Leek and Sunchoke Savory Crumble with Greek Yoghurt Sauce

 

I’ve always thought crumbles were meant to be desserts – as they certainly are – but I had to change my mind when I read on Matt’s blog about the existence of savory crumbles, that is the salted version of traditional crumble desserts. Of course, why hadn’t I thought of it myself? You just need to add some salt to the topping instead of sugar and substitute the fruit with vegetables (but also meat or fish) and voilà! Les jeux sont fait! Surely, as I am so fond of crumbles, I couldn’t help trying to make my own version of this savory dish which I filled with a combination of leeks and sunchokes. Sunchokes (also called Jerusalem artichokes, sunroot or topinambur) are a novelty to me: I had heard about them but I had never tasted them. So, when I found them at the market, I bought some still uncertain about what to make of them. Sunchokes are vegetable roots, or tubers, similar to potatoes but with a taste closer to artichokes, though more delicate. They match perfectly with leek and, thanks to their dainty texture, to the crispness of a crumble topping.

This crumble is great if served with a yoghurt sauce made with Greek yoghurt and chive.

Ingredients

For the topping:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

100 g (3.5 oz) lightly salted butter, cut into small pieces

2 tbsps grated parmesan

50 g (1.8oz) chive, chopped

1 tuft of parsley, chopped

freshly ground green pepper

salt to taste

For the filling:

400 g (14 oz) sunchokes, peeled and chunked

250 g (8.8 oz) leeks, sliced

1 shallot, sliced

1 garlic clove

2-3 tbsps extravergine olive oil

300 ml vegetable stock

freshly ground green pepper

salt to taste

For the yoghurt sauce:

170 g (6 oz) Greek yoghurt

3 tbsps milk

1 tbsp extravergine olive oil

a handful of chive, chopped

freshly ground green pepper

salt to taste

Preparation time: about 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves 4

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

In a large saucepan pour oil and fry the shallot and garlic over a gentle heat for 1-2 minutes till golden. Remove garlic and add leeks and sunchokes. Cook for about 5 minutes, then pour in the vegetable stock and let it simmer covered, stirring now and then, for about 20-25 minutes or until sunchokes are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare the topping. In a bowl combine flour, breadcrumbs and parmesan. Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingertips till you have a breadcrumb consistency, then stir in chive and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste.

Place the leaks and sunchokes into a baking dish together with their cooking liquid. Drizzle some oil and cover with the crumble topping. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top is golden.

In the meantime, prepare the yoghurt sauce. In a small bowl combine the Greek yoghurt, chive, salt and pepper. Pour in milk and oil and stir well. Keep refrigerated till it’s served.

Crumble Salato al Porro e Topinambur con Salsa di Yogurt Greco

Ho sempre ritenuto che i crumble fossero dolci – cosa che certamente sono – ma ho dovuto ricredermi quando ho letto sul blog di Matt dell’esistenza dei crumble salati. Ovvio, perché non ci ho pensato io? Basta aggiungere sale anziché lo zucchero all’impasto della copertura e sostituire il ripieno di frutta con verdure (ma anche carne o pesce) e voilà! Les jeux sont fait! Chiaramente essendo io una patita di crumble, non potevo non sperimentare la mia versione salata per il cui ripieno ho adottato una combinazione di porri e topinambur. I topinambur sono una novità per me, nel senso che ne avevo spesso sentito parlare, ma non li avevo mai provati. Perciò, quando li ho visti al supermercato, ne ho comprati un po’, pur essendo indecisa su cosa farne. I topinambur sono radici, o tuberi, esteticamente simili alle patate ma con un sapore delicato più vicino ai carciofi; perfetti con i porri e con la consistenza friabile della copertura del crumble.

Questo crumble è ottimo servito con una salsa fatta con yogurt greco e erba cipollina.

Ingredienti

Per la copertura:

1 tazza di farina

1/2 tazza di pangrattato

100 g di burro leggermente salato, tagliato in piccoli pezzi

2 cucchiai di parmigiano reggiano grattugiato

50 g di erba cipollina tritata

1 ciuffio di prezzemolo tritato

pepe verde macinato al momento

sale q.b.

Per il ripieno:

400 g di topinambur pelati e tagliati a pezzi

250 g di porro tagliato a fette

1 scalogno a fette

1 spicchio d’aglio

2-3 cucchiai di olio extravergine di oliva

300 ml di brodo vegetale

pepe verde macinato al momento

sale q.b.

Per la salsa allo yogurt:

170 g di yogurt greco

3 cucchiai di latte

1 cucchiaio di olio extravergine di oliva

una manciata di erba cipollina tritata

pepe verde macinato al momento

sale q.b.

Tempo di preparazione: circa 30 minuti

Tempo di cottura: 1 ora

Per 4 persone

Preriscaldare il forno a 180°C.

Versare l’olio in una padella e friggere lo scalogno e l’aglio a fuoco basso per 1-2 minuti, finché non risultano dorati. Eliminare l’aglio e aggiungere i porri e i topinambur. Cuocere per circa 5 minuti, quindi versare il brodo vegetale e lasciare cuocere coperto, mescolando di tanto in tanto, per circa 20-25 minuti o fino a quando i topinambur non sono morbidi. Salare e pepare a piacere.

Preparare la copertura del crumble. Mescolare in una ciotola la farina, il pangrattato e il parmigiano. Lavorare con le mani il burro nel composto di farine fino ad ottenere una consistenza simile a briciole, quindi aggiungere l’erba cipollina e il prezzemolo. Salare e pepare a piacere.

Sistemare i porri e i topinambur in una pirofila insieme al loro liquido di cottura. Spruzzare sopra un po’di olio e coprire con la copertura del crumble. Infornare per circa 30 minuti, fino a che la copertura non risulta dorata.  

Nel frattempo preparare la salsa allo yogurt. In una ciotola mescolare lo yogurt greco, l’erba cipollina, il sale e il pepe. Versare l’olio e il latte e mescolare bene. Conservare in frigo fino al momento di servire.

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12 comments
  1. Mmm…I had never thought of making a savory crumble, either! Brilliant! :-p I don’t think I’ve tried a sunchoke before, but now that you say it tastes similar to artichokes, well…of course, now I HAVE to give them a try! Did you buy them fresh? I don’t think I will have the good fortune of finding them fresh here.

    • Rita said:

      Actually I thought about you while I was eating sunchokes… I was sure you’d like them! :D Yes, I bought them fresh at the market (they’re tubers halfway between sweet potatoes and ginger root, more or less). I think you can find them somewhere: they’re seasonal vegetables. Maybe under the commoner name “Jerusalem artichokes”. :P

  2. This is a fantastic idea, Rita! A great twist on comfort food for a chilly night.

  3. Rita said:

    Thanks! You can actually try with any kind of vegetables you wish. Possibilities are endless! :D

  4. summersher said:

    I LOVE crumbles. Mostly the crumble on top :)
    Looks great- that first picture is beautiful!

    • Rita said:

      Thanks! I’ll tell my husband you like the picture: he’ll be glad!:P

  5. This is a wonderful idea; love the crunchy crumble and the smooth mellow veggies underneath accompanied by yogurt; sounds almost mid=eastern!

    • Rita said:

      Thanks! It’s a lovely compliment! You know, I love Mid-Eastern cooking!! It’s something I should cook more often. :)

  6. Barton said:

    I wanted to make Lamb crumble once but never got round to it, thanks for bringing it back to mind. Nice recipe, I love sunchokes but usually just roast them.

    • Rita said:

      Mmmm… lamb crumble sounds deliciously terrific!! Let me know if you make it: I’m curious!

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