The genesis of supper tonight was my dinner a few weeks ago with my friend, Steve, at Linneage in Brookline, MA. We had a very enjoyable meal together, and what I remembered best (besides his company) were the roasted sunchokes (or Jerusalem artichokes) from Allandale Farm. Yesterday I set out to find Allandale Farm and to buy some of their marvelous produce. That trip was successful, so today I set about roasting, grilling, steaming and otherwise converting lots of vegetables to a complete dinner. They were the best Jerusalem artichokes I had ever made.
Using the produce from the farm, plus my purchases Sunday at the local farmers market, I did the following preparations this afternoon:
- wash, scrub, dry and thinly slice (on a mandolin) the Jerusalem artichokes
- add olive oil, salt, pepper and a little fresh lemon juice, then roast them in a 425º oven
- partially peel two small firm globe eggplants, slice into 1/3″ pieces lengthwise, salt the slices, and let sit for 45 minutes on roasting tray
- cut a small winter squash in half, add olive oil, salt and pepper, and put on roasting tray with the Jerusalem artichokes at 425º
- wrap 5 small beets in foil after drizzling with olive oil and salt; roast for 45-60 mins.
- slice one zucchine lengthwise, about 1/3 inch thick, marinate with olive oil, salt and pepper
- wipe the eggplant slices dry, brush with olive oil, and grill both sides on the gas grill — not fully cooked but enough to get clear grill marks on the pieces
- place the grilled eggplant on a roasting pan, add a little dried Italian oregano, and place in a 350º oven for 20 to 25 minutes to get very tender
- meanwhile grill the zucchine and then drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar on the slices
- steam 1/2 lb. of fresh Peruvian asparagus (it’s Spring there)
- blanch and then sauté fresh broccoli rabe leaves, along with a little leftover kale
- cut several fresh turnips and red radishes into wedges; add olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast along with the squash until nicely browned
- warm black eyed peas and vegetables, already cooked, from Chef Paul
- take a large dinner plate for each of you and add a selection of vegetables to taste
Once again, I went to my reliable standby, Jan D’Amore for the wine. This time it was a 2009 Latium Campo Prognai Valpolicella Superiore, and it was indeed, the right choice.