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Sunchoke Serving Suggestions

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• Peel and chunk sunchokes, simmer in water with a squeeze of lemon until just tender about 10 minutes, drain and dress with lemon juice, olive oil, and chopped parsley. Add cubed avocado and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

• Cook sunchokes with potatoes, onions, celery, and herbs. Purée and add milk, cream, or butter to taste. This is called Palestine soup.

• Gently cook thinly slice sunchokes in butter for 5 minutes, add chicken stock to cover, simmer until tender, then add heavy cream, a little nutmeg and a squeeze of lemon juice.

• Grate carrots and sauté them gently while you grate chokes into acidulated water. When the carrots are almost tender, squeeze sunchokes dry, add them to the carrots and stir-fry until tender.

• Boil sunchokes with their skins in slightly salted water with a teaspoon of oil for 15 minutes, Peel and mash; add butter and chopped parsley, sorrel or chive for seasoning.

• Mash sunchokes with potatoes.

• Add raw sunchokes to salads.

• Add thin sliced sunchokes to a tray of raw vegetables.

• Use sunchokes as a substitute for water chestnuts in Asian dishes.

• Deep fry thin slices to make nutty chips.

• Make savory pancakes by shredding sunchokes and combining them with flour, egg and shredded onion.

• Roast tossed with oil.

• Cook until tender then serve cooled and sliced in a salad.

• Serve peeled raw with mushrooms and a vinaigrette dressing.

• Cook and then purée sunchokes.

• Sauté sunchoke slices with tomatoes or toss them with butter and seasoning as a side dish with meat or poultry.

• Use sunchokes as an extender in meat loaf.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. Harvesttotable.com has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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