Sunchokes are one of the most under-utilized ingredients of the fall and winter. It could partly have to do with their strangely gnarled appearance. Or maybe it's their flavor, which is somewhere between potato and jicama, with the sweetness and crunchiness of the latter. It's best as soup, and even better when it's been caramelized in a bit of brown butter before turning it into said soup.
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A smooth sunchoke soup flavored with brown butter and served with crispy bacon and brussels sprouts.
As we've surely all learned by now, applying generous amounts of oil and salt to vegetables is
usually always a good call. At Fedora they do plenty of that.
Turning sunchokes into a creamy soup is perhaps the most classic way of utilizing this lovely vegetable, but there are many other good options. In this recipe they're transformed into a smooth paté and served with one of the most quintessentially Scandinavian foods out there: smoked salmon. These two leading acts work extremely well together, and supported by some oven roasted crisp bread and dill becomes a charming plate of Scandinavian flavors.
[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger] I'd never even held a sunchoke in my hands until I scooped up a pound or so last weekend at my brand new local co-op, The Dill Pickle Food Co-op (Chicagoans take note, it's in Logan Square)....