On my last run to the markets I was lucky to find a wonderful bounty of sweet potatoes (the orange variety).  Fabulous, big fat tubers of yumminess!  Sometimes they can be a bit old and withered and in readiness to reproduce with little bits starting to grow out of them, but these were absolutely beautiful.

As a result we’ve been trying a few different recipes.  One of my friends who shared the bounty has had great success simply baking them whole in the oven, and then serving with mix and match toppings.  The family loves it because they get to customise their dinner and as a result eat it all up.  It’s a bit like baked potatoes with different toppings – a great idea we’ll be trying soon.

One of the recipes I’ve tried is this Curried Sweet Potato Soup.  It comes from a cookbook my Dad lent me (yes the cookbook fetish runs in the family) and came with high recommendations.  It was delicious and simple to make, so if you are fortunate to have some sweet potatoes on hand, give it a try.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup


1 tablespoon oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2-3 teaspoons curry powder

1/25kg orange sweet potato, peeled and cubed

4 cups chicken stock

1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated

½ cup coconut cream


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook gently until soft then mix in the garlic and curry powder.  Cook a further minute until fragrant.

Toss in the sweet potato, chicken stock and apple mixing well to combine.  Cook for 20-30 minutes until the potato is tender.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Blend in batches using a food processor of blend in the saucepan using a stick blender.  Return soup to heat, stir through coconut cream and reheat gently without boiling.

Recipe from Family Circle’s “Soups and Stews”, 1997

The Klutzy Cook Notes

  • I used 3 teaspoons of Keens Curry Powder which we found a bit hot.  Use your favourite blend and start with less rather than more, you can always adjust later.
  • Recipe serves 6

So what are your favourite sweet potato recipes?  Please share them below.

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