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Jerusalem Artichokes [Dec. 20th, 2013|09:47 am]
Tony Grist
I love the musty taste but not the texture. I served them in place of potatoes yesterday and nobody was terribly keen. Ailz ate one and then forked her share onto my plate. "Slimy," she said. Of course I did them as plain as plain- just boiled and served straight. The Bible Mrs Beeton suggests a white sauce. Would that make them more palatable? Perhaps I should have fried them. 
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[User Picture]From: dadi
2013-12-20 09:55 am (UTC)
I had to google that.. I had no idea Topinambour was called like that in English :D. I actually like them a lot just treated like normal potatoes.. boiled, sliced and then sauteed with onions, garlic, some herbs like rosemary or oreganon and ground chili as much as you like. I have them in my garden and love the yellow flowers they make before producing food :)
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2013-12-20 11:16 am (UTC)
Similarly, I boil them until slightly underdone, then sautéthem in butter and add lots of parsley.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-20 10:06 pm (UTC)
Sounds good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-20 10:00 pm (UTC)
Topinambour is a wonderful name.

Next time I need to do more with them. I like your suggestions.
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[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2013-12-20 10:01 am (UTC)
They're really nice roasted. But they do cause massive gas, be warned.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
I've had a lot of gas over the past 24 hours and I wondered if it might be due to the artichokes...
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2013-12-20 12:24 pm (UTC)
Roasted is great, topping them with a strong cheese sauce makes them really enjoyable, but be warned of the flatulence afterwards.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
That sounds good. I'll have to try it.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-12-20 12:27 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you boiled them for too long? I used to seve them with cheese sauce or grated cheese, but haven't seen them for years. Everyone says thatthey are "gassy", but we didn't notice that
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-20 10:05 pm (UTC)
I boiled them for about as long as I would boil potatoes.

I did consider the cheese sauce but was afraid it would smother the distinctive flavour. Next time, though, I think I'm going that route.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-12-21 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'd call that too long - most potatoes are much denser
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[User Picture]From: rosamicula
2013-12-21 01:17 pm (UTC)
I am not keen on the texture when boiled or steamed, but like them baked much better. They make a lovely topping for pies mixed with regular mash. Ailz might appreciate the fact that they are lower carb/GI, too, if you need to persuade her to eat them again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-21 01:50 pm (UTC)
I want to have another go at them. I love the flavour. Baking seems like a good idea- sweat out some of the water.
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