This strikingly colorful dessert pairs tart rhubarb with rich Greek-style yogurt and meaty pistachios. Use a light-colored honey that won’t dull the rhubarb’s bright hue. If you are using regular yogurt, start this recipe the night before so that it can strain overnight.–Louisa Shafia
LC Harnessing Rhubarb Note
A show of hands, er, comments please. How many of you have ever attempted to harness rhubarb’s tartness in a savory, rather than a sweet, recipe?
Rhubarb and Pistachios over Thick Yogurt Recipe
Hands-On Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes, not including cooling | Serves 4
- 4 stalks rhubarb, ends and leaves trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup light-colored honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 2 cups Greek-style yogurt, or 4 cups regular yogurt, drained overnight (see Note)
- 1/2 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 1. Cut the rhubarb into 1-inch pieces and place in a small saucepan with 1/4 cup water. Cover and bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally. When the rhubarb starts to soften, after about 5 minutes, stir in the cardamom, nutmeg, and salt. Break up any large pieces of rhubarb with a wooden spoon. Continue to simmer, covered, until the rhubarb is completely softened, about 4 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey and vanilla extract. Let cool.
- 2. Just before serving, stir the rose water into the rhubarb. Place 1/2 cup of yogurt in each bowl and top with a few tablespoons of the rhubarb. Scatter a few tablespoons of pistachios over the top.
- If you’re draining yogurt, you’ll need to start the night before you serve it. To convert 1 cup of regular yogurt to 1/2 cup of thick Greek-style yogurt, set a a strainer over a bowl and line it with a clean, lint-free dish towel or a coffee filter and pour in 1 cup of yogurt. Place the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, discard the liquid that has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl. Scrape the thickened yogurt from the strainer into a serving bowl(s).
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Rhubarb and Pistachios over Thick Yogurt Recipe © 2009 Louisa Shafia. Photo © 2009 Jennifer Martiné. All rights reserved.