I was given a bag of organic Jerusalem artichokes grown in a local allotment. Although it’s still a mystery why they are called artichokes, as they are more likely to come from potato family; and why they are ‘Jerusalem’, if they are originated from North America and has nothing to do with Holy Land.
However, I know that one of the best options to appreciate the delicate, sweet and slightly nutty flavour of this wonderful vegetable is soup.
JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE SOUP
(Adapted from BBC Food)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
5-7 (depends on the size) artichokes, peeled, chopped
100ml white wine
300-400ml chicken or vegetable stock
50ml double cream
salt and pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter (do not allow to burn). Add the onion, cook gently until it has softened.
- Add the garlic, cook for another two minutes.
- Then add the artichokes, white wine and stock, continue to cook for 15 minutes or until the artichoke has softened. Pour the mixture in to the blender, add cream and blend mixture until smooth.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.