The ugly parade continues here at French Fridays with Dorie.
Faces that only a momma could love.
But what these ingredients may lack in appearance, they more than make up for in flavor.
Apparently, Jerusalem artichokes (aka sun chokes) are native to the Eastern United States and Canada.
Well, I have lived here all my life and if they are native, they do a great job staying hidden. It is easier to find exotic ingredients like truffles (canned or jarred, of course) and snails than the roots of this supposedly native plant.
Maybe they have been hanging out with Saxy, the Mermaid that is supposed to live in the Reservoir that I live near... (she only seems to have been seen by construction workers leaving the bar late on a Friday night... just saying.)
A few rounds of beer may be enough to make Saxy appear; unfortunately, it is not quite so easy with Jerusalem artichokes.
I started eye-balling the grocery stores for sun chokes about two years ago. Last winter, I finally found some. Realizing that these were not an easy find, I grabbed them up and made both recipes. And photo documented it - not knowing when, if ever, I would find them again. Tossed in olive oil and lightly roasted with salt, garlic and rosemary, these ugly little tubers were a real treat.
Fast forward a year, I did find one sad looking bag of sun chokes in a local market. I bought them of course.
Next week, French Fridays is taking a break from this month's ugly parade to celebrate: Dorie's birthday, the release of her newest book Baking Chez Moi and last, but not least, to celebrate four years of cooking along with French Fridays with Dorie.
But don't worry, we'll pick right up with our ugly coverage the following week when we cook with beef shanks.
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