Sunchokes or Jerusalem artichokes are members of the asteracae family and have flowers similar to yellow sunflowers. The roots are high in inulin, a prebiotic which also helps lower blood sugar. A good potato substitute for diabetics.
2 lb butternut squash
1 lb sunchokes, scrubbed
3 Tbsp yoghurt
¼ tsp mace
¼ tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375º F.
Halve squash; place cut side down on a baking sheet along with whole sunchokes.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork.
Scoop seeds from squash cavity; scoop out pulp into a large bowl (if desired, leave squash shells intact to use as serving containers).
Chop sunchokes (no need to remove peel); add to squash pulp.
Add butter, yoghurt, mace, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Mash mixture on medium speed of electric mixer until blended; or process in food processor or blender in batches.
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