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Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:00 am

One of my favorite veggies, sunchokes are easy to cook and so delicious!

sun·choke (s n ch k )

NOUN:

See

Jerusalem artichoke

NOUN:

In both senses also called girasol.

A North American sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) having yellow, rayed flower heads and edible tubers.

The tuber of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. Also called sunchoke.

Sautéed Sunchokes with Sunflower Seeds

Serves: 4

1 1/2 Pounds sunchokes, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

2 Tablespoons sunflower seed oil

3 Tablespoons sunflower seeds, toasted

2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped

1 Teaspoon chopped thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté the sunchokes in the oil in a large skillet over high heat until lightly browned and tender, but still a bit crisp. Taste them as they cook; they can be done in 5 minutes or as many as 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add the sunflower seeds, parsley, and thyme, and toss well.

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