Caribbean Sweet Potato Bisque
This recipe can be found on page 71 of Angela Shelf Medearis’ excellent cookbook The Ethnic Vegetarian, a book which in this author’s opinion serves as an ideal ‘thickening agent’ for any collection of vegetarian cookbooks by virtue of its broad cultural scope, ease of use, and reliably excellent results.
- 1.5 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
- 4.5 cups vegetable broth
- .5 teaspoon ground turmeric
- .75 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- .5 teaspoon sugar
- .25 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- .25 teaspoon white pepper
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice
Bring the sweet potatoes and vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add the turmeric. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Strain the potatoes into a food processor, reserving the broth from the pot. Process the potatoes, adding 1 tablespoon of the reserved broth at a time, until the mixture is smooth. Pour the potatoes back into the pot. Stir in the coconut milk, salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, and white pepper. Simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium–high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the onion and the lime juice to the soup. If the soup is too thick, stir in a few more tablespoons of the vegetable broth until the soup is the desired consistency. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.
NOTES: I prepared this soup without cayenne pepper for the benefit of my kids sensitive palates. I also used more of the reserved broth than indicated and about half of the onion indicated, this last primarily because my kids are committed to avoiding onions. The flavor of the onions is very important to the final flavor of the soup however, so omitting them entirely would be an error (IMO). In the end I told my son the onions he did find in his bowl were worms, which caused him to complain that he didn’t have as many worms in his bowl as me or his sister.