Thai Style Sweet Potato Soup: A Family Favorite
By Deborah Goldstein, founder Driven Women
It started out as a new sauce. I never follow recipes, so I just toss together what sounds good in my brain. Most of the time the results are tasty and balanced. Sometimes we hit divine. This time, it was a near catastrophe.
But experiments never fail, so I thought I’d begin to doctor the would-be sauce. The transformation resulted in the dish Michael has requested for birthday dinners and special occasions for years now.Print This Post
makes 5 quarts
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 ½ onions, peeled and chopped
1-2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
3 jalapeño, seeded and minced
3 inches ginger, peeled and minced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
½ dozen sweet spuds, peeled and cubed
1 seeded chipotle
2 Cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
1 Calabrese pepper
3 Kaffir lime leaves
About 3 quarts water or stock
1 Tbsp smoked salt
1 Tbsp kosher salt
plenty of pepper
1 can coconut milk
- Heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion, parsnip, celery, carrots and cook until onion is translucent- about 8 minutes.
- Add peppers, garlic, ginger and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Add sweet potatoes, chipotle, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, Calabrese pepper, Kaffir lime*.
- Add water or stock to just cover the ingredients.
- Bring to brief boil, lower heat and simmer until sweet potatoes are very tender- 30-45 minutes.
- Let cool for about an hour. Take out the cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, Calabrese pepper, Kaffir lime leaves…making sure you’ve got them all.
- Add in coconut milk and seasonings. Puree the soup with an immersion mixer or in batches in a blender. Add lime juice and orange juice. Adjust seasonings. Strain soup through a sieve- if desired. (Michael likes it a little gritty, I like it silky smooth)
- Add fried chorizo chunks for a dialed-up version. Garnish with cilantro if desired.
Deborah Goldstein is a successful restauranteur and founder of the Driven Women, a community composed to serve NYC professionals sharing the common goal of career advancement, while integrating family life and personal development.