Southern—Rhubarb Pie

 

Southern Dessertrhubarb pie

Rhubarb Pie
(Serves 8 )

A Southern favorite—sweet-sour and delicious. If straight rhubarb isn't your thing, add strawberries to sweeten the pie. *


3-4 C raw rhubarb stems (cut into 1/2” pieces)
1½ C sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T melted butter
9” double shell pie crust (see sidebar)

Preheat oven to 400.Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to blend and let stand 15 minutes.

Spoon into prepared pie shell (frozen or homemade—see sidebar), top with 2nd crust and crimp edges. Brush with a little milk, sprinkle with sugar, and prick holes with fork. Bake 50-55 minutes till crust is brown.

* Make it a Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie by substituting 1 or 2 cups of sliced fresh strawberries for rhubarb.

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Tips & Glossary

Basic southern cuisine differs from its Cajun, Creole, and Southwestern cousins in its lack of hot spices. As a result, it's rich but mild—the ultimate in comfort food!

Crabmeat: meat from the body, legs or claws of numerous varieties of crab. Most prized is jumbo lump from the hind leg. But for crab cakes and casseroles, use regular lump, as well as finback from the body. Claw meat is brown and stronger flavored, though also good for crab recipes. Buy it fresh if you can.

Greens: a staple in Southern cooking, they're in the cabbage family and include kale, collards, turnip, spinach, and mustard greens. Usually served with black-eyed peas and cornbread to sop up the pot likker.

Grits: another staple of Southern cooking: coarsely ground corn, cooked as porridge. Once cooked, grits are served plain, baked in a casserole, fried or deep-fried as a fritter. (Think polenta.)

Pie Crust: store bought crusts are fine. But for the skilled (or more daring) among you, make your own. Here's our recipe—Noel's Pie Crust.

Yams: a type of sweet potato with an elongated shape and deep orange flesh. A true yam is grown in Africa and Asia is actually quite different from what Americans call yams.

 

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