Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sweet Potato Apple Soup with Chipotle - Blogger CLUE

Don't you just love it when apple season comes around?  I do.  I love walking through the apple orchard and then picking a variety of sweet and fragrant apples to take home.  The apples are ripening in the area and the Apple Festival is scheduled for early October...I can hardly wait!

In the meantime, I am celebrating the Blogger CLUE Society theme this month:  apples....pears....and fall fruit in general.  The Blogger CLUE Society is a group of food bloggers. Each month members are paired with another food blogger, given a theme, and each blogger sets off to explore the assigned blog. The objective is to track down a recipe that matches the month's theme and that we are excited about making.  Of course I was focused on the apple!  

Even more exciting was that I was paired with Lea Ann!  Lea Ann is the friendly, helpful, lovely lady and wonderful cook at Cooking on the Ranch.  She enjoys preparing Western, Southwestern and Mexican food.  She says she enjoys cooking and wine and talking about cooking and wine.  I know that I fell in love with her blog when I first discovered it a number of years ago and have followed along ever sense, enjoying cooking and wine!  Lea Ann is not limited to Western regional cooking....she also prepares some wonderful German dishes and has also organized a trip to Germany to participate in a cooking school!  I longed to participate in that adventure!

Perusing Cooking on the Ranch was a delight.  While I was focused on the apple, I found myself repeatedly returning to Lea Ann's Roasted Pear with Blue Cheese Salad.  It will be coming up soon as I won't be just "tempted", it will be for dinner!!  The pumpkin is always a fall favorite at our house so, naturally, I have bookmarked a few pumpkin dishes to help me step into fall:  Pumpkin Pie Ravioli and Stuffed Pumpkin, all topped off with a Pumpkin Pie Martini!

Last January I had bookmarked a recipe that Lea Ann shared:  Sweet Potato Apple Soup with Chiptole!  Just the title had my mouth watering.  I was so happy to be able to prepare this soup for dinner this weekend.  It was super!  It is easy to make and delicious!  The sweet potato and apple are great paired together and the addition of chipotle makes this soup extra special!  I must warn you that it is quite spicy so if you are not a fan of spicy, I suggest cutting the amount of chipotle in half and then increase and taste as you go.....  Whatever you do, I promise it will be delicious!




Sweet Potato Apple Soup with Chipotle
adapted from Lea Ann at Cooking on the Ranch

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
2 ribs celery, cut into this slices
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1-inch dice
1 large clove garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 Tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles with adobo, adjust according to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 cup water
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1-inch dice
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

Garnish
2 Tablespoons toasted pumpkin seed
Cilantro leaves, chopped, and Greek Yogurt or sour cream

Place a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  When hot, add the oil and butter.  Heat until the butter melts.  Add the onion and celery and cook until tender and translucent, about 6 minutes.

Add the apples, garlic, ginger and chipotle sauce.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add the stock, water and sweet potatoes to the pot.  Increase the heat to high.  When the mixture boils, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the soup until the vegetables are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.  Add the lime juice and taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.  

Serve the soup in bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds, yogurt or sour cream and some chopped cilantro leaves.

PRINTABLE RECIPE


You may enjoy the fall fruit recipes that the other Blogger CLUE members prepared, take a look!


14 comments:

  1. Bet I'd love this! The sweet potatoes were calling to me last weekend:@)

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  2. I bet sweet potatoes and apples are great together. And we always have some adobo sauce in the 'frig.I like the ginger that's included too.
    Sam

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  3. I think this is just an excellent choice for our event. This is a great soup recipe and now I want to make it again so my photos are as good as yours. Great cooking with you this month and thanks for the kind words.

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  4. Glad Blogger CLUE gave you the little nudge you needed to whip up this gorgeous soup! The flavor combination sounds spectacular!!!

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  5. I love the sound of this soup - what a fantastic fall recipe!

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  6. I love to spice up my soup a little bit and with a little sweet sounds wonderful!

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  7. Doesn't that just make your tummy grumble and your mouth water~

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  8. This is such an interesting looking soup. Love the chipotle!

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  9. What a great soup! If it wasn't a 100 degrees today, I would make this ASAP!

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  10. Sounds like a really unique soup---a great starter for a Mexican meal.

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  11. Much as I love the taste of chipotle, I have to admit that I can't handle the heat of too much of it. So, like you suggested, I'll be reducing the amount at first and add in what I can take. It looks amazing.

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  12. Oh! Sweet potato and chili?? I think you made me almost feel ok with welcoming fall (I'm not really... but the soup helps)
    Some of my favorite flavors going on here!

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  13. I am hoping to harvest a lot of sweet potatoes this year so I am pinning this as well!!!!!

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  14. This soup sounds fantastic - I know my husband would absolutely love it.

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