Steamed clams with truffled lady apple and sunchoke cream and a beet galette

It’s a great thing when I can sneak in a quick trip to New York City. Despite the hustle and bustle, I feel a sense of ease and calmness there. Funny thing.

I arrived early Wednesday morning and although I knew it was going to be a day full of book meetings, I had two things on my agenda that morning; a quick stop at the Union Square farmer’s market and a little shopping next-door at ABC Home.

“I want to see all your apples!” I told the young girl at the stand. Can I tell you that every time I see a young farmer or anyone involved in supporting local agriculture makes me want to pack up my things and move to the country?

Every single time.

She told me about all the varieties on display and I bought several to snack on during my trip and some to bring back home. These lady apples and Babycakes cookies is what I brought back home for my family. The cookies were gone in a matter of minutes and the lady apples soon followed.

Lady apples are crisp and tart. I love to eat them as they are, added to fruit salads like this or paired with a creamy dessert like this one.

“We should make a creamy soup with the apples and sunchokes we got at the farmers’ market” I suggested to my mom. “Yes, and we should add some truffle oil too!”

Sunchokes are another root vegetable that we enjoy in soups. Earthy, but not overpowering, they are great with a little drizzle of truffle oil. Even after roasted with a touch of sea salt.


“And you know what else? We could add some clams on top!” I thought. I love this dynamic of creating dishes from ideas we bounce back and forth from each other.

It was early Saturday morning and the air was crisp. We had the windows open all day, which is a true luxury here in South Florida. No plans for the day. Simply cook some soup, take a walk, and if lucky, sneak in a nap.

“Making soup with the windows open. It doesn’t get much better than this” I said. Everyone agreed.

While the soup was simmering, I rolled out some hazelnut tart dough for a quick caramelized onion and golden beet galette. Steamed clams with truffled apple and sunchoke cream and a slice of galette was our menu for the day.

Not bad, right?

That afternoon we played outside. Jon and my dad rode their bikes around the neighborhood, while the rest of us stayed home. C. read to Miren. “More, more” she repeated.

He read it over and over again.

Meanwhile, I made one of the best gluten and dairy free chocolate puddings I have ever made, served with sauteed apples and raspberries. Everyone raved about it. It deserves its own post – that’s how good it is.

Lady Apple, Sunchoke, and Leek Cream with Steamed Herb Clams

Serves 4 to 6

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium leek, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium russet potato, peeled and diced
8 ounces (225 g) small lady apples or 1 large Gala apple, peeled, cored and diced
8 ounces (225 g) sunchokes, peeled and diced
2 cups (500 ml) chicken stock
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
16 Little Neck clams, washed
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
Truffle oil, optional

In a medium pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add 2 cloves of garlic and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Add the potato, lady apples, sunchokes, chicken stock, 2 sprigs of thyme, salt, and coriander. Bring liquid to a boil, cover the pot, lower heat to medium low, and cook for 15 minutes. Add the coconut milk and puree the soup. Adjust seasoning.

In a separate pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the clams, 1 sprig of thyme, and parsley. Cover the pot and cook for about 5 minutes or until clams open completely. Discard any clams that remain closed after cooking.

Ladle the soup into a bowl. Drizzle with truffle oil and top with steamed clams. Garnish with fresh herbs. Serve immediately.

Beet and Caramelized Onion Galette

Serves 4

1 recipe for savory tart dough (mine has hazelnuts in it)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 medium golden beets, peeled and thinly sliced (with a mandoline)
Fresh thyme leaves
Beet greens, optional

Preheat oven to 400F (200C).

In a medium saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, and black pepper. Cook until soft and slightly caramelized, about 8 minutes. Let the onions cool completely.

Roll the tart dough into a disk that is 1/8-inch thick. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Spread the cooled caramelized onions on the dough and top with the thinly sliced beets leaving a 2-inch border on the sides. Fold the dough over the beets. Gently tuck in the edges and pinch any cracked parts.

Chill the galette for 15 minutes. Top with fresh thyme and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve topped with beet greens.

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53 Responses to “Steamed clams with truffled lady apple and sunchoke cream and a beet galette”

  1. Joy says:

    Didn’t know the two would necessarily go well together! I love clams!

  2. the galette sounds and looks amazing!

  3. The clam dish looks and sounds really refined! A lovely galette too. Wonderful, as always.



  4. I love all these images, they are so graceful and lovely …

  5. jacqui says:

    I certainly wish I could keep the windows open this time of year! Everything looks so beautiful, I love the rustic savory beet galette, but I kinda can’t wait for your pudding recipe!

  6. Shelby says:

    What a deliciously enticing and inspiring post… I love the Union Square Farmer’s market, and you’ve seemed to make the best of it! Thank you for this delightful moment of the day…

  7. Dena says:

    Wow, this looks like an amazing meal. So happy you got to go to New York. Union Square Market is one of my most favorite places in the world.

  8. Caroline says:

    Wow! I am making the galette tonight. You had me at beets.

  9. Oh, that looks too incredible!!!! It was really so delicious that seems in the pictures?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Tiene todo una pinta buenisima, las fotos me encantan. Tengo que traducir muchas palabras que desconozco, pero lo conseguiré.

  11. I have been looking for a good dairy free chocolate pudding – would love to have your recipe!

  12. Nisrine says:

    I’m not a fan of beets but this galette sure looks delicious, Aran.

    Pretty photos as usual.

  13. Natashia says:

    You make the most amazing dishes! Ingredients that I never thought would go together, you make it seem so natural.

  14. Deeba PAB says:

    Canelle et Vanille in my mailbox early in the morning makes my day shine! Another gorgeous post, with food pairings that are magical. Thank you for all this beauty Aran … I love the idea of a savoury galette. Wondering if we get sunchokes here.

  15. I can’t wait for the pudding recipe! It’s been a challenge for me to make pudding without dairy. I’ve tried with Rice milk, and it’s pretty good.

  16. Dzoli says:

    I love looking at those inspiring pics;)

  17. Rebecca says:

    Mmmm . . . can’t wait for the gluten and dairy free pudding recipe!

  18. LeeAnna says:

    Everything about this is beautiful.

    The galette recipe has certainly climbed to the top of my “must try” list. (Hazelnut tart dough.. wonderful.)

  19. Sounds like a very different combination. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I dont’ think I have ever seen a sunchoke. These recipes sound, and look delicious. I love to cook, but with your cooking you seem to add extra layers, extra taste combinations and ideas that are just so exceptional, you are very talented!

  21. beautiful Aran, so happy you got to take a little stroll through my fav market :) Every single time I am there, I get emotional. I have a strong connection with the farmers and what they do. I dream of being a farmer someday. Out of all the things i shoot, farms and markets are my favorite. The apple varieties are crazy this time of year. Also glad you were able to stop in ABC! Such a dreamy place, did you know they have a blog? They just did an interview of me in it! Hope to see you next time. x N

  22. Nicole- oh no, i didn’t know about the blog. will check it out. can you share link please?

    and yes, i love the market too. Knowing that everything comes from within 100 mile radius makes me so happy. you guys are lucky!

    The pudding recipe will come soon, I promise. C. said it was the best one I had ever made so must share it wit you.

    Thank you!

  23. Ilke says:

    I love sunchokes, hard to find them around here. My mom used to cook with a little bit olive oil and rice.

    I would love to taste a beet galette, I guess I should make my own :)

  24. Anonymous says:

    yummy delioucious food….

  25. the galette looks amazing! I just got home to austria and my grandmother surprised me with various apple desserts (too many apple trees in the garden!) . there was a huuuge apple strudel with spelt crust and a typical cinnamon “Reindling” with apple sauce and lots of baked apples with honey. just cant get enough!

  26. zer0gluten says:

    Aran, como siempre todo fabuloso.
    Me encanta el vaso con los dibujos dentro.
    Sueño con ir un día a tu casa y ver todo el menaje que tienes. Es como el tesoro de los piratas para mis hijos, jaja.
    La receta de la masa de la galette no la has publicado,verdad?

  27. Zerogluten- si mis utensilios de cocina y menaje son como tesoros para mi tambien! :) Publicare la receta de la masa de avellanas pronto en cuanto haga otra tarta con ella. Gracias.

    Thanks all!

  28. a. maren says:

    i love your recipes. you take unusual, beautiful, healthy foods and do unusual, beautiful, healthy things with them. it’s glorious, and amazes the people i make them for :)

  29. Sini says:

    What a beautiful post once again! I love the arrangement of food and colors. And I’m so very jealous of all those props… Have a delicious weekend.

  30. This has to be one of my favorite posts of yours!!….yet i think that each time you post a new one. But really, the ideas are fresh and lovely and the photos have such a happy and pleasant feel. I adore your props and use of flowers and herbs!!

  31. Jen Laceda says:

    I’ll be waiting for your gluten-free chocolate pudding recipe!!! Wee-haw!! Please, please, pretty please post it soon :)

  32. Yamile says:

    I love your blog , your recipes always look so good , I’m blogging again after a lot of time and i’m visiting you again.
    Your blog is better than better,i hope you visit mine …

  33. I’ve often had the same impulse, to want to pack up and move to the country. It’s always a pull. Beautiful post, Aran.

  34. I’d die to have a taste of your chocolate pudding! :)

  35. Oh my goodness! You were right in my area. And maybe even at the farmers market at the same time as me! Hope you enjoyed your stay. Your photography, recipes and blog inspire and delight with every visit.

  36. Juliana says:

    I just made the soup for dinner tonight and will eat it soon. Can’t wait to open the bottle of truffle oil that has been waiting for something like this.

  37. The country cardenal- you are so lucky!

    Juliana- can’t wait to hear what you think!

    Thank you!

  38. Mike Ross says:

    I love your website, from style to poignant and well composed photography! Caught wind of your Makerie retreat, I’m a food blogger in Denver and would love to spread the word locally about your spring sessions. Can we set up a time to talk?

    Thanks Aran. Best,
    Mike Ross

  39. babyfood says:

    I was so inspired by this post that i made the entire thing, with a few substitutions. I made a galette with phyllo and carrot with the caremilzed onion method here, which turned out great sprinkled with some baby arugula from the garden. My version of the soup came out kind of funky. I substituted clam juice for the broth and chunks of cod for the clams. For me, the coconut milk wasn’t the right flavor and the texture was a little too gelatiny-silky. The combo of sunchoke, apple, and seafood was great but for me the earthy flavor was muddied by the coconut. Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. federica says:

    Your photos are beautiful :)

  41. Juliana says:

    Delicious! The truffle oil was perfect. I’m looking forward to more soup recipes.

  42. Sounds great. Super shots as usual.

  43. I am thrilled with this post. Golden beets is my googled food (strange) and I am always looking for more recipes. This is exquisite.

  44. just stumbled upon to tell you that i always enjoy your post and your “airy” and “translucent” style-your photos remind me of the smell of clean sheets in the sun:)

  45. Your photos are always so clear and bright. I love scrolling through them! I love how simple recipes can be so delicous too :o)

  46. Cassandra says:

    I haven’t been on your blog for a while and Ive missed it it is such a mouth watering experience!! :)

  47. I love your writing and your pictures!

  48. Heahter says:

    Wow! It all looks wonderful, in particular the galette, I am dying to try that!

  49. allie says:

    Which savory tart dough do you use? I am thinking of trying to bake a pumpkin and apple galette for Thanksgiving. Also, did the chocolate pudding get its own post? Your food and story are delectable and moving as always.

  50. Mandy says:

    The photographs are simply amazing – I adore the use of colour and props! And the recipe is sooooo delicious! :)

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