I was wandering through Whole Foods the other day and happened to see some beautiful stalks of rhubarb for sale. It’s not something I grew up eating, but over the past few years, I’ve really learned to appreciate it.
On it’s own, it’s quite bitter. But add some sweetener, and it’s a whole other ballgame!
Most folks tend to add strawberries when making something with rhubarb. The flavors go well together and when boiling this down, it offers up some natural pectin for thickening too. But I wanted to use this for pork chops, so I didn’t really need it to be all that thick. I also didn’t want to add extra carbs. If you wanted to turn this into a jam, adding a small amount of good quality gelatin would be a good option.
But truly, this is a compote, not a jam. It does thicken up a bit when chilled, but keep in mind that if you use erythritol as a sweetener, the erythritol will crystalize again once cold. So you have the option of using a different low carb sweetener, or serving this warm the way I did.
This is great over pork chops, chicken or even a light flavored fish like cod. It’s easy to make and ads tons of flavor! And yes, you can even enjoy this like jam over some low carb bread. Talk about a multi-purpose recipe!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE LOW CARB RECIPES:
- 2 cups rhubarb, thinly sliced (about 2 medium/large stalks)
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup erythritol
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. bourbon vanilla extract (regular vanilla works too)
- Place all ingredients into a pot.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the liquid down by about three fourths.
- When it's done, you won't see much liquid left. Just the rhubarb. It will thicken up when chilled.
- Transfer to a food-safe container and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
- Note that you will want to warm this up again to serve it. Particularly if you use erythritol. If you intend to use it more like jam, I recommend a different low carb sweetener of your choosing to replace the erythritol completely.
Nutrition Data According To MyFitnessPal.com
(May not be totally accurate):
Data based on a 1 cup yield.
Total sugar alcohols: 12
Total net carb per serving: 1
Serving size: 2 tbsp.