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Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic

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Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic are a terrific substitute for potatoes!

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic

Have You Made Jerusalem Artichokes?

There were a lot of firsts this week. My first foray into the world of Jerusalem artichokes or sunchokes. The first time seeing these knobby vegetables, the first time peeling them and the first time cooking them. I grew up eating artichokes around my family’s dinner table, peeling the leaves and dipping them into warm lemon butter.

If these sunchokes tasted anything like ordinary artichokes, I’d be just fine. Roasted Jerusalem artichokes would be on our dinner menu, but I’d provide some more ordinary fare, like peas, for those with less adventurous palates. And if you have diabetes or watch your blood sugars, you’ll be happy to learn that Jerusalem artichokes have a much lower glycemic index than potatoes. So eating these won’t result in the same blood sugar spike as with potatoes…and the texture is like a creamy potato, though there is a subtle artichoke flavor, hence their name.

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic

Garlic and Fresh Herbs for Flavor

I ordered a couple pounds of these online and the tubers arrived in a bag of sandy soil. I dug through, pulling out what looked like chubby ginger root. Easy to peel with my trusty vegetable peeler, these were cut lengthwise into quarters, tossed with paper thin wafers of garlic, olive oil, thyme, rosemary plus salt and pepper.

Roasted on high heat till tender and tinged with brown, the garlic and herb aroma which emanated from the oven was certainly tempting. Best served warm, I couldn’t help but sample a few hot out of the oven. They were tasty and reminded me of roasted potatoes. Would this mean the picky hubby would be a fan?

Uh, well, maybe if I hadn’t told him what they were. He’s the guy who eats around the marinated artichoke hearts I toss in my salads, so he wasn’t going anywhere near any artichoke, whether they were related or not. I hope my fellow Doristas with picky spouses have more luck this week! If you’d prefer a soup to this roasted version, Dorie also has a Jerusalem Artichoke Soup recipe.

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table on page 353. If Jerusalem artichokes are plentiful in your neck of the woods, you probably don’t even need a recipe to roast up a batch.

P.S. Jerusalem Artichokes have garnered the nickname “Fartichokes” due to some folks having difficulties digesting the raw version.  Note that you’ve been warned!

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35 comments on “Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic”

  1. I used some artichokes in a recipe this week for the first time and really enjoyed them. I’ve never made them the star of the show before, though. I think this needs to change!

  2. I wasn’t lucky in the “hey, try this!” department this week. I substituted the sunchokes for chayote, a squash that’s compared to a cross between a potato and a cucumber. It has a very similar nutritional profile to the sunchokes: low in calories and sodium, and high in potassium and vitamin C.

  3. Yours are so pretty Liz ! I’m surprised they had a “subtle artichoke flavor” though. Mine were pretty bland.

  4. Yum.. this first looks pretty delicious 😉

  5. I’ve only used Jerusalem artichokes a couple of times, but we enjoyed them. Your roasted ones look delicious – roasting is always my favorite way to prepare vegetables, especially roots!

  6. Liz! I love this .. I’ve never heard of Jerusalem Artichokes, nor have I seen these before!! With a texture like a creamy potato, they sound fabulous but I’ll watch out for the fartichokes. . that’s hilarious!!

  7. Awww, Bill, they aren’t artichokes! Sadly I had no luck in getting Jerusalem artichokes, so potatoes it was – and they were good.

  8. I don’t know the Jérusalem artichokes but they looks great a perfect for a dinner !Have a nice weekend 😉

  9. Too funny, I hadn’t heard the nickname before and maybe it’s better that I didn’t hear it until after I had tried them. I didn’t notice any digestive issues, but perhaps that’s because mine were well cooked. In fact, I didn’t even know that you could eat them raw. Interesting.

  10. Sunchokes grow really well here, and I’d love to try growing some in my garden. I’ve never cooked them at home, but I’ve tried them at restaurants. This roasted dish with garlic and herbs sounds great!

  11. Dear Lizzy I love Jerusalem artichokes! are really tasty and delicious!
    Not always I find here but I love this plate!

  12. Thanks for the info on the JA and that nickname! And a gorgeous array of sides!

  13. This is so interesting! I’ve seen recipes calling for Jerusalem artichokes before, but I’ve never tried them, and I’m not even sure if I’ve seen them in stores? (Props for special-ordering them, by the way!) You make them sound delicious, and since I’m both a potato lover and an artichoke lover, I think they’re right up my alley!

  14. Mine tasted nothing like artichokes…they were more sweet tasting. I did like them, though! Yours look lovely, Liz! Pretty presentation! Happy Friday!

  15. I haven’t seen Jerusalem Artichokes before, but your dish looks like a delicious side 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  16. I’ve been doing a lot of ‘first’s this week too and I’ll have to add Jerusalem artichokes to the list because I have never cooked with these before. I see them in the shops and skirt around them as I’m not sure what to do with them. I did once watch a Jamie Oliver Christmas Special where he plated up a dish of these. From memory, I think he mashed them. I love how you roasted them with rosemary and garlic – it must have been very aromatic while they were cooking xx

  17. I don’t think I’ve ever had a jerusalem artichoke., This looks delicious!!

  18. I’ll bet they were great with all the garlic and herbs! They’d be a new food to me too:@)

  19. I wish I knew more about sunchokes before I cooked them… but I guess you have to try them to find out if they are going to earn their nickname on you. Raw, cooked… any way did not work with my stomach. Back to regular artichokes for me. Yours really look beautiful.

  20. Mine tasted like artichokes too. And, not that we’re keeping score, but my picky husband really liked these. I liked them, but they were a pain to peel so I might just stick with potatoes next time. Have a great weekend!

  21. I’ve never tried Jerusalem artichokes but these look wonderful – I love roasted veggies!

  22. I have never had Jerusalem artichokes…this looks really tempting with fresh herbs and garlic.

  23. Interesting recipe, and yours really do look delicious. Hopefully Tricia and I will get our hands on some soon. Liz, thank you for your anniversary wishes for Jim and I, we had a wonderful
    celebration with family, friends and delicious food. Everyone wants a repeat next year.
    Something to look forward to. Incidentally, all of those recipes look wonderful.

  24. Man, do I admire your perseverence to get these little darlings on the table. I know if I ever see them, I will grab some and make this dish. My Whole Foods veggie guy says he gets them rather infrequently (meaning not in the past three weeks). I also remember those artichokes leaves dipped in warm buttahhhhh. Although I’ve never met an artichoke I don’t love, that’s still the way I like them best. Beautiful photo, Liz.

  25. My parents grew Jerusalem artichokes when I was a little girl. We mostly ate them raw in salads or just on their own. I loved them! I’ve never been able to find them in the store, though, so I miss them!

  26. Liz, you are a trooper (or very brave).
    I really enjoyed these, I am not sure everyone else was quite as impressed 🙂

  27. The bowl you presented these in is just beautiful, Liz! I think we’ve all accomplished a few firsts during our time with Around My French Table. This is one I haven’t managed yet, though. I’m waiting to make this when sunchokes show up in the markets here. I did see red kuri squash yesterday, so I’m going to be able to get on board for at least one of next month’s picks!

  28. These look and sound absolutely delicious. I’ve always been a little reluctant to try Jerusalem Artichokes, because of the “wind” issue. Apparently the problem is not just with the uncooked versions. They contain a particular carbohydrate that some people simply cannot digest. A friend of mine found this out the hard way after serving some artichoke soup to her husband. She made him sleep elsewhere that night.

  29. Dear Lizzy, This looks wonderful!! I am sure it was too. I would love to try these with a good loaf of bread. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  30. Yet another recipe I need to make up. These sound really good, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for them. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Next week is going to be fun – thanks for including me!

  31. Liz, so glad that you liked them – I love your presentation with all that thyme and rosemary on top – the herbs certainly lend a subtle elegance to these not so elegant tubers. a fun recipe to try – too bad your husband did not enjoy them that much…
    Have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend!

  32. Very interesting, Liz. My culinary knowledge is now improved thanks to you!

    Bravo for your diligence and commitment to the group by ordering the produce online =)

  33. Oh! These are looking fantastic! I’d die to try it! I’ve never eaten sth like this before!

  34. The Jerusalem artichokes look so good. Wish we could get those over here!

  35. Beautiful photo Liz!
    I wish I knew their nickname before I served them to the kids, they would have loved it and I know the boys would have eaten a lot more 🙂

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