Sweet Potato & Pepperdew Soup

28 May 2012 in Cheap and cheerful, Easy to prepare, Soups

Recently Woolworths (the South African equivalent of Marks & Spencer) held a competition, the prize being R50,000 for the best original soup recipe. I wracked my brains but nothing came to mind until yesterday……eight days after the competition closed *bangs head on desk*

Inspiration hit due to my friend Micheal giving me a jar of his homegrown pepperdews, he’s done a brilliant job, these are sweet, crunchy and have a nice hot bite to them.

I have a thing about soups and their consistency, I hate them too thick and so often people serve up, what quite frankly, looks like baby puree! The colour of this soup sends me, sunshine in a bowl, perfect winter fare and it tastes great!

Sweet Potato and Pepperdew Soup

1/2 onion finely chopped

50g pepperdews roughly chopped

A little oil for frying

600g sweet potatoes (the orange variety) peeled and sliced

750ml chicken stock

50ml fresh cream

Milk for diluting

Seasoning to taste

Gently fry the onion and pepperdews until soft.

Add in the sweet potatoes.

Pour in the stock.

Simmer until the potatoes are soft.

Cool and then put into a blender & blitz until smooth, a stick blender would work equally well.

Add the cream and heat through, the soup will be quite thick, you can add more cream if you so desire, or you can use less calories by adding milk until you get the consistency you enjoy.

Season to your taste, remembering that there is quite a bit of salt already if you used stock cubes.

I topped my soup with homemade croutons, slivered pepper-dew and garlic chives.

Serves 4-6 depending on the size of your bowls or your appetites.








19 responses to Sweet Potato & Pepperdew Soup

  1. Good to know I am not the only one who has moments of “late” inspiration…
    Fabulous soup!
    We have peppadews growing in our garden so might throw a few fresh ones at your scrumity soup recipe.
    :-) Mandy

    • We thought he combination worked really well, let me know what you think…..I think I’m a bit slow! :)

  2. What a pity your inspiration had delayed action switched on!

  3. Sue this looks divine and would the bottled pepper dews that you get at Woolies work? because i would love to try this recipe and i do have the orange sweet potatoes. Thanks Sue

    • Micheal’s pepper-dews are also in syrup, just like the ones you have. Let me know what you think Usha.

  4. This sounds really scrumptious, SC. Clever you to come up with it. Pity about the R50 000. ;)

  5. Very lovely Sous, i adore peppadews and will def give this soup a try. A ‘Eureka’ moment!

  6. Thanks, such a pity I didn’t have my moment earlier though! :)

  7. Yummy

  8. Sorry that it was tooooo late!! The soup looks delicious, however! I have also made a sweet potato soup recently, but I must still blog it. I hope you are well? It is veryyyyyy cold in Cape Town!

  9. Sunshine in a bowl is the perfect description. I would never have thought to include pepperdews in a soup but my mouth is watering at the thought of that fab combination ;)

    • I have also never used them in a soup before, but it really worked well with the sweet potatoes.

  10. I just bought a jar of spicy pepperdews and this sounds like a terrific way to use them.

  11. Ooh I love pepperdews. I wish I could grow my own.

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