I first made this over the winter, but it is so delicious and a great way to use your Sunchokes. The grocery had some beautiful sunchokes today so this is what we are having for dinner. I’m serving it with some wheat bread I made today topped with some of our home-made apple butter. Tastes amazing.
Sunchoke, Guinness, and Cheese Soup
- 1.5 lbs Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes), peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 TBS butter
- 1 1/2 C chicken broth, more if needed
- 1 C Guinness or dark beer of your choice
- 3 TBS flour
- 1 1/2 C Smoked Cheddar Cheese
- 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 C Buttermilk
- Chili Powder
- 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
Place sunchokes in broth until ready to use. In saucepan, saute onion and celery in 1 TBS butter until soft. Add sunchokes and broth, cover, and cook for 10 minutes or until soft. Puree with immersion blender.
In another saucepan, melt 3 TBS butter, add flour, and cook for a minute or two. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 C beer, then cook for a few minutes. Add cheese and mustard and continue to whisk until the cheese is melted. Stir in Sunchoke puree and buttermilk, and cook until soup is heated through. Season with salt, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce.
Don’t have sunchokes? They are a pretty awesome tuber to grow in the garden. Extremely easy. I picked some up at the grocery store one year and stuck them in the ground. If you are worried about local laws, check with your local extension office to make sure they are not listed as a noxious weed in your area. I grow them in a raised bed so they theoretically don’t spread everywhere. It does make it really easy to pop out the ones that go out of bounds. The picture is last year’s patch in June. I start harvesting them after the first frost in fall and harvest all winter when the ground isn’t frozen. My chickens love to sit in the patch in the shade. There are pictures out there of blooms that look like sunflowers, but I have never had them bloom. I think I would cut the flowers off before they go to seed since they can be spread so easily.