Nov 23
2009

Sweet Potato Soup with Maple & Bacon Recipe

Sweet Potato Soup with Maple & Bacon Recipe

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Thanksgiving is drawing near in the United States. Turkeys are running scared, school children are learning about the Pilgrims and the Indians, and I am standing in the middle of the grocery store, wondering what the heck the difference is between a sweet potato and a yam. More on that later. While perusing Elise Bauer’s inspiring site, Simply Recipes, I came across a recipe for sweet potato soup. I was attracted to the soup because of the beautiful color and the addition of maple syrup. Perhaps it is my Canadian blood talking, but I have a tendency to infuse Thanksgiving dishes, such as my Maple & Brown Sugar Cranberry Sauce Recipe, with the rich, sweet taste of maple syrup. To my palate, however, sweet is always best when paired with a little salt and a hit of tang. To achieve this, I sautéed a chopped Granny Smith apple, along with the vegetables, in bacon drippings and crumbled crisp bacon over each serving. Each time I took a bite of this flavorful soup, I knew I had hit the mark.

Back to the sweet potato and yam dilemma. In an effort to put my uncertainty on this topic to rest forever, I did a little research. It turns out that yams and sweet potatoes are not even related. Yams, which come in a variety of colors, are grown in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania, and when they make the long journey to North America, are primarily sold in international food markets. The tubers typically found in the produce section of your local grocery store are a variety of sweet potato, despite the sign that boldly claims, “Yams”. Darn those grocery store scoundrels.


Sweet potato, not yam.

In a large saucepan set over medium heat, cook 3 strips of bacon until crisp.


Transfer the bacon to a paper towel to drain. When cool, crumble the bacon and set aside.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to the bacon drippings in the saucepan and turn the heat up to medium-high. Add 1 cup chopped onion and 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add 2 celery stalks, chopped, and 1 large leek, sliced (white and pale green parts only). Sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Add 2 garlic cloves, chopped, and sauté for 1 minute.


Peel and chop 1 1/2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes and add to the onion mixture, along with 5 cups chicken broth, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes.

Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Working in batches, purée the sweet potato mixture in a blender until smooth.


Return the soup to the saucepan. Add 1 1/2 cups half and half and 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup and heat, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowl and garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon of half and half, and crumbled bacon.

Other sweet potato recipes:
Karina’s Kitchen’s Sweet Potato Pie
Kalyn’s KItchen’s Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Culinography’s Sweet Potato Praline Bread 

Sweet Potato Soup with Maple & Bacon

3 strips bacon
2 tbsp butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large leek, sliced (white & pale green parts only)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 pounds red-skinned potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 cups chicken broth
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups half and half, plus more for garnish
2 tbsp maple syrup

In a large saucepan set over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel to drain. When cool, crumble the bacon and set aside.

Add butter to the bacon drippings in the saucepan and turn the heat up to medium-high. Add onion and apple, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add celery and leek and 1 large leek. Sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes and add to the onion mixture, along with chicken broth, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes.

Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Working in batches, purée the sweet potato mixture in a blender until smooth.
Return the soup to the saucepan. Add 1 1/2 cups half and half and maple syrup and heat, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowl and garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon of half and half, and crumbled bacon.
Serves 4 to 6.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie's Recipes November 23, 2009 at 5:59 am

wow! You can always amaze me with the endless creative dishes! The sweet potato soup looks and sounds even better than a pumpkin soup!

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2 Christine November 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Sweet potato soup tastes heavenly that I can resist.
Thanks for clarifying sweet potatoes and yams are not related. Yeah, the labels at grocery stores are very confusing.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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3 Fresh Local and Best November 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

This looks like a winning combination of flavors! I'm impressed with the variety of vegetables added to this soup. It looks delicious!

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4 Divina Pe November 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I am confused too between yams and sweet potatoes. Oh, I want to have a huge bowl of that soup. The color is just gorgeous as well the photo.

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5 Barbara Bakes November 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

What a gorgeous colored soup! Love the splash of white in the picture!

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6 Natalie November 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm

This soup looks delicious, and what beautiful presentation! I love sweet potato with bacon, I am sure maple adds the right amount of sweetness!

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7 Laura November 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

That's a great soup, perfect for the cold whether:)

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8 Brie: Le Grand Fromage November 23, 2009 at 11:51 pm

ooo, what a beautiful soup! sweet potatoes are lovely in soup. i'll be making this after the holidays if we have some leftover – thanks!

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9 5 Star Foodie November 24, 2009 at 12:46 am

This sweet potato soup sounds so wonderful! I love the addition onf bacon here!

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10 Kalyn November 24, 2009 at 3:04 am

Thank you for helping on this quest to set the world straight about sweet potatoes! It's hopeless though!

The soup sounds delicious. I'm a slow convert to sweet potatoes, but I love them now!

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11 My Little Space November 24, 2009 at 5:09 am

Yes, yam & sweet potatoes are both not the same! But their texture are quite similar. And your savoury sweet potato soup looks nice & tasty.

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12 citronetvanille November 24, 2009 at 6:15 am

I never used maple, lovely orange soup, what's more perfect than that for Thanksgiving!

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13 Shirley November 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

What a lovely presentation. Sure winner!

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14 Bellini Valli November 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and plenty of comforting soup:D

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15 Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food & Style November 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

A magnificent soup! I adore sweet potatoes and I love the addition of the maple syrup — It highlights their sweetness beautifully

A great soup for the holidays!

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16 Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food & Style November 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

A magnificent soup! I adore sweet potatoes and I love the addition of the maple syrup — It highlights their sweetness beautifully

A great soup for the holidays!

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17 Brad November 24, 2009 at 4:34 pm

What a great soup to go along with the cold weather descending on me now…Thanks for the recipe, I will really enjoy this

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18 wasabi prime November 24, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Beautiful recipe — what a celebration of the season's flavors and a mix of both sweet and savory. It's dangerous to see all these amazing recipes so close to Thanksgiving, as I keep adding to the menu and the fridge is nearly bursting at the seams!

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19 Tasty Eats At Home November 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm

This sounds wonderful, but most of all you made it look so pretty!

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20 Diana Bauman November 24, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Dara, you most certainly hit the mark on this one! I've been playing with these flavours as well, so I'm pretty excited to give this soup a try! Seems perfect for the kiddos as well! Well done!

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21 Miranda November 25, 2009 at 1:57 am

CC,
Wow. Your creativity is so inspiring. This looks mouthwatering! What a fab. rich soup!!!

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22 CheapAppetite November 25, 2009 at 3:51 am

beautiful soup. I'd love mine with bacon for sure. yummy crispy bacon!

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23 Ruth November 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

Drooling! Seriously, I am! What flavours!

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24 Chelsey November 28, 2009 at 12:16 am

This is on my to try this week list! Thank-You ;)

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25 Mr. P November 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm

My sweet potato soup was vegan. But bacon makes everything better! (Sorry folks!)

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