Sunchoke Hash

Sunchokes.  Also known as Jerusalem Artichokes.  Also known as fartichokes.  LOL.  The funny part about writing a food blog is that you pick up lots of useless knowledge that you may have otherwise never known.  So the other day I was in the super market and happened upon a bunch of sunchokes.  And on a whim, I decided to buy them. Mostly because I had seen them before on Chopped.  Hah.  So I bought a bunch and needed to figure out what to do with them.  And I started researching exactly what sunchokes were.  And what I found was amazing.  They are often used as a substitute for potatoes due to the texture/consistency.  And they contain the carbohydrate inulin (not insulin) instead of starch.  Which means that they are a great source of fiber.  Hence the nickname fartichokes.

Since I found out they were used much in the same manner as potatoes, I decided to make a hash and serve breakfast for dinner.  It turned out surprisingly good and I would definitely do it again when they are in season!

Here’s a picture of a sunchoke/Jerusalem artichoke in it’s raw form.

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So I started my hash like I would any good hash.  With bacon.

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Added an onion and cooked for a few minutes.

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Added my peeled/diced sunchokes.

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Added paprika, salt and garlic powder.  Cook until sunchokes are tender.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:

1 lb sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and diced
2 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Peel and chop sunchokes.  In a medium frying pan, saute bacon and onion.  Add sunchokes.  Season with paprika, garlic powder and salt.  Cook until the sunchokes are tender.  Serve and enjoy!

Caroline