Courtesy of ameliafreer.com
Here's a wonderful fiber and prebiotic-rich dip from chef Amelia Freer to nourish your gut. It pairs well with these chicory leaves, it pairs well with thin apple slices, but most of all it pairs well with all the decadent notes in our cauliflower crackers.
300g Jerusalem artichokes
juice of half a lemon
½ a celeriac (about 300g), peeled and chopped diced
2 tbsp olive oil
180g cooked chestnuts
2 bay leaf
pinch of salt
Suggestions to dip:
1-2 apples, cut into thin slices
2 chicory, leaves separated
Peel the artichokes, roughly chop and drop into a bowl of cold water with the lemon juice to stop them going brown.
In a large (lidded) heavy bottomed pan heat the oil, drain and pat dry the artichokes and sauté for 5 minutes to soften, add the celeriac, chestnuts, 200ml of water and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook on a low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the water has all but evaporated. Try not to take the lid of too many times, the vegetables need the steam to cook, add a splash more if you think it will dry up before they are tender.
Blend until smooth and check for seasoning.
If you are serving as a dip, drop the apple slices into a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon to stop them discolouring. Arrange in a shallow dish with the chicory leaves and apple slices around it like petals.
Or, if serving with fish, smear on to the plate and build the dish with steamed winter greens.