Roast Jerusalem artichoke soup

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  • Serves 10 people

  • 2 kg Jerusalem artichokes, unpeeled, halved lengthways
  • 350 gm golden shallots (about 20), halved lengthways
  • 2 garlic heads, halved horizontally
  • ¼ cup (firmly packed) sage
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 2 litres (8 cups) chicken stock
  • 1 floury potato, such as pontiac, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar, or to taste
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  • Crisp sage and Jerusalem artichokes
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • ¼ cup (loosely packed) sage
  • 4 Jerusalem artichokes, cut lengthways into thin wedges
01   Preheat oven to 180C. Combine Jerusalem artichoke, shallot, garlic, herbs, lemon rind and juice in a large bowl, season to taste and mix to combine. Add oil, mix to coat, then spread mixture on oven trays lined with baking paper. Roast, turning occasionally, until golden brown and very tender (35-40 minutes). When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic from skins (discard skins), then transfer mixture to a large saucepan.
02   Add stock and potato to pan, bring to the simmer over medium-high heat and cook until potato is falling apart (12-15 minutes). Remove thyme, process with a hand-held blender until very smooth, then pass through a sieve into a clean pan (discard solids). Add sherry vinegar, season to taste, keep warm.
03   For crisp sage and Jerusalem artichokes, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add sage and cook until crisp (1 minute), remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Add Jerusalem artichokes to pan, cook, turning occasionally, until golden and tender (4-5 minutes), remove with a slotted spoon, drain on absorbent paper, season to taste.
04   Serve soup hot, topped with crisp sage and Jerusalem artichokes.

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

VANESSA AUSTIN AND EMMA KNOWLES

Drinking Suggestion:

NUTTY AMONTILLADO. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Aug 2010

Aug 2010

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