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Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

These Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes are crispy, caramelized and so addicting. I'll show you how to pick out good Jerusalem artichokes to make this side dish.

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The other day I came across this awesome list of ''Ugly Vegetables" on CNN.com. And while I pride myself in being very diverse with my cooking and ingredients, there were several vegetables on this list that I have never heard of. What the heck is a cardoon?? 

So when I saw Jerusalem Artichokes at Whole Foods soon after, I knew I had to try them! I put them in my shopping cart right away. I was going to figure out how to cook them later. Minor details.

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I came home and did what everyone does: I googled Jerusalem Artichokes to learn more about them and how to cook them. Here is everything I learned:

What are Jerusalem Artichokes?

Jerusalem artichokes are tubers, which means they are the roots of a plant. They look kind of like ginger roots, but they couldn't be more different. Jerusalem artichokes are the roots of these awesome flowers! I see these flowers all over the place and think they are so pretty - I love colorful bright flowers. I had NO IDEA they had such a tasty edible root underneath there.

jerusalem artichokes

How do you pick out Jerusalem Artichokes?

The biggest obstacles to trying new fruits and vegetables are (1) picking out the good ones and (2) figuring out how to cook them. 

Picking out Jerusalem artichokes is simple. Just make sure you grab pieces that are firm and feel like they would be crisp. Make sure they are not getting soft or moldy anywhere. Look for potential mold around the knobby parts of the Jerusalem artichoke. I have to mention the mold and soft part because Jerusalem artichokes are not as common a purchase as other vegetables, so you want to make sure they haven't been sitting in the grocery store for too long.

If you can find Jerusalem artichokes that don't have have too many knots and knobs on them, it will be easier to clean them for cooking. There's nothing wrong with the knobs, they just need to be scrubbed a little harder to make sure they're clean.

You can typically fine Jerusalem artichokes at Whole Foods and other big grocery stores, next to the carrots and beets.

Here is a good guide on picking out Jerusalem artichokes.

What do Jerusalem Artichokes taste like?

Jerusalem artichokes are DELICIOUS when they are roasted. Right when you bite into them you might think it tastes like a juicy crispy potato, but in a few seconds you really taste the difference.

Jerusalem artichokes are nutty, slightly sweet, complex, but mild at the same time. SO different from a potato.

Do you need to peel Jerusalem Artichokes?

No need to peel Jerusalem Artichokes! Just give them a good scrub, making sure to scrub really well around the knobs to get any dirt out.

Can you eat Jerusalem Artichokes raw?

You can eat Jerusalem artichokes raw. But they taste much better cooked. Cooking them (especially roasting) brings out their natural sweetness and aroma. And it gives them the beautiful golden brown crispy color.

What you'll need to Roast Jerusalem Artichokes:

Making roasted Jerusalem artichokes is super simple and you need only a few ingredients. Just toss the chopped pieces in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and load them up on a large baking sheet. Don't overcrowd the pan. You'll want to make sure the pieces aren't touching so they get nice and crispy.

Why are they called Jerusalem Artichokes?

Jerusalem artichokes have absolutely nothing to do with Jerusalem or artichokes. According to Wikipedia:

"The origin of the "Jerusalem" part of the name is uncertain. Italian settlers in the United States called the plant girasole, the Italian word for sunflower, because of its familial relationship to the garden sunflower (both plants are members of the genus Helianthus). Over time, the name girasole (pronounced closer to [d͡ʒiraˈzu:l] in southern Italian dialects) may have been changed to Jerusalem."

Jerusalem artichokes are also often called sunchokes and topinambour, but who wants to try to prounounce that?? 

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Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

These Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes are crispy, caramelized and make a delicious side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Jerusalem artichokes , skin on, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt , or to taste
  • ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves , finely minced (optional garnish)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Spray or brush a baking pan with olive oil. 
  • Brush the jerusalem artichokes with a vegetable brush under water to clean them, leaving the skin on. Chop them into even 1 inch pieces.
     
  • In a large bowl, combine the chopped jerusalem artichokes, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss to coat all the pieces. Place the artichokes on a large baking sheet, making sure not to crowd them. Roast for 17-20 minutes, or until they are fork-tender. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!
      

Notes

You can roast Jerusalem artichokes longer than 20 minutes (try 25 - 35 minutes) if you like your vegetables softer instead of crunchy.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 301mg13%
Potassium 972mg28%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 11.7mg14%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 7.8mg43%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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Kendra

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

I've never had these cooked before, they turned out yummy!

Kate

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

I hope they make it into your vegetable/side dish rotation!!

Paula Andros

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Hi Kate A friend just gave me a bunch of Jerusalem artichokes from her garden so I’m glad to find this recipe. As to your question, “What the heck is a cardoon?” I have eaten these in Italy and loved them. I have never seen them for sale here so I planted some seeds (in the above friend’s garden, because I can’t grow a thing!). Cardoons look like huge stocks of celery with rippled edges. They are a late fall vegetable and in Italy, popular at Christmas. Italians like to parboil them, then fry them in a light batter and sprinkle with parmigiana. I have also had them stewed with onions and tomato. Cardoons taste a bit like artichokes; it’s hard to describe the taste. One warning is that they are hugely labor intensive because they have strings in them like celery. But unlike celery the strings are totally inedible and need to be pulled off. In Italy friends sit around the table doing this together. Thanks again for the cooking help. Your mom’s friend Paula

Kate

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Hi Paula!! Enjoy the Jerusalem artichokes! And the recipe you describe for cardoon sound really good (even if labor-intensive), I hope I get to try them sometime.

Carolyn

Monday 1st of November 2021

Ha ha! I've been growing them for a few years and just tried them with this recipe last night. Totally delicious! But it all started with gas, and then more gas, and then horrible diarrhea and cramping for a good chunk of today. I even took my temperature a couple times to make sure I wasn't coming down with something else. Maybe I need to just eat a little when I eat them. Maybe add some vinegar into the roasting mixture? I think that sounds like it'll be yummy, anyway - not sure if it'll help the digestion issues.

Cathi

Monday 25th of October 2021

I LOVE Jerusalem Artichokes! Roasting helps with the gas. Tomorrow, I am going to make jerusalem artichoke relish. I think the vinegar will help even more to cut down on potential gas problems.

Kate

Monday 25th of October 2021

Oooh relish sounds interesting! I'll have to try jerusalem artichokes with vinegar sometime, that sounds good too.

Marit Risto Fagerli

Monday 17th of May 2021

Hi from Sweden. I'm growing them for the first time. Have never eaten any... The plants are lovely though, and I hope they'll flower before the frost. A small part is out today, to get used the outdoors. Will be careful with the spreading. Plan to try roasting, and everything. Getting crazy about herbs too. And already eat salat and sugar peas from my window sill.

Frederice Humphreys

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

@Kate, While visiting my home country in 2018 ( the Netherlands), I collected lots of seeds from family and friends gardens. I had an area here in the yard where I just sprinkled those mixed seeds. In 2019 and 2020 we have had quite a few surprises, since some were biennials, like the hollyhocks. Also got these very tall yellow “ daisies “, about 6-7 feet tall! Turns out they are Jerusalem Artichokes! And yes insects LOVE them, the only requirement in our yard! But the next spring we found 100’s of young seedlings….EVERYWHERE, including in our old asparagus bed. Because they are so tall, the dry seeds get scattered and blown all over. It took hours to pull most of the babies, still some escaped and we let them grow. We might cut the plant down soon since it is kind of done blooming. The only negative part was, that where little plants had been growing in the asparagus bed, no asparagus came up…. It appears they are somehow incompatible. This year we ll dig up the few roots, we love eating from our own yard!

Kate

Monday 17th of May 2021

Hi Marit, how amazing that you get to harvest plants from your window sill and grow your own jerusalem artichokes! Enjoy!