Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Sweet Potato Soup

The cool weather is fast approaching and the school assignments are starting to pile up.  I have created a soup that is fast and easy to make.  This soup warms you from the inside out and makes your house smell delicious. As well one of the best things about soup is that the leftovers are just as good as the first time.

Soup can be made with anything.  Sometimes soup is describe as anything but the kitchen sink.  This sweet potato soup is the combination of simple ingredients that go well together.  My favourite type of soup is thick creamy chunk-less soup.  This soup falls into that category.

Soup is about taking the time at each step to bring out the best flavour and texture.  By sauteing the vegetables, apple with the spices it really enhances the overall flavour of the dish.  Although this soup basically cooks by itself it still tastes better if you take the time to perform each step.

This is what the soup will look like once it it all bubbled and cook.  It is almost time to eat.  Soup is also a dish that will impress your friends and family.  Whether you serve this sweet potato soup as a starter to an amazing meal or your serve it as your meal with some fresh bread it is bound to impress.

 The Recipe 
1/2 tbs olive oil 
1 onion 
1 apple 
2 cloves of garlic 
2 stalks of celery 
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg 
1 tsp cumin 
2 tsp hot sauce 
1 tsp fresh pepper 
1/2 salt 

2 sweet potatoes 
3 1/2 chicken stock 
1 cup milk 

In a big pot heat the olive oil.  Chop the onion, peel and chop the apple, dice the celery, grate the garlic put in the hot pot. Cook the vegetables and the apple at medium heat stirring occasionally until soft and tender.  Add the spice and hot sauce into the pot stir to coat the vegetables. Add the peeled diced sweet potatoes saute for 5 more minutes.  Add the chicken stock to the pan bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and cover with lid cook for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft.  While cooking stir occasionally.  Once potatoes soft add in the milk and blend the soup until smooth.  I use a hand blender but you can use a blender or food processor which ever you are more comfortable with.  Blend the soup until it is smooth.  Serve hot. Garnish with fresh sage or a sweet potato crisp.  

* If you want to make this recipe vegan use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock, and use a milk alternative instead of milk.  
* Add more or less hot sauce depending on your certain tastes