Burdock with Fresh Thyme
With its earthy, yet delicate flavor burdock, tastes like artichoke hearts. Look for burdock in health-food stores, local farmers' markets, or Asian produce markets. Burdock roots come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are generally long like a carrot or parsnip. If you can't find fresh thyme, substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried.
  • 1 burdock root (about 8 ounces), scrubbed and trimmed, but not peeled
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Cut burdock crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices; as you work, drop burdock into bowl of water with a little lemon juice or vinegar to prevent discoloration.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 quart water and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar to a boil over high heat. Add burdock; return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes or until burdock is tender. Drain.

3. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Add drained burdock and cook one minute or until lightly coated.

4. Add wine, thyme, salt, pepper, and remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and cook one to two minutes to blend flavors.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 81 calories, 3.5g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 2.5g monounsaturated fat, 0.3g polyunsaturated fat, 1.9g dietary fiber, 1g protein, 10g carbohydrate, 0mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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