Fennel and Prosciutto Salad with Sunchoke Puree
Specialist Fortunato Nicotra, Felidia
The sunchoke, also known as the Jerusalem artichoke, has an artichoke-like flavor and is a nutritious addition to any meal. Combined into a prosciutto salad, it is both a healthy and a flavorful meal or side. The earthiness of the sunchoke and fennel salad helps to balance the saltiness brought by the cured meat, all the while offering a bit of nuttiness from the pistachios. This recipe gives an adventurous twist to the traditional idea of prosciutto salad, and satisfies every need for your palate. Add a glass of slightly fruity Beaujolais or a tall citrus-flavored Hefeweizen to round out the dish.
- 12 ounces sunchokes, peeled, cubed
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 bulb fennel, trimmed, sliced very thin
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 to 8 slices Prosciutto di Parma
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pistachios nuts
- Toasted Italian bread slices
Cook sunchokes in a pot of boiling salted water until tender, drain. Place sunchokes, 2 tablespoons of the oil, cream and garlic in a blender. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Place fennel, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a bowl. Toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spread 1/4 of the sunchoke puree decoratively on a serving plate. Top with 1/4 of the fennel salad. Add 1 to 2 slices prosciutto. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and pistachio nuts.
Serve with toasted Italian bread.
Repeat to make 4 plates.
Number of servings (yield): 4