It’s officially Winter Break!!!! I finally have time now to make cookies, bread, pies, and all the non-necessities that will help provide me the “physical padding” to keep me warm this winter. This sweet bisque provides all the spiritual warmth a person could ask for… and it’s a meal!
I would like to apologize again for this lengthy gap between posts. In my defense, it has been the last month of school which — as you all know — has meant a lot of homework and projects on top of work.
As Chelsea quite literally just told me, “If someone had told me how hard this was going to be before I did it… I probably would have still done it: just a little more begrudgingly.”
Luckily, being a music education major means that, while it can be super stressful, it can always be incredibly fun. After all, when you’re surrounded by other educators, your creative juices just really get flowing. Point in case: my friend and I actually wrote a parody of Thriftshop for our capstone project in the class. Since I know you REALLY want to see it, I’ll include the video down below. Here’s a sneak preview of me wearing the aggregate of our costumes:
Don’t get me wrong though! I have been cooking. A lot. In fact, Scott and I actually made all the sides for his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner: Sweet Potato Corn Bread, a Mac and Cheese Casserole, a Green Been Casserole, Cranberry Butter, Cranberry Sauce, and Browned Butter and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, followed by Mini Apple Hand Pies.
Some of these recipes will find their way on the blog later, but I’m really excited to share this soup recipe with you, so this is coming up first.
Seriously, make this. Make this tonight. It’s sweet enough that you’ll want a piece of hot bread to go with it, but not so sweet that you feel like you’re slurping one of those cavity-inducing Sweet Potato Casserole dishes. In the words of my roommate (and quality-control taster), this bisque is “the perfect soup to have on a chilly day in the Fall.”
Actually, considering that it’s December 7th and I am currently devouring my third bowl this week of the soup, I would probably consider this to be “the perfect soup to have on a chilly day in the Fall or Winter or really just any chilly day in general because it’s amazing.”
- 3 medium-to-large sweet potatoes
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2.5 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp cayenne
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 Tbsp. Brandy (optional but highly recommended)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup sharp shredded cheese
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Use a fork to poke some holes into the sweet potatoes and place in oven on a baking sheet for approximately one hour (until they are nice and tender).
- Once the potatoes are done, remove from oven and cut them in half to allow them to cool.
- While the sweet potatoes are cooling, prep your remaining ingredients.
- Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to be handled, scoop out the orange flesh into a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times, and then add a cup of chicken broth and puree until smooth.
- Then, pour the maple syrup into a large soup pop. Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes, until it reaches a honey-like consistency. You'll want to stir fairly frequently.
- Stir in the sweet potato puree into the maple syrup and stir until well-combined.
- Add in the remaining broth and the apple cider, thyme, nutmeg, cayenne, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue stirring until everything is heated through (about ten minutes).
- Stir in the Brandy and whipping cream and warm through (about five minutes).
- Stir in the cheese and butter and warm until completely melted.
- If the soup seems too thick, stir in some more broth.
“Hello… it’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to [eat].”
This is appropriate because it’s been so freaking long since my last post! And also because it’s just such a killer song you keep returning to time after time, just like this dish. 😉
Also, as promised… here is my education class’s version of Thriftshop