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.
- Cut about 1 1/2 pounds orange sweet potatoes into 1 inch chunks
- Begin steaming sweet potatoes. You will cook these into soft.
- In a pot, place about a teaspoon of olive oil and heat on medium high
- Add 4 minced garlic cloves, heat until about half way cooked
- Add twelve grates of pepper from a pepper mill
- Add two tablespoons basil
- After a minute or two, add 1 medium chopped red onion.
- Add a dash or two cayenne pepper or to taste
- Sauté Onions until cooked fully, perhaps slightly browned.
- Deglaze with 1/2 to 3/4 cup white wine
- Reduce heat to medium low
- Add choice of ripe tomatoes cut into wedges, about 1 1/2 pounds
- Add 1 1/4 cup homemade vegetable stock (sans salt) or chicken if preferred
- Add 1 cup water
- 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.
- Pour sweet potato mixture into pot
- Cut 1 pound salmon (I used wild-caught Coho) into half inch chunks or squares
- In a sauté pan, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat at between medium high and medium heat.
- 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.
- 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.
It’s a healthy recipe without the need for salt. Go organic if you are able.
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