Olive oil-poached salmon (photo © Pom Wonderful).
Here’s a recipe that tastes and looks great year-round. With brussels sprouts and spiced cider, it’s especially fitting for fall. The recipe is from Chef Chris Parsons of Catch restaurant in Winchester, Massachusetts, via Pom Wonderful. The olive oil poached salmon, with sunchokes and baby Brussels sprouts, is a treat.
If you can’t find sunchokes, substitute zucchini.
What are sunchokes? They’re also called sunroots, earth apples, more popularly, sunchokes. They are neither artichokes nor from Jerusalem! and See photo #2 and the explanation below.
Prep time is 45 minutes, cook time is 1 hour 15 minutes.
Ingredients For 6 Servings
Olive Oil Poached Salmon
1. COMBINE pomegranate juice, apple cider, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, and orange zest in a medium pot; reduce over medium-low heat to 1/2 cup. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer, discard the spices and zest and return reduced cider to the pot.
2. ADD the butter and heavy cream, whisking to combine; add salt to taste. Using a hand-held immersion blender, blend until light and foamy. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
1. PREHEAT oven to 220°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the sunchokes and cook until fork tender. Drain and transfer to a baking sheet. Place in a warm oven and allow to dry. Meanwhile…
2. BRING butter and heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, over medium-low heat. Transfer the dried sunchokes and crème fraîche to the bowl of a food processor. With the machine running, add the hot butter and cream mixture; continue mixing until purée is smooth and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
1. COOK butter over medium heat until it begins to brown. Add brussels sprouts and almonds. Cook until heated through; season with salt and pepper.
1. BRING bring olive oil up to 160°F in a large Dutch oven or stockpot, over low heat. Add the rosemary, thyme, and kosher salt.
2. PLACE place the fillets into the hot oil carefully. Make sure the oil completely covers the fillets; add more oil if needed. Slowly poach until the center of each salmon fillet reaches 115°F, about 12 to 15 minutes.
3. REMOVE the fillets gently and season each portion with fleur de sel. Place a portion of the sunchoke purée in the center of each plate. Making a well with the back of a spoon, spoon the brussels sprouts mixture into the well. Place a salmon fillet on top.
Sunchokes, a modern term for Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) are edible tubers that grow underground, similar to potatoes.
Native to North America and related to the sunflower, when in bloom, the sunchoke resembles a miniature sunflower. It is related to the aster and usually has bright yellow flowers.
The Native Americans who cultivated them cooked it for themselves and traded it with other groups, which is why Jerusalem artichokes are now grown in different regions throughout North America.
Early European explorers tried them, liked them, and sent them back to Europe, where it soon flourished throughout most of the continent [source].
Sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes can be cooked like potatoes: boiled, fried, grilled, mashed, microwaved, or steamed. Raw, the flavor is reminiscent of jicama, and can be added raw to salads and wherever raw jicama is used.
The origin of the name “Jerusalem artichoke” is unknown but there are two theories, the first of which sounds right to us.