Far be it for us to ever tell someone to ditch a pie recipe (after all, pie is a food group, right?), but rhubarb can be used for so much more! It's natural tang lends to a nice pairing with sweetness, saltiness and a variety of spices. We serve this compote in the deli over pork roast, but you could also make bruschetta with it! Try topping slices of toasted baguette with the compote and a salty goat or feta cheese.
To make this compote you will need: 1 pound of rhubarb trimmed into half inch slices 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped 1 tablespoon capers 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar, raisins, vinegar, ginger, capers, chili flakes and black pepper. Cook ingredients, stirring constantly, until the liquid has reduced by half, about 5-10 minutes. Add rhubarb to pot and cook until the rhubarb begins to break down and the mixture is syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let cool and serve. The compote will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.