I have been a huge fan lately of making lots of flavored oils, sauces and relishes to dress up any variety of ingredients that get thrown together for dinner. I usually make a relatively large batch for use throughout the week. This relish will keep for a week covered in the fridge. If kept for longer it might just need a little perk up with a splash of vinegar- remember that cold dulls foods flavor so if serving room temperature, don’t adjust the seasoning until the relish has shaken off its chill.
Here I use the sweetness of the candied ginger and honey to balance the tartness of the rhubarb. The Chinese 5 Spice and orange anchor the astringent flavors of the relish as a whole.
- ½ lb. rhubarb, trimmed and washed
- ½ C candied ginger
- 1 orange, zest and juice
- 1 T honey
- ¼ tsp Chinese 5 spice
- 2 pinches salt
- ¼ C olive oil
- Cut the rhubarb thinly
- Slice the candied ginger into slivers
- Toss all together and let sit for an hour before serving