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Creamy Salsify with Horseradish

Yield 4
The surprise in this side dish is that the sweet, subtle flavor of black salsify is brilliantly complemented by the judicious addition of pungent horseradish.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 1/4 pounds black salsify
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon finely grated horseradish root
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • Parsley leaves, for garnish
  • Parsley leaves, for garnish

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 quarts of the water with the vinegar. Peel the salsify under cool running water. Cut the roots into 4-inch lengths, adding them to the vinegar water as you work. Drain the salsify, transfer to a medium saucepan and add 2 quarts of fresh water and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook over moderately high heat until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Drain the salsify, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking water. In a food processor, combine the salsify and the reserved cooking water with the cream, butter and horseradish and puree until smooth. Season with salt and white pepper. Work the puree through a fine sieve and serve hot, sprinkled with parsley.

  3. Make Ahead: The puree can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.