Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Smokin Sweet Potato, 'Bacon' and Maple Syrup Soup






I had to. I just had. I needed to get a taste of bacon in a kosher kind of way.

While I have no clue what real bacon tastes like, I can only imagine. So when I crossed a bacon sweet potato soup recipe, I totally digged the idea of turning it into my own. I must say, that the challenge was deliciously met using Clubhouse bacon bits. The toppings truly rock the soup with crunch, sweetness and smokin flavor.  So hear it is balabustas, a 'bacon' and maple syrup soup that kosher foodies can enjoy!



INGREDIENTS
 50 minutes | Serves 4

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil 
  • 4 sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes 
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped 
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon smoked salt (kosher salt will do if you don't have it) 
  • Pepper, to taste 
  • 1/3 cup of simulated bacon bits, plus more for garnish - I  used Clubhouse Simulated Bacon Bits
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup, plus more to drizzle on top 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1 cup of milk 
  • 4 strands of chive, finally chopped 
  • Grated parmesan, to garnish 



INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat a medium heavy pot over medium heat. 
  2. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, and tip and tilt  the pot to coat. 
  3. Add the onion, sweet potatoes, bacon bits stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon for about 4 minutes. 
  4. Season with smoked salt and pepper, then stir in the cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Pour in the vegetable stock and simmer for about 25-30 minutes until the sweet potatoes are softened. 
  6. Pour the milk and with an immersion hand blender blend the soup. If you do not have an immersion blender, allow the soup to cool and then ladle it in batches into a blender.
  7. Whisk in 2 tbsp of maple syrup into the soup and reheat gently over low heat.
  8. To serve, pour the soup into bowls, garnish with bacon bits, a drizzle of maple syrup, and chopped chives. You can also top it with grated Parmesan cheese as well. 
  9. Slurp,  savor, crunch the bits and enjoy this sweet and smokin soup!