Nope not ginger… or potato! Jerusalem artichoke.
My aunt and Uncle are growing Organic Jerusalem artichokes here on Prince Edward Island (to make an order call 902-566-3055). They gave me some to try last week and here is what I did with them.
-1Lb Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed well and sliced into 1 inch pieces
-4-6 small dried bay leaves
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-Pinch of sea salt
-A generous splash of Mirin
-1 tbsp olive oil
-Fresh ground pepper (optional)
In a cast Iron frying pan, heat oil and add the artichokes. Saute until browned on both sides. Add the bay leaves, garlic, mirin and salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and place on low. Simmer until liquid is gone about 7-10 minutes. Serve.
( I loved the flavor of this dish but the texture of cooked Jerusalem artichoke takes a bit of getting used to 🙂 )
-I also added sliced raw Jerusalem artichoke to salads.
Savory Squash Pie
-2 Cups whole wheat flour
-Pinch of sea salt
-1 tsp whole cumin
-1/3 Cup olive oil
-1/3 Cup rice syrup
-1/2 Cup cold water
Mix all ingredients together and knead the dough for a few min. spread dough with fingers into a deep 12 ” pie dish. Make sure to press the dough evenly up the sides of the pie dish. Prick all over with a fork.
Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees. Take out and let cool while making the filling.
-4 Cups buttercup squash, peeled, de-seeded and cubed
-2 Potatoes, peeled and cubed
-2 Onions, diced
-2 Cloves of garlic, minced
-1 Cup of corn kernels
-1 Cup of grated mochi
-1/2 red pepper, diced (optional)
-1 tsp dried thyme
-1 pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-Oil for saute
In a medium sized pot steam the squash and the potatoes until tender. About 12 min. Place into a bowl. Mash with a potato masher and set aside.
In a cast iron pan saute the onion, garlic and pepper until soft. Add the corn and cook for 2 more minutes.
Mix mashed squash and potatoes with all remaining ingredients. Spoon into pie crust and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Celery Apple Salad
-4 stalks of celery, sliced on a diagonal
-1/4 of an onion, sliced into thin half moons
-2 medium sized apples(I used Honey Crisp), cored and sliced thin.
-1 tsp Dijon mustard
-1 tsp sesame oil
-1 Lemon, juiced
-1 tsp rice syrup
– Pinch of sea salt
– fresh ground pepper(optional)
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!