Velouté de topinambours(Jerusalem artichokes)

I love topinambour, for their quirky shapes as well as their earthy smell and somewhat different, slightly sweet taste.  Delicious are they in a cocotte or pureed as a side dish and just as wonderful are they as a soup. Unlike a chunky vegetable soup or earthy legume soup, we rarely have only a creamy soup for dinner. I don’t find it substantial enough, unless you eat a huge bowl or two, which makes it too rich. So I’ll normally serve this soup as a starter and then follow up with something like maybe a warm salad or chicken filet with a tomato sauce.

See also Zlamushcka’s version of a topinambour soup.

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Velouté de topinambours(Jerusalem artichokes)

  • About 400 g topinambours
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 750 ml organic vegetable stock(or chicken stock)
  • 1 bouquet garni(parsley stems, thyme, bay leaves & lemon peel wrapped and tied in the green part of a leek)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cream to add to taste(milk for a lighter version)
  •  a drop or two of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Peel the topinambours and the sweet potato and cut into slices.
  2. Peel, chop the shallots and sauté in some olive oil until translucent.
  3. Add the sliced the stweet potato, topinambours, the stock, the bouquet garni and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes or longer. The topinambours needs to be well cooked and very tender.
  4. Take off the heat, remove the bouquet garni and mix until smooth and velvety, adding milk or cream to your preferred consistency.
  5. Heat up gently, add some lemon juice and salt and papper to taste.
  6. Serve in warmed bowls and finish off with a drizzle of fruity extra virgin olive oil and a a turn of the pepper mill.
  7. Serve warm with toasted bread triangles or a grainy baguette.

                                                                               Serves 4 – 6

This is an entry for WHB nr 111, hosted by Kalyn at Kalyn’s kitchen. For more info on weekend herb blogging read here.

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17 responses

  1. Unfortunately we don´t found , here,Jerusalem artichokes. But the recipe sounds delicious

    28/11/2007 at 16:11

  2. Gorgeous photos, Ronell!

    28/11/2007 at 16:55

  3. Ann

    I love, love, love Jerusalem artichokes. How nice to see you posting twice in one week! :-)

    As always, your photos and composition is lovely.

    28/11/2007 at 19:09

  4. Very interesting vegetable. Your photos are wonderful and now I’m getting hungry!

    Visits to your Blog have helped to inspire me to start a new Blog of my own on a similar theme.
    Please visit my new Blog at: http://bonnyscoffeecups.wordpress.com

    28/11/2007 at 19:42

  5. This looks like a lovely recipe (and I love the bean pots/soup bowls as well).

    Do you have any tips for reducing the explosive qualities of Jerusalem artichokes?

    28/11/2007 at 22:17

  6. Anh

    I just discovered Jerusalem Artichoke this year and they are so wonderful. The soup you have is really wonderful!

    29/11/2007 at 04:46

  7. Wow that is one hearty soup sounds delicious, great pictures. :)

    29/11/2007 at 22:56

  8. Thanks for the great photo showing what they look like. This is something I’ve never tried and I’ve been very curious about them. The soup sounds just wonderful!

    30/11/2007 at 01:51

  9. I love your little soup pots Ronell. And the soup looks sumptuous.

    30/11/2007 at 13:19

  10. Bea

    Oh this is so funny, I made almost a similar soup twice last week. I cannot get enough of topinambours. Aren’t they just the best, under a pretty unattractive attire? Looks delicious.

    01/12/2007 at 06:32

  11. Oh, I am so happy there are other Sun root fans. I will definitely try this one out! Looks great.

    Thank you for mentioning my recipe for the soup. It is really nice of you :-)

    02/12/2007 at 14:49

  12. I just made a Jerusalem Artichoke salad and was going to try a soup this week but needed a recipe…. thanks! Beautiful pictures.

    03/12/2007 at 04:34

  13. You sure make a beautiful bouquet garni, and the soup looks very tasty. I’ve never seen jerusalem artichokes and sweet potatoes combined in a soup — excellent idea!

    03/12/2007 at 05:18

  14. Mmmm, looks wonderful. I also have a lovely recipe for Jerusalem artichoke soup on my blog that I make every year. I count down the days till they come into season!!

    18/12/2007 at 18:53

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