Sunchoke soup with morel mushrooms

For 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz fresh or 1 oz dried morel mushrooms, halved and cleaned
  • 1 lb Jerusalem artichokes/sunchokes, scrubbed or peeled
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Recipe:

  1. In a bowl, mix the lemon juice with cold water.  Thinly slice the sunchokes and immediately immerse them in the bowl of lemon water to keep them from browning. Soak for about 5 minutes then drain
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Saute the shallots for 5 minutes and stir frequently. Add the sliced sun chokes and sauté for another 5 minutes
  3. Add the white wine and cook until it’s evaporated. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and bring it to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, let it simmer for 15 minutes on low heat till the sunchokes are softened
  4. Puree using a food processor or blender then strain using a medium-mesh strainer. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the cream
  5. Heat the remaining tbsp of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Saute the morel mushrooms for 5 mins and season lightly with salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg
  6. Serve the soup in bowls or cups and top with the sautéed mushrooms
  7. Bon appétit! ;)

Serving suggestions: salad, bread, white wine  …

NOTES: Gordon Ramsay’s recipe. Let’s just say the flavor is nutty and earthy. A ‘tasting menu’ item if you are feeling like presenting something ‘exotic’, but the taste wasn’t as lovely as I imagined. Sunchokes are the ginger root-like vegetables in grocery store which are in season during the colder months of the year.  To revive dry mushrooms, soak them in lukewarm water for < 30 minutes. Also, the fresh mushroom to dry mushroom ratio is 1 lb fresh = 3 oz dry. The more I think about it the more I regret wasting my morel mushrooms!!!!! 😦

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Sunchoke soup with morel mushrooms

  1. perhaps this will inspire me to write again…

  2. dearestjean

    maybe after you rock that dance floor 😉 lets see some cool photos first!

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