Braised Salsify

  • serves 6
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

Recipe Courtesy Tom Colicchio from “Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen.”

23 Ratings
Directions for: Braised Salsify


Braised Salsify

1 lemon

6 cup water (1500 ml)

2 lb(s) salsify (908 g)

1 cup blonde soffritto base (250 ml)

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

2 sprig fresh rosemary

1 tsp tomato paste (5 ml)

4 whole peeled plum tomatoes (canned or fresh)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Blonde Soffritto Base

4 cup minced red onion (1 litre)

2 cup minced celery (500 ml)

2 cup minced carrot or fennel (500 ml)

1 ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil (425 ml)


Braised Salsify

1. Squeeze the lemon juice into a large bowl. Add the rinds and 6 cups of water. Peel the salsify, trim the ends, then cut each stalk into lengths about ½-inch thick and 2 ½-inches long. Place the salsify in the lemon water to keep it from browning.

2. Heat the soffritto in a large high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste.

3. Crush the tomatoes and add them with their juices. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the flavours begin to meld, about 10 minutes. Drain the salsify and add it and ½ cup water to the skillet.

4. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat, turning the salsify from time to time, until it is tender, about 45 minutes (adding a little more water if the pan starts to look dry). Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper and serve.

Blonde Soffritto Base

1. Combine the onion, celery and carrot or fennel in a large high-sided skillet. Add the oil and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are the colour of straw, about 45 minutes. Use immediately or cool then refrigerate for up 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.

2. Note: Don’t scorch vegetables. Stir frequently and add ¼ cup of water to keep pan lubricated if vegetables are inclined to stick.

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