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Offline Maverick

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What Is A Sunchoke?
« on: December 10, 2016, 03:57:48 AM »
<div style=\"font-size:14pt;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;color:#ee5624;text-align:left;\">This is a new one on me.  I never new there was a veggies called sunchoke.  It caught my attention in a flyer from our local fresh produce store.</div>
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<p><span><span><span><strong>Sunchokes</strong></span> are a root vegetable of Native American origin. They are crunchy, with a nutty flavor - somewhere between a sunflower seed and an artichoke. </span> </span></p>
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<div><span><span>Toss slices of raw sunchokes into salads, roast them like a potato or use them in soups. For cooking, they are best peeled as the skin will become tough. </span></span></div>
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<span><span>Sunchokes are a diabetic-friendly carbohydrate as their primary source of carbs is inulin which does not affect the blood sugar. </span></span></div>
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What Is A Sunchoke?
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2016, 04:10:13 AM »

   Sunchoke & Brussel Sprout Salad

 



Warm shaved roasted Brussels with crispy sunchokes and a tangy lemon dressing make this a hearty salad bursting with flavour.





   Ingredients
  • 1 cup sunchokes, sliced about â…› inch thick (scrub them pretty well before slicing/using)

  • 2 cup brussels sprouts, thinly sliced (use a mandoline)

  • small handful of baby salad greens

  • combo of olive oil & butter

  • red pepper flakes

  • pine nuts

  • parmesan cheese shavings (optional)

  • salt & pepper

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

  • lemon juice from ½ a lemon

  • drizzle of honey (about ¼ to ½ teaspoon)

  • salt & pepper



   Directions
  1. Whisk together the dressing, taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside.

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  3. Lightly salt the shaved brussels sprouts and sliced sunchokes before you start cooking them.

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  5. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet (use enough just to coat the bottom). When the oil is hot, add the sunchokes and cook them for about 2-4 minutes per side, until they\'re tender and a little bit crispy around the edges. Remove them from the pan when they\'re done.

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  7. Wipe out the same pan, heat more oil and butter. Add the brussels sprouts, cooking for about 2 minutes per side until they start to get a little golden brown on the edges. (Don\'t crowd them in pan - you might have to work in batches). Remove from pan and set aside.

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  9. Toss everything together with some of the dressing. Add as much dressing as you like and serve with extra on the side. Top with pine nuts, red pepper flakes and a few shavings of parmesan if you like.


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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2016, 05:40:09 AM »

I\'ve not seen those in the store, but I\'ve heard of them. I\'ll try anything once. If I ever come across some to buy I\'ll check it out.


I wonder, what does the plant look like?



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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 05:51:25 AM »

They look a bit like ginger.



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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2016, 05:53:04 AM »
Oh, I know what that is now. Jerusalem artichoke.

<a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.harvesttotable.com/2009/03/how_to_grow_sunchoke'>http://www.harvesttotable.com/2009/03/how_to_grow_sunchoke/</a></p>

It looks like the very invasive bulb I've got growing in my yard. Not sure how I got this plant. I've been trying to dig out all the bulbs. It's a very late bloomer and grows as tall as the sunflowers.
<a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke'>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke</a></p>
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2016, 05:54:26 AM »


They look a bit like ginger.




It does and I was going to say that too. Doesn\'t taste like ginger, lol.


I wonder if it tastes like artichoke though?


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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2016, 05:59:09 AM »

Was just looking at the pictures of this plant, Yep, confirmed, it\'s that invasive plant I\'m trying to rid of from my yard. Maybe I should eat the roots when I dig the out instead of throwing them away.



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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2016, 06:02:42 AM »

There\'s a lot of invasive plants that really should be used I suppose....dandelions are another one.



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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2016, 06:13:39 AM »


There\'s a lot of invasive plants that really should be used I suppose....dandelions are another one.




Funny thing about the dandelion, I can buy premade mixed salad greens and eat it, but I just can\'t run out to the yard and pick them for my salads. How about you?


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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2016, 10:53:48 AM »

I use to pick the dandelion greens all the time, for a salad, very good with olive oil on them..



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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2016, 02:43:38 PM »


Funny thing about the dandelion, I can buy premade mixed salad greens and eat it, but I just can\'t run out to the yard and pick them for my salads. How about you?




 


I don\'t grow salad greens anymore, the bugs get them before I do. Never buy bagged salad either, I usually just get romaine, iceburg, kale and wash and mix up my own. You never know if that bagged stuff is thoroughly washed or not. I cut up my own cabbage for slaw too.


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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2016, 04:22:37 AM »


I don\'t grow salad greens anymore, the bugs get them before I do. Never buy bagged salad either, I usually just get romaine, iceburg, kale and wash and mix up my own. You never know if that bagged stuff is thoroughly washed or not. I cut up my own cabbage for slaw too.




Oh, I agree, the bagged stuff I\'m a bit leery about buying these days. I haven\'t bought any in some time. Hubs doesn\'t like the greens. I buy the romaine and sometimes the spinach, boston, or red leaf lettuce. Hubs won;t eat kale either. I think too, he doesn\'t like lettuce grown in the garden. I think he thinks it\'s dirty or something.


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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2016, 08:08:53 AM »

  I didn\'t use too like greens. In my later years I found out that I love them. I make me ( the wife don\'t like them ) up a salad that has ever thing you can think of in it and then some stuff you don\'t even know where it came from. I also wash and clean ever thing I eat very good


 


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Re: What Is A Sunchoke?
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2017, 02:00:28 PM »
<p>They look a bit like ginger.</p>

I was just going to say the same thing, Lee.



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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2017, 02:02:21 PM »
<blockquote  class=\"ipsBlockquote\" data-author=\"Lee\" data-cid=\"128331\" data-time=\"1481367762\">
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<p>There\'s a lot of invasive plants that really should be used I suppose....dandelions are another one.</p>
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<p>Funny thing about the dandelion, I can buy premade mixed salad greens and eat it, but I just can\'t run out to the yard and pick them for my salads. How about you?</p>

I don't have any weeds in my yard and even if I did...it might have dog pee on it.  :shrug:

 


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