Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke (Jordskokke) Soup

As autumn hits I always feel the urge to make soups and casserole dishes. This year is no exception. This week we’ve had soup, cottage pie and another one-pot wonder with chicken & chorizo. Alas it is not really possible to post the recipes for all of these. Mainly because of the increased challenge the diminishing light is presenting me with – I prefer to post recipes with photos and I prefer to take food photos in natural light. Being at the office all day this presents me with a very narrow window of opportunity, which is only going to get narrower over the coming weeks. However, I did manage to get a shot of my Jerusalem Artichoke soup one afternoon before the light bade us farewell.

Makes 8-10 servings, so plenty for freezing

1½ kg Jerusalem artichokes
1 large sweet or baking potato
3 onions
1 leek
2 dessertspoons oil for cooking
1 litre vegetable stock
salt & pepper
1 nutmeg, grated
250 ml cream
4 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
chives
1-2 packs bacon (optional)

Clean the artichokes and remove the knobbly bits. (I find a scouring sponge is the easiest thing to clean them with). Once clean, cut them into pieces. Peel the potato and cut it into chunks. Wash the leek and slice it and the onion. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté all the vegetables for a few minutes. Add the stock, nutmeg and salt & pepper. Leave the soup to simmer for half an hour or so, until the vegetables are soft. Purée the soup using a blender. Add the cream and vinegar. Season to taste.

Garnish with chopped chives. It also tastes great sprinkled with crispy bacon.

Inspired by a recipe in ‘Geniale Gryderetter og Superbe Super’

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9 Comments

  1. lina
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    ok 1st. That looks DELICIOUS. I made soup 1-3 times a week in the winter time, and I try to restrain myself a bit in the summer but I go cold. but really, where do you get your artichokes? En canne je présume?
    And can you send me the cottage pie recipe, I have a little thing for cheese…you know..maybe the reason I don’t miss meat so much (other than bbq season)
    xx

    • lina
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:20 am | Permalink | Reply

      oh and once I get the artichoke, I’ll let you know how it taste! xx

  2. Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    Well they are not artichokes as we know them, i.e. not the green ones. They are a root veg and called ‘Jordskokker’ in Danish. There are pictures here http://www.havenyt.dk/artikler/koekkenhaven/groensager/rodfrugter/786.html
    I’m afraid my cottage pie had meat (and lots of veg) in it, and it just came out of my head. I’ll explain tonight at the big American cook-up :)

  3. Posted October 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Delicious! You have the best recipes.

  4. Alan
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Small world… Or internet…
    I just happened to be searching for jordskokke suppe and happened to come across your blog, which is a great start I have to say… What was the really funny thing is that I am English and married and live about a 100 meters from where “Din Baghavet” have setup their market stall. Recipe looks great… Look forward to trying it…

  5. Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yes, indeed it is a small world :) We must almost be neighbours. Enjoy the soup!

  6. Lina Bluteau
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    ok, I must say YUM! Both John and I didn’t know that root veggie before, but just became one of our favorite soup ingredient :) Thanks again miss deux souliers

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