Jerusalem Artichoke soup

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Jerusalem artichokes.

You’re deceiving little buggers.

Neither an artichoke

Nor from Jerusalem

and dressed like a ginger.

Who do you think you are?

Yes, delicious is what you are.

In this smooth and velvety soup.

You had me at hello.

But buyer beware.

Eat this soup alone or with very familiar companions.

Not on a first date.

It has the same effect as beans.

If you know what I mean :)

jerusalem artichoke soup

serves 4

what you need:

  • 750 g jerusalem artichokes, peeled and cubed (keep one small artichoke aside for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large leek, finely sliced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 very small potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed
  • 2tbsp of heavy/thickened cream (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • handful of hazelnuts, toasted in the oven and skins rubbed off if possible

what to do:

In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the vegetables and cook until softened.

Add the thyme

Add the the stock and cook for about 25 mins.  The jerusalem artichokes and potato should be very soft by now and can be smushed easily with a spoon.

With a handheld blender or your standard blender, blend the soup until completely smooth.  If using a standard blender, let the soup cool for a bit before blending.

Stir through the cream if you using.

Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with chopped toasted hazelnuts and small cubes of raw jerusalem artichokes.

If you prefer you can leave out the raw jerusalem artichokes but they have a cool texture kinda like water chestnuts.

 

 

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  • http://cookinwluv.blogspot.com/ Javelin Warrior

    I never knew what Jerusalem artichokes were and I’d never seen a photo of them before – but I love this soup! It looks so creamy and it’s so beautifully photographed. I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thank you so much for keeping me inspired with such delicious creations…

    • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

      Thanks JW, you should definitely try this one when Jerusalem Artichokes come in season in your neck of the woods. It has such an interesting flavour that I’m sure you will get addicted to as I did. Thanks for the link back x

  • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

    I have only recently discovered jerusalem artichokes and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out for all these years. Try and get your hands on some and give it a crack, I’m sure you’ll love it.

  • Orchidea

    I love jerusalem artichoke… this soup looks nice.
    Ciao

    • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

      Thanks for popping in Orchidea!

  • Laura in Milwaukee

    Hi! I found you off Tastespotting and made this tonight for lunches this week. Tastes great and very easy! Thanks!

    • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

      Oh yay! Love it when someone across the other side of the world makes one of my recipes! That’s awesome. Don’t you just LOVE easy and delicious recipes x