Simply gorgeous! I’ve had this recipe for a couple of years but had difficulty locating the lumpy bumpy tubers called artichokes. Spotted in Waitrose this week, I thought I’d give this a go. Having never tried artichokes, I had no idea what to expect so I was delighted to taste a gorgeous soup that is distinctive, smooth and elegant. We had it for supper but it would make a fabulous (and easy) dinner party starter – give it a go!
What you need…
1 x baking sheet, lined with baking parchment
Juice ½ lemon
500g Jerusalem artichokes
2 teaspoons rapeseed oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 x 140g floury potato, roughly chopped
Sea salt and black pepper
600ml boiling water from the kettle
2 chicken stockpots (I use Knorr)
3 tablespoons double cream
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 rosemary sprig, leaves picked and finely chopped
What to do…
Half-fill a large bowl with tap water and squeeze in the lemon juice. Peel the artichokes and cut them into chunks, chucking them into the lemony water. Toss the peelings into a separate bowl, add the oil and stir in. That’s the prep done!
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the onion, potato, sea salt and black pepper. Drain the artichokes and tip them in as well. Cover the pan and sweat the vegetables over a low heat with the lid on for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Preheat your oven to 200°c / 400°f / gas 6.
Use a balloon whisk to dissolve the stockpots into the boiling water and then pour it over the vegetables. Pop the lid back on and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the artichokes are tender.
Tip the lot into your blender and whizz until smooth. Tip back into the saucepan, stir in the cream, taste and adjust the seasoning to suit.
Meanwhile, prepare the artichoke peelings to garnish. Spread the oiled peelings over your baking tray and pop in the oven for 5 minutes. Turn them over and scatter with Parmesan and rosemary. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
Pour this gorgeous soup into four bowls and garnish with the Parmesan peelings – just divine!
What Jerusalem artichokes are all about…
From the sunflower family and also known as sunchokes, these tubers grow underground and look like large, lumpy, bumpy knobs of ginger. They taste slightly nutty and smoothly savoury: a cross between an artichoke heart and the best potato you’ve ever had!
Really easy; the only tricky and somewhat time-consuming bit is peeling the artichokes because they’re so knobbly.