What is a sunchoke, you say?

We get a CSA box bimonthly around here.  It is terrific for many reasons, but today we are here to chat about one reason in particular.

Who has heard of a sunchoke without Wiki?

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I didn’t think so!

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So, anyway, our CSA box is delivered on Mondays.  We get a rough draft of what is in the box a few days before and an option to modify the contents.  One time recently we forgot to take a look at what was coming.

But, I’m glad, because it gave us the opportunity to try out sunchokes, which I never would have otherwise.

We made a Potato Sunchoke Gratin… {with a side of salmon, yum!}

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves, according to taste
  • 3 teaspoons lemon thyme leaves
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
  • 6 sunchokes, peeled
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  In a small saucepan, combine the stock with the cream, sea salt to taste, and the cloves. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.

Slice the gold potatoes and sunchokes into 1/8-inch slices.   Now, the sunchokes were a bit difficult to peel, and turned brown quicker than I was expecting.  So I would do this right before assemblying the dish for baking.

Place a half-inch layer of potato slices into the baking dish (I used a pie pan actually), sprinkle lightly with salt and a bit of dried thyme. Scatter half of the sunchoke slices over the top, then pour on 1/3rd of the stock/milk mixture. Repeat these layers once again. Finish with another layer of potatoes sprinkled with more thyme. Drizzle the remaining cream on top.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, then reduce the heat to 400 degrees F. and cook for 35 minutes or until fork tender. Rest at room temperature before serving.

Yield: 3 servings 

I modified the recipe found at about.com, and it originally hails from Nick Tischler at Restaurant Zinc.

 

What about you?  have you ever tasted a Sunchoke?

I have to say, they were very tasty and flavorful!  I enjoyed them more then a simple potato!

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