We have an absolutely wonderful next-door neighbor. She has blown snow out of our driveway when Jeff was unable to, she has saved Calvin’s bike from sitting out on the sidewalk overnight, and she brings us rhubarb from her garden each summer. When she first brought over a bag, I was a little skeptical about it. I don’t remember ever eating rhubarb and I was unsure how to prepare it or if I’d even like it! Well, she addressed that, too, and brought over a wonderful recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from Ina Garten. I’ve made it now for three years in a row and it is the best. (Well, I don’t have much to compare it to, but it is good enough that I am not exploring other options!)
If you haven’t had rhubarb before, it looks a bit like pink celery, but it is tart and flavorful. It’s great for desserts, pies, jellies, and jams. It’s often paired with strawberries, which I enjoy because the sweetness of the strawberries balances out the rhubarb. In turn, the rhubarb keeps the strawberries and added sugar from being overly sweet. It’s just a great combination.
If you’re eating rhubarb from a garden, make sure you remove all of the leaves (they are poisonous) and wash the stalks thoroughly.
This recipe does call for added sugar, but you can always adjust the amount if the strawberries are sweet and at their prime. Sometimes I’ve added a little less sugar than the recipe called for.
Other than the fact that its delicious, this strawberry rhubarb crisp is also easy to make. The bulk of the time is spent chopping the rhubarb and strawberries. Fresh ingredients are just beautiful, aren’t they?
Once the filling is done, I mixed up the crumble part of the “crisp.” I suppose it could be called a crumble or a crisp? Like sofa and couch?
Pair the buttery, crispy topping with the fruit and it’s just heavenly.
And we like our strawberry rhubarb crisp served warm with ice cream. The first year I made it, Jeff said it is one of his new favorites.
My neighbor just brought over a big batch of rhubarb, so strawberry rhubarb crisp is on the menu this week! (The pictures are of one I made last year and just never shared here on the blog.)
You can find the full, printable recipe for Ina Garten’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp HERE.
You can find more summer recipes and decorating ideas from the archives of my blog HERE.