The usual maple glazed roasted carrots were not on the menu this week. Instead, it was the favourite carrot-based smoothie with apple, orange, banana, mango, ginger, and kale with some added chia and flaxmeal. It was quite good!
All about Sunchoke/Jerusalem Artichoke
Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, have a crisp, clean flavor reminiscent of water chestnuts. This native North American tuber is a member of the sunflower family and looks like a cross between ginger root and a potato.
Sunchokes don’t need to be peeled; their thin skin is packed with nutrients. Clean them by scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Trim to a similar size for even cooking. Once cut, use immediately; the flesh browns when exposed to air. Do not prepare in aluminum or iron cookware, as the flesh will turn gray.
Among the most versatile of tubers, sunchokes are terrific raw, adding crisp flavor and crunch to salads. Slice and sauté for a crunchy snack. When baked, steamed, or stir-fried, the sunchoke takes on a rich, buttery texture and makes for a filling side dish. They’re frequently pickled in the southern United States. Bonus: Sunchokes are loaded with fiber, iron, and potassium.
Sunchoke and Parsnip Soup topped with Crispy Mushrooms
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, cut into a large dice
3 stalks celery, diced (TapRoot tip: substitute celeriac!)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups peeled parsnips, cut into a large dice
2 cups sunchokes, skin-on, cut into a large dice
1 quart vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chives, chopped (garnish)
FOR CRISPY MUSHROOMS:
2 portobello mushrooms, sliced 1/4" thick
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
For the mushrooms: Preheat oven to 400. Gently toss mushrooms in oil, until lightly coated. Spread onto baking sheet in single layer. Roast for approximately 20 minutes, or until mushrooms are crispy. Check occasionally to prevent over-crisping.
For the soup: Sautée onions in olive oil until translucent. Stir in celery and garlic. Cook until vegetables soften.
Add parsnips, sunchokes and stock. Simmer for 30 minutes.
In batches, blend soup until it's as smooth as possible.
Add salt and pepper to taste, top with chives and crispy mushrooms.
We chop up all of the root veggies (this time we used turnip, potatoes
and carrots) and cook them for 45 mins in a casserole dish (covered
with foil) with a half cup of chicken stock, garlic, pepper, and
whatever other spices we want.. Then we brown the sausage coil, cut it
up into reasonable pieces and finish cooking that in the oven for
another 25 mins after the first 45 mins is up.
Lyle and Laura are CSA members and Lyle sells at the Hammonds Plains Market, next to the TapRoot/Noggins table! We love what he does with our veggies and Noggins fruit!
Pan seared digby scallops flambed with Madiera Wine placed inside an Easter spring vegetable salad nest of Julienne ( thin matchstick slices) of Taproot Farms Carrot, Celery root, cucumber, apple, in a creamy organic yogurt dressing. Drizzled with Local Haskap Berry Vinaigrette.
Just wanted to thank you for including the link to the sunchoke soup recipe. I topped the bowls with pancetta and finely chopped nuts and seeds.
Looking forward to also trying soup with celeriac and apple. This CSA journey is a real adventure!