Sunchoke and hamachi carpaccio

Sunchoke and Hamachi Carpaccio

Inspiration can show up when you least expect it. This dish was actually inspired by a Coconut Pana Cotta of all things. What does a creamy Italian desert have in common with a savory sashimi appetizer you ask? Aside from looking incredibly tasty, pana cotta’s are typically creamy dishes that use a tart sauce to offset the fat. In this case, Helen used Yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit with mandarins to cut through the creaminess of the coconut milk and cream.

I suppose I am genetically programed to love Yuzu, yet I’m perpetually surprised at how a mere whiff of its citrusy floral aroma can put a huge smile on my face. I could go on espousing its virtues, but that’s an ode for another post.

Hamachi and sunchokes

This dish layers thin slices of crisp sunchoke with thin slices of hamachi(yellowtail) sashimi. It’s topped with a drizzle of olive oil and yuzu with a sprinkling of cherrywood smoked sea salt. The creamy smooth hamachi plays very nicely with the crisp sunchoke and tart Yuzu. If you can get your hands on smoked salt, it adds a wonderful meaty depth that infuses both character and body to the flavors in this dish.

While the ingredients on the list might seem intimidating to source, there’s not many of them. The key is to use fresh, high quality ingredients, then to nail the presentation. You could substitute Meyer Lemon or Lime for the Yuzu and tuna for the yellow tail if you had to. Just make sure the ingredients you’re using are of the best quality.

2-3 young sunchokes peeled
1/4 lbs sashimi grade hamachi
good quality olive oil
yuzu juice (fresh if possible, but bottled works as well)
smoked sea salt

shiso and tobiko for garnish(optional)

Using a mandoline slice the sunchokes into a bowl of ice water. This removes any extra starch and makes the sunchokes even more crisp. When they’re nice and cold, thoroughly dry each slice using paper towels.

Make sure your hands are cold and dry (put them in some ice water). Using a very sharp knife (use a sashimi knife if you have one), slice the hamachi using the weight of the knife in a single smooth stroke towards you (start cutting at the back of the knife and end at the tip).

Arrange them on a cold plate how you like and drizzle some yuzu, then some olive oil on top. Finish with a sprinkling of sea salt and serve immediately.

  • http://workingwomanfood.blogspot.com/ Deborah

    I have never had sunchokes before, but have always been intrigued by them. I have been seeing them at my market lately, and you are inspiring me to pick some up!

  • http://workingwomanfood.blogspot.com Deborah

    I have never had sunchokes before, but have always been intrigued by them. I have been seeing them at my market lately, and you are inspiring me to pick some up!

  • http://kitchenography.typepad.com/ Julie

    I’m sure it’s delicious and what a feast for the eyes. I love the muted glow of your opening picture.

  • http://kitchenography.typepad.com Julie

    I’m sure it’s delicious and what a feast for the eyes. I love the muted glow of your opening picture.

  • Marc

    Deborah, they’re delicious both cooked and raw, if you’re going to use them raw just make sure to go for the smaller young ones.

    Thanks Julie:-)

  • Marc

    Deborah, they’re delicious both cooked and raw, if you’re going to use them raw just make sure to go for the smaller young ones.

    Thanks Julie:-)

  • http://chewonthatblog.com/ Hillary

    That is one gorgeous dish! I’ve been hearing a lot about sunchokes lately but have never eaten one.

  • http://chewonthatblog.com Hillary

    That is one gorgeous dish! I’ve been hearing a lot about sunchokes lately but have never eaten one.

  • http://naturalcuisine.blogspot.com/ Lore

    What a gorgeous first photo! Thanks for the substitutes tip and making it sound a little bit less intimidating :)

  • http://naturalcuisine.blogspot.com/ Lore

    What a gorgeous first photo! Thanks for the substitutes tip and making it sound a little bit less intimidating :)

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com/ Tartelette

    What time is dinner? Seriously, I’ll bring the pana cotta! The first picture is absolutely drool worthy!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    What time is dinner? Seriously, I’ll bring the pana cotta! The first picture is absolutely drool worthy!

  • http://www.sugarlaws.com/ katy

    we are on similar sunchoke kicks lately! this looks so delicious — i’ve never made a butter-based salad dressing, but it sounds great!

  • http://www.sugarlaws.com katy

    we are on similar sunchoke kicks lately! this looks so delicious — i’ve never made a butter-based salad dressing, but it sounds great!

  • http://austinpie.blogspot.com/ Jerry

    Yummy!

  • http://austinpie.blogspot.com Jerry

    Yummy!

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