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Irish Root Soup

No recipe image available.A tasty purée of sweet potatoes, carrots, leeks and garlic in chicken stock served with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 pound sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
2 leeks (white part only), washed well and sliced
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups whipping cream plus whipped cream for garnish
Salt to taste
White pepper to taste
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Unsweetened whipped cream for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:

  1. Peel, cut in half and parboil sweet potatoes. Drain and place potato halves on a lightly greased baking sheet and roast in 350°F (175°C) for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
  2. Heat oil and butter in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add carrots, leeks and garlic. Sauté until leeks are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add sweet potatoes, stock and cream. Cover and simmer until carrots and potatoes are very soft, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  3. Purée soup using a hand-held blender or in small batches in blender. Return soup to same saucepan. Add salt, pepper and sugar. Taste and adjust seasonings. Stir soup over medium heat until heated through.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with a small dollop of unsweetened whipped cream.

Makes 6 servings.