Nutty sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, give this soup deep flavor. Find them at farmers' markets and well-stocked grocery stores.
1 1/2 pounds sunchokes, scrubbed well and very dark spots removed
About 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
About 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
1 qt. reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced brussels sprouts
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. chopped roasted hazelnuts
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°. Pulse sunchokes in a food processor until coarsely chopped, working in batches if necessary. Spread sunchokes evenly on 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle each sheet with 1 tbsp. oil and sprinkle with 1/8 tsp. salt; toss well. Roast sunchokes until tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large pot over medium heat and add shallot; cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in coconut milk and vegetable broth, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer.
Heat remaining 2 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook brussels sprouts, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes.
Transfer roasted sunchokes to pot of broth and blend, using an immersion blender (or blend broth with sunchokes in a blender) until smooth. Adjust consistency with water if needed and season to taste with salt.
Ladle into 6 bowls and top each with some brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, and a thin drizzle of oil.
This is an impressive soup. Very nice flavor from the sunchokes and coconut milk, and the browned brussels sprouts and roasted hazelnuts harmonize well. A good first course to a special occasion dinner.
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