Curried Sweet Potato-Apple Soup

With a bagful of unused sweet potatoes leftover from holiday gatherings, I did some searching around for a delicious way to prepare them. I’m not the biggest fan of the sweet potato- but I’ve been working hard over the years and I’m slowly learning to like them. A bite full every Thanksgiving or so has turned into a small spoonful (and growing) on the plate over the years. Still, I wanted to find a recipe that would make me love the crazy little tubers- I think I found the one…

This is my personal variation of a Food Network recipe I found. There are many variations of sweet potato soup out there with parsnips, (which I like even less than sweet potatoes, especially the smell of them cooking) potatoes and whatnot. I finally settled on this recipe because of the curry and apples. It sounded good and ended up tasting even better.
Curried Sweet Potato-Apple Soup
Ingredients:
3 medium sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups chunky applesauce
1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, nutmeg, 1 1/4 teaspoons curry powder, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until toasted, 1 more minute.
Add the diced sweet potatoes and apples, chicken broth and 2 cups of water to the pot, cover and bring to a boil over medium- high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and stir in the applesauce. Simmer, covered, until the sweet potatoes and apples are soft, about 20 minutes. Puree the soup in a blender until smooth.
Peeling the sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes, chopped into chunky squares.
Garlic, onion, ginger root, nutmeg, curry, unsalted butter and sweet potatoes all ready to go.
Apples and sweet potatoes, all cooked (with all the other ingredients) and ready for blending.
Always a bit of a messy job, but well worth the results. I love a creamy, delicious soup.

On a whim, I threw in some feta cheese with the cilantro to garnish the soup. It ended up being one of my favorite flavors as it melted into the tasty soup. The apples and applesauce added a bit of sweet but the curry really gives it the delicious flavor. It tasted very similar to a butternut squash soup- which I think is a great thing.  I will definitely be making this soup again and very soon too.

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