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A Tart and Tangy Treat

June 6, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

When my local farmers’ market opened a few weeks ago, one of the first things I snatched up was rhubarb, a vegetable whose tangy flavor and crisp texture is a favorite of myself and my husband. Images of a classic strawberry rhubarb pie danced in my head, but alas, strawberries were not yet in season. So, I decided to try something different and use the rhubarb in a savory dish instead. I figured the flavor would pair well with the pork chops I already had in the freezer (it would also work well with chicken), so I set about finding a way to prepare my stalks and create a delicious dinner. I came across a picked rhubarb recipe, tweaked it a bit, and came out with a fabulous, simple dish.

Grilled Pork Chops with Quick Rhubarb Pickle

4 pork chops

1 lb rhubarb stalks, chopped into ½” pieces

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 cup brown sugar (more if you’re not a fan of very tart pickles)

1 T kosher salt

About 10-12 whole cloves or ½ tsp ground

2 whole allspice berries or about 1/8 tsp ground

Bring vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices to a boil and stir until sugar and salt dissolve (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat.

Place rhubarb in a heatproof bowl. Strain the pickling liquid through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the solid spices and pour the liquid over the rhubarb in the bowl. Allow the rhubarb to cool.

Grill the pork chops until done. Spoon the cooled pickle over them and enjoy!

Cook’s Notes

The pickle can be stored for a week in a container in the refrigerator

Pickled rhubarb is also excellent with cheeses (especially sharp cheddar) or in salads

Healthy Roundup

Like most vegetables, rhubarb is seriously good for you. One cup of it supplies 105 mg of calcium, slightly more than 10% of an adult’s recommended daily value. It also contains Lutein, a compound that helps protect your skin and eyes and neutralizes free radicals. In addition, rhubarb is high in vitamin K and antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which promote the health of your heart, eyes, and immune system.

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