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.
Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
1 gallon water
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 1/4 pounds black salsify
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon finely grated horseradish root
Freshly ground white pepper
Parsley leaves, for garnish
How to Make It
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.
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.
The puree can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.
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