Rhubarb-Ginger Jam and Blue Cheese Crostini

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By Lisa Cassell-Arms Recipes for Rhubarb-Ginger Jam abound.  This one has only three ingredients and is foolproof.  It’s sweet-tart, really tasty and you can use it in sweet or savory dishes. If you have a batch of rhubarb that's very red, you will get a lovely pink jam. Mine is mostly green, so hence- green jam. It turns out that the red color doesn't mean the rhubarb is sweeter or riper, it's simply a different variety - red or green, they both work equally well.  Here I've used it to top a blue cheese crostini.  The combination of sweet/tart jam with the salty blue is delightful.  You can also use the jam on scones, muffins or toast, or swirl it into Greek yogurt. Or, use it as a glaze for pork or chicken, or as a foil for blue cheese or paté smeared on a baguette.  The tart jam and salty blue cheese of this crostini call out for a lively and sweet aperitif- try a splash of Duet Ice Wine over ice.

Rhubarb crostini and jam

Rhubarb crostini and jam

Rhubarb-Ginger Jam

4 cups Rhubarb, chopped 2 3/4 cups sugar 1/4 cup fresh ginger, finely grated

Put all ingredients in a heavy bottom saucepan and heat over medium-high.  Stir frequently until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to bubble.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and stir frequently for about 20 minutes, allowing mixture to thicken.

Test the temperature with a candy thermometer- when it reads about 220 degrees F, remove the pot from the heat and pour into clean jar or heat-proof bowl and cool.

Rhubarb-Ginger Jam and Blue Cheese Crostini

1/2 baguette, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 4 oz. good blue cheese Handful of fresh arugula 1/4 cup rhubarb ginger jam

Toast the baguette slices in a grill pan over medium high heat.  Brush each slice with olive oil and top with crumbled blue cheese.  Arrange a leaf or two of arugula on the cheese and top with a small dollop of rhubarb-ginger jam.

Serve with Duet Ice Wine over ice.

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Rhubarb-Ginger Jam and Blue Cheese Crostini

Rhubarb-Ginger Jam and Blue Cheese Crostini