Well, it wasn’t mine. The Soup Simmer-Off at the Federated church attracted about 13; or was it 14 contestants? And my Sweet Potato Surprise didn’t win. It was good; but presentation is everything and mine was very bland looking.
I started with a recipe that attracted me because of the colors it promised.
Here’s the original recipe;
Eating a rainbow of colors isn't so easy in the winter, but here is a
soup that is as sweet and pungent, as it is colorful. More accurately,
the soup will be as colorful as the sweet potatoes that you choose,
which come in an array whose colors include red, orange, purple,
yellow and white. With the added benefit of only 3 grams of fat per
serving, this soup is a winner for your health.
1 teaspoon ghee or olive oil
1 pinch red chili flakes
1 cup chopped leeks or onions
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
2 tablespoons tamari or
5 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala
6 cups vegetable stock (I had to use chicken stock)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the red chili
flakes, leeks, ginger, and aminos. Sauté for two or three minutes. Add the
sweet potatoes and sauté until they are well coated and begin to brown
slightly. Add the coriander and garam masala. Sauté another two minutes,
stirring frequently. Add the vegetable stock to cover the sweet potatoes
and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer until the sweet potatoes
are tender. Blend with a hand blender or food processor into a smooth
consistency, adding more stock as necessary. Reheat before serving and
garnish with the chopped cilantro. Serves 4.
I had to double the recipe, as we were supposed to make enough for 8-10 people. And then, the liquid seemed to overwhelm the potatoes, so I had to add…surprise! Yukon Gold Instant potatoes. Which were great for adding consistency and giving the color a slight boost into the less than nauseating range. And I had to strain the soup to remove the Coriander as some people (nameless) seemed to think soup should not contain ‘things’. But I had to do something with the flavor.