right. The little red stalk so commonly used in pies and baked goods is phenomenal in Thanksgiving’s premier savory side dish. We usually opt for a southern inspired stuffing, so try using cornbread instead of regular bread cubes. Either serve it on its own or pair it with your favorite bird.

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Chicken With Rhubarb Butter

Who said rhubarb can’t be classy too? Highlight your rhubarb by sautéing it in a saucepan with some citrus juice and ginger and then adding it to regular butter. Rhubarb butter is an intriguing mix of sour and sweet flavors and can serve as a meat tenderizer due to the citrus. We particularly enjoy using it to baste chicken, but you can use the spread in place of butter in most dishes!

  • Pro Tip: For a sweeter take, try working with the well-worn combination of strawberries and rhubarb.

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

A nice tang is key to a fantastic barbecue sauce, so naturally, rhubarb can play with the best of em. Be sure to boil your rhubarb before adding it to your sauce however, as this will help temper down overtly tart flavors. Otherwise, feel free to add it to your favorite southern style sauce and don’t forget to lather it up on your next BBQ dish!