Try some Salsify

April 28th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
If you have been following Master Chef it is an amazing year of amateur cooking talent and it is hard to imagine who will finally triumph.  But it is also interesting to see how new ingredients are still there to be explored. Recently Salsify made it into the Master Chef kitchen as one of the lesser known root vegetables most of us probably don’t even know what it tastes like. Salsify is apparently also known as oyster plant because it tastes slightly of oysters. It has a beige-white skin and looks similar to a long carrot in shape and can be found in many St Albans greengrocers.
 
You can use it like any other root vegetable - add it to soups and stews, or serve it mashed or try adding it cooked and grated onto to salads. (It’s easier to peel salsify after it's been boiled.)If you are not sure if you will like it maybe this simple recipe can help you try it out.
 
Cook 1 stick of salsify in a pan of boiling salted water for 6-8 minutes, or until tender drain and peel.
Whisk 100ml/3½fl oz of olive oil and 1tsp of sherry vinegar together in a bowl and add ground black pepper. Poach a really fresh egg while frying the salsify in butter for 2-3 minutes, turning occasionally, season with smoked salt.
 
To serve, put a handful of rocket on a serving plates, then place your stick of salsify on top of it with the fresh poached egg next to it, shave some parmesan cheese on top and finally drizzle over the olive oil and sherry vinegar dressing and eat.
 
Source: BBC