Thursday, October 23, 2008

Food For Thought Thursdays: Smoky-Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Fall is upon us and it's absolutely my favorite time of the year. The air has crisp bite, the leaves are changing and it's so much fun to snuggle up under the down comforter and cozy t-shirt sheets. I love soup, especially when it's chilly out and found this yummy recipe. Enjoy!
Smoky-Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

4 sweet potatoes (2½ pounds), peeled and sliced 1 inch thick
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
4 slices smoky bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped, plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
5 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
One 32-ounce container chicken broth
1 teaspoon grated peel and juice of 1 orange
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Honey or maple syrup, for drizzling
1 cup sour cream, for passing around the table

1. In a large saucepan, add the sweet potatoes and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, salt the water and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.
2. While the potatoes are working, in a medium pot, heat the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan. Add the bacon and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Add the onion, carrot, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, thyme sprigs and bay leaf and cook until the onions are softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, orange peel, orange juice and cinnamon; drizzle with honey and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaf.
3. Add the broth mixture to the sweet potatoes in the pot and puree with an immersion blender (alternatively, puree in batches in a blender or food processor). Serve the soup with the sour cream and bacon on top.


Natalie said...

I'm so flattered that you posted my pictures! Thank you!

Dawn said...

You are welcome, Natalie! Your recipe was sooo good...I may have to make it again this weekend:)

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