Morgan’s Post: Roasted Sunchokes

Looking at a sunchoke, you may ask yourself, “is this ginger or an odd type of potato?” You may be surprised to find out it is neither, it’s actually a unique root vegetable that comes from a particular species of sunflower. They are a great substitute for potatoes especially for diabetics because they contain only one carbohydrate, called inulin. Inulin is a diabetic-friendly carbohydrate and is often found as an additive in processed foods.  Sunchokes can beused in a variety of ways, but my favorite is as a substitute for roasted potatoes. They have a slight nutty taste and have a softer more gel-like center than potatoes. I added my go-to spices when cooking roasted potatoes but feel free to tweak the recipe to reflect your preferences.


  • 5-6 medium sized sunchokes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or any other preferred oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary


  1. Set the oven for 400 °F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash the sunchokes, making sure to scrub off the dirt.
  3. Chop them into finger sized or bite sized pieces as you would a potato.
  4. Place a pot filled with water on the stove top and bring to a boil.
  5. Once the water is boiling, place the sunchokes in the water carefully and boil for 4 minutes.
  6. Drain the sunchokes and pat dry with a paper towel taking care not to burn yourself.
  7. Place the sunchokes in a bowl mixing in the salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic. Then add the olive oil and mix again.
  8. Spread the sunchokes in an even layer across the baking sheet and place in the oven for 40 minutes or until desired crispness.
  9. Enjoy!
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