Snow Soup For You! Something for the DC Shut-ins

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

The weather here was cool and sunny. As an act of mercy for youse guys in the Northeast I thought I would help warm your spirits and stomachs with a recipe. I made this for dinner tonight. Of course, your stores are depleted from the pandemonium inherent with some folks facing two or three days of snow. But if you can scrape a few things together, you might enjoy some Salmon & Sweet Potato Soup.

I don’t usually measure ingredients so some of these are estimates. You can of course adjust to your preference. This recipe made four servings.

  1. Cut about 1 1/2 pounds orange sweet potatoes into 1 inch chunks
  2. Begin steaming sweet potatoes. You will cook these into soft.
  3. In a pot, place about a teaspoon of olive oil and heat on medium high
  4. Add 4 minced garlic cloves, heat until about half way cooked
  5. Add twelve grates of pepper from a pepper mill
  6. Add two tablespoons basil
  7. After a minute or two, add 1 medium chopped red onion.
  8. Add a dash or two cayenne pepper or to taste
  9. Sauté Onions until cooked fully, perhaps slightly browned.
  10. Deglaze with 1/2 to 3/4 cup white wine
  11. Reduce heat to medium low
  12. Add choice of ripe tomatoes cut into wedges, about 1 1/2 pounds
  13. Add 1 1/4 cup homemade vegetable stock (sans salt) or chicken if preferred
  14. Add 1 cup water
  15. When sweet potatoes are ready, add veg stock, water, or milk as preferred to sweet potatoes in a blender. Blend into a thick consistency that will pour. I used about 3/4 cup liquid.
  16. Pour sweet potato mixture into pot
  17. Cut 1 pound salmon (I used wild-caught Coho) into half inch chunks or squares
  18. In a sauté pan, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat at between medium high and medium heat.
  19. When salmon begins to cook add about 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Cook salmon until edges of chunks are cooked but the inside is uncooked–about half way through cooking.
  20. Pour salmon and remaining lemon juice into pot. Raise heat and bring to a boil then lower to a simmer, reduce soup slightly or to desired consistency.
  21. Eat

It’s a healthy recipe without the need for salt. Go organic if you are able.

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6 thoughts on “Snow Soup For You! Something for the DC Shut-ins”

  1. When people ask me for recipes I tell them they need to watch me make it and take notes. I’m like JT is not measuring stuff. That’s why I don’t bake. You can’t wing it much in baking, This is a soup I will try. Salmon is OK but not in my top 10 or maybe even 20 of fish. Rockfish is plentiful in San Diego. I think I’ll try it. For soup lovers, look up Emeril’s recipe for Portuguese Kale Soup. The US seems to have discovered kale in the past few years. I grew up eating all types of greens. A great peasant dish my old man would make is sauteed greens[kale, dandelion, etc.] w/ cannellini beans and crusty peasant bread. Be prepared to fart.

  2. Ralph

    So, if it rains in the desert, then that’s not really sand? Jim Inhofe is looking for a few good men.

  3. I’m housebound due to snow and made a wonderful potato-leek soup. It really hit the spot after hours of shoveling snow. I will give this salmon-sweet potato soup a try once I can get to the market. Sweet potatoes and salmon are among my favorite foods, but I never thought of combining them in a soup. Thanks, Darren!

  4. How’s that global warming working out for all those leftists in Washington, DC, New YorK, Philadelphia, etc.?

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