I know I haven’t been as attentive as promised, it’s just so hard with Steve being gone and I’m sorry. However, this Rhubarb Sauce with (Optional) Bing Cherries is super delicious, easy to make, and very versatile, so I wanted to share.
You can use it in either a sweet or savory position – great on grilled salmon, chicken, or pork, AND great in yogurt or on top of ice cream. Totally yummy, all ways.
Adding the cherries is extra work – to pit and halve them. It’s optional as you don’t really need them but I thought they added a nice full-bodied contrast to the texture of the sauce. And the cherries are nice in either the savory or sweet rendering. I called my good friend, Tiziana, in Italy and chatted for nearly an hour while I pitted and halved cherries and it was a great time for us to catch up on the news on everyone! Put your phone on speaker mode and you’re all set! SWEET!!
Hope all is good in all of your worlds.
Here’s the recipe for the Rhubarb Sauce With (Optional) Bing Cherries. Do make it, it’s so easy, and enjoy! Hurry, before the rhubarb and cherries are out of season.
RHUBARB SAUCE WITH (OPTIONAL) BING CHERRIES – serves 6 – 8
1 lb. fresh rhubarb, washed, cleaned and cut into 1” pieces
1 ½ cups pitted and halved Washington Sweet or Bing cherries
¾ cup of water
¼ tsp. ground allspice
1 bay leaf
1” piece of fresh ginger, finely minced
1 stick of cinnamon
1 star anise
5 Tbs. sugar
Salt to taste – just a little
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
Combine all ingredients, except for the salt and butter, in a saucepan and simmer until all the rhubarb is broken down. The cherries will not break down and that is what gives you the different texture, which is nice. This will take 30 – 45 minutes or so. Stir often while cooking this.
Once the rhubarb is all broken down and you have a nice marmalade texture, remove from heat, add a little salt to taste and swirl in the butter until melted. Remove the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and start anise.
Serve as a puddle on the plate for grilled salmon, sautéed pork chops, or grilled chicken thighs, and then top each item with a little sauce. This is also great stirred into yogurt or on top of ice cream. Only serve with LOVE!