I love cooking with sweet potatoes. So many varieties and flavour profiles, you can really have a lot of fun with them. Here are a few ideas, you can puree for thick or puree half if you want texture. Just whatever sounds good. Lemon juice is so nice with sweet potato. Fresh herbs. Miso. You literally could do sweet potato, chicken stock, a few big spoonfuls of white miso, puree, then top with a little scallion. That would be quite nice.
Onion, garlic, carrots, 3 sweet potatoes chunked, 1 regular potato chunked, chicken stock to cover about 4c, 1/2 cwhite wine, bay leaf, salt/pepper. butter. Saute all the aromatics in the butter, add the rest of the veg with the liquids and the bay leaf, simmer until tender, puree.
I made a good one this week that was 1/2 a turkey breast that I poached in homemade stock and a bottle of beer - I used 12oz of the Kissmeyer No. 2 Pale Ale - a dark gluten free would work, too. I did a quick brown of the turkey in duck fat before adding the stock and and beer. Brought to a simmer and then it reduce for a bit, then covered until the bird was done. Removed it from the stock and put them both in the fridge overnight. Removed the bones and skin, shredded the breast. Added back into a pot with the stock with the gelatin that resulted overnight. Slowly brought up to temp and while that was happening I pureed some tomatillos in a bit of stock with onion, garlic, cilantro, some salt/pepper a jalapeno, lime juice. Poured that in. When it was all warm and the flavours all became friends I ladled it all in my bowl on top of cubed roasted sweet potato. It was really good - the sweet roasted crispy potatoes were just right with the spicy.
Do you want pureed sweet potatoes or chunks of sweet potatoes you can see?
I do a pumpkin soup with roasted red pepper that would probably work with sweet potatoes. 1 quart stock (whatever you've got on hand!), 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes, half a jar of roast red peppers, half an onion sauteed. Blenderize that and add a dollop of sour cream if you like.
Or how about a soupy stew with more whole sweet potatoes? I'll brown half a pound of cubed pork, add in 1 cup tomato sauce (El Pato brand is yummy!), loads of spices, and some cooked cubed sweet potatoes. Add some broth/water to get it up to a soup consistency and cook it down until thickened to your liking. I like mine pretty stew-like. Serve with sour cream or avocado, or plain!
I've only attempted to make sweet potato soup once - It's on my to-do list to make the soup again cos it turned out great!
I cooked all ingredients in my crockpot:
4 large sweet potatoes (chopped into quarters)
Half of a large head of cauliflower (equates to approx 10 flowerets)
Chicken stock/broth (as much as you
like - I filled the crockpot almost
to the top)
Cook in crockpot on low setting for approx 6-8 hours until the potatoes are cooked through.
The only bit that was a little tedious was I then removed all ingredients from the crockpot and blended in my food processor (would be so much easier to have a hand-held blender).
The potatoes make the soup really thick so it's best to add extra water when blending.
I ended up with quite a few portions so I froze some and heated up as and when needed - Seasoned with some salt and pepper, it was really yum.
Interested to see if anybody else has other recipes!
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