Friday, June 17, 2011

FFWD Roasted Rhubarb

Ice cream with Roasted Rhubarb….YUM!

Happy Friday! This week on French Friday's we are making Roasted Rhubarb! When I first saw the name of this recipe, I didn't think sweet and I wasn't really excited about making it. Don't get me wrong, I love rhubarb! When I was a child I used to pick stalks and nibble on them. They always made my mouth pucker like eating a sour apple or sucking on a slice of lemon. I have always enjoyed that tart sour taste. One of my favorite desserts happens to be strawberry-rhubarb pie. My lack of excitement with the name of this dish came more from what I assumed this was going to be. But when I read the recipe through (which I should have done before I passed my judgement) and saw it was roasted with sugar, I was delighted. I thought of ways to improve it…like adding strawberries! Remember, one of my favorite desserts is strawberry-rhubarb pie. In the end, I followed Dorie's recipe and was so glad I did! This was very easy to put together!  Yesterday afternoon, while I was in my garden, I picked some rhubarb to use in this dish.  It felt so good not to go to the store to make a Dorie recipe! Before I made dinner I washed and trimmed the rhubarb. I placed the rhubarb in the casserole dish and added the sugar and zest.  I used both orange and lemon zest. I let it set for 5 minutes, covered it with foil and popped it in the oven. It was that easy! It was done in 15 minutes. I let it cool and used it as a topping on our ice cream for dessert! OMG!! Delicious! I have never made any thing like this before.  I consider this more of a stewed rhubarb rather then roasted. But whatever you consider it…consider it worth making! I know it will be making an appearance on my summer table quite often!  Dorie was right, a healthy topping for anything! Put it on cake, ice cream, yogurt, the possibilities are endless….Well you know what I mean! Ok, I know...I'm getting carried away!

This recipe is from the Dorie Greenspan cookbook "Around My French Table" and you can find it Here where Dorie shared it on her blog. To see how other FFWD cooks made theirs...check out French Fridays with Dorie!

The rhubarb in my garden


Rhubarb with zest

Sugar added

Just out of the oven….Yum!

20 comments:

  1. Hmm, seeing your pictures makes me wonder if I did something wrong with the recipe. I did not get nearly as much juice out of my rhubarb as you did. Oh well.

    Your photos are lovely, and how nice that you got to use ingredients out of your own garden!

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  2. Rhubarb just begs to be friends with strawberries, doesn't it?
    How great that you had your own to use. MMMMM

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  3. Your pictures are beautiful! I used mine in tarts, because we had no ice cream, but I agree it would be delicious for a topping for many things!

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  4. I love seeing your rhubarb in the garden, so sunny and such a pretty photo;-)
    I love stewed or roasted rhubarb, I've always had it plain will have to try with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, that looks so delicious;-)

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  5. Lucky Kathy! I wasn't able to make the roasted rhubarb, but loved reading about yours. I might have to plant my own little patch in the backyard or in a planter in the balcony.

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  6. OMG, if I could make this for John for his B-day coming up he would flip. It sounds easy enuff the only problem is I don't have a garden. He loves rhubarb just like you do. Your garden is gorgeous! That grew fast!

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  7. Yay! Another Dorista who served this with ice cream. Great post and photos!

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  8. Hi Kathy! Your rhubarb looks so much healthier (and sunnier) than mine. I like the idea of both lemon and orange zest. I only had lemon. I did really love this one. Similar to stewed (mine didn't keep its shape), but so much easier. This will be a repeater...
    I'm making your taboouleh tomorrow. Can't wait. Have a great weekend.

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  9. I don't know what I did wrong - other than my rhubarb was pretty much on the "green" side overall....but I am going back to try it again. I thought it was a fluke that I found the last four stalks at the store but Nana went out today to get more and actually went to 5 different stores (St. Nana) because we have the "teenager" coming back tonight. Not a stalk to be found. But we will be revisiting this again. Great photos - thanks for sharing !

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  10. Your rhubarb plants look lovely! I'd love to try growing rhubarb. This was a keeper recipe for sure. I'll be ready for it next year when the rhubarb starts showing up in the stores.

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  11. Well, I said it to Besty and I am saying it to you - this had to taste even better with rhubarb from your garden. How lucky you are!

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  12. How fun to harvest your rhubarb right before cooking it! I have a little bit left over that I'm going to eat on top of ice cream tonight - I can't wait!

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  13. Oh, yeah, I can see this on pound cake, too, yum! You're so lucky with your rhubarb crop...mmmmm.

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  14. How neat that you grew your own rhubarb! I think it must be a regional thing - I never grew up eating it, so I passed on this recipe. However, I love strawberries & could be persuaded to try your pie! Have a lovely weekend!

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  15. Kathy-You have gorgeous rhubarb growing in your garden...it is so amazing! I would love to plant some to see how they turn out!
    Thanks for accepting the awards...you are so unique and talented, so different from the hum-drum of the blog industry!

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  16. Oh my I'm dreaming about your rhubarb...it looks so wonderful...way better than the slimy expensive stuff I tried hard to use and ended up cutting so much way to find the good parts that I just gave up and made it into pies. Well, I could have provided fresh zest...too bad you are so far away. Your rhubarb looks perfect and makes my mouth water.

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  17. I love that you just went out to your garden and picked the rhubarb. You will be enjoying this all summer! Great post.

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  18. Lucky you to still have rhubarb in your garden! Ours is all finished, and I'm missing it already. I had to break down and buy some for this, and I'm glad I did. Delicious!

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  19. looks delicious, that is a great topping wow, I believed that rhubarb has a great health benefits is contains lots of vitamins and cutting cancer risks.

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  20. You have inspired rhubarb lust! I had to buy mine at the store. Maybe next spring, if I think ahead...

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