Friday, August 3, 2012

Smokey Sweet Potato Soup

My mother-in-law makes a delicious sweet potato soup that gets a wonderful smokiness to it from the sausage she sautés  for it. I’ve wanted to mimic it with a vegetarian version, so the last time the smoker was going, we threw some sweet potatoes on there.

They look kind of dreadful and burnt coming off the smoker, but once you get inside, there’s nice soft, smokey potato goodness in there. From there it’s easy to make any variety of soups.

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Smokey Sweet Potato Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

5 medium sweet potatoes, rinsed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup white wine
6 cups vegetable stock
peach hot sauce to taste (or other fruity, sweeter hot sauce; or hot sauce plus some honey)
1-2 cups heavy cream to taste (optional)
2-3 Tbsp butter
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
maybe a little brown sugar

Directions:

- smoke potatoes 1 - 1 1/2 hours until cooked through; when cooled, peal and dice
- saute onion in olive oil until translucent
- add garlic and allow to sweat 10-15 seconds
- add wine and allow to reduce by half
- add stock, potatoes some salt and cayenne and simmer 15-20 minutes until flavors come together
- transfer half of the potatoes and some stock to a blender to puree, and then return to the pot
- stir in cream and butter and finish with hot sauce

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