Jerusalem Artichokes may not be much to look at, but beneath that knobbly exterior is a nutty, sweet and earthy treat. This velvety smooth Jerusalem Artichoke soup is topped with mushrooms and watercress for a complete meal in a bowl.
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Jerusalem Artichokes, also called Sunchokes, are a member of the sunflower family, and resemble nothing of the green flowering Globe Artichokes that they happen to share a name with. Gnarly and nobbly, just like ginger, they aren’t the prettiest thing out there, but are so worth getting your hands on if you can.
Cut into a Jeruslam Artichoke, and the texture is similar to water chestnuts, while the creamy flesh is slightly sweet and earthy flavourwise, with, I think at least, a slight smokiness. This earthy sweetness works beautifully in this soup along with the mushrooms and the slight pepperiness of watercress. If you don’t feel like frying up mushrooms, a little truffle oil would be fantastic drizzled on top.
I’ve used some potato in this soup to balance out the earthiness of the artichokes, but, if you love bolder flavours, feel free to replace the potato with more artichoke.
So tell me, have you tried Jerusalem Artichoke? What are your favourite Jerusalem Artichoke recipes?
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Mushrooms & Watercress
- 600 g Jerusalem artichokes 1 1/3 pounds
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 2 g onions diced
- 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 200 g waxy potatoes peeled and cut into 2cm (3/4 inch) cubes, 1/2 pound
- 750 cups mls vegetable stock 3
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup swiss brown mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 cup watercress
- leaves thyme
- extra virgin olive oil to serve
- Scrub the artichokes to remove any dirt. It's up to you whether you peel them. I've made this soup with peeled and unpeeled artichoke and prefer the artichoke to be peeled both from a colour perspective and flavourwise as the peeled artichoke is less bitter. Chop the artichoke into 2 cm, <g class="gr_ gr_278 gr-alert gr_spell ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="278" data-gr-id="278">3 inch</g> cubes.
- Place 2 tbs of olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat and add the onions. Season the onions with salt, and cook, slowly, until soft. Don't rush the onions by turning up the heat as the <g class="gr_ gr_270 gr-alert gr_spell ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="270" data-gr-id="270">slow cooked</g> onions are much sweeter and more flavourful.
- Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add the artichoke and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes before adding the vegetable stock. Season and bring to a simmer. Cook until the potato and artichoke <g class="gr_ gr_284 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar multiReplace" id="284" data-gr-id="284">is</g> tender.
- I prefer the silky smoothness that blended soups have, so I leave my soup to cool for 20 minutes before blending. If you don't have a blender, or don't want to wait, use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. Check the seasonings and adjust as necessary. Keep warm while you cook the mushrooms.
- Place a frying pan over a medium-high heat and add 1tbs olive oil. Add half the mushrooms, making sure they are not overlapping, and fry on each side for 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly golden before turning. Season with salt and pepper just before removing from the pan. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms.
- To <g class="gr_ gr_274 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="274" data-gr-id="274">serve</g> divide the soup between serving bowls and top with mushrooms and watercress. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of thyme leaves.