Roasted Rhubarb With Maple Syrup

ROASTED RHUBARB WITH MAPLE SYRUP
Makes 4 servings

This will appease anyone leery of rhubarb for anything other than dessert. Serve with any delicate white fish, such as cod or sole.

1 pound rhubarb, ends and thick strings trimmed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon, or to taste

Cut the rhubarb into 1/4-inch slices to make 4 cups.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the rhubarb and sugar to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary, until the rhubarb is tender and literally falling apart and the consistency of applesauce, about 20 minutes. Add lemon juice to taste.