So. The taps have been in for 10 days. 10 days. 10 recipes. Any bets on how many more days the taps will be in? Because I’m running out of inspiration. Ok, not really. I still have numerous maple recipes to try out. I think Grandma would be proud of my dedication to this March Maple Madness project.
Sweet Potato Soup with Nutmeg, Maple Syrup and Bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
5 cups sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 – 2 pounds)
4 veggie broth
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 slices bacon, cooked and cut into 1/2″ pieces.
Cook bacon until just crispy. Drain and set aside. Cut into 1/2″ pieces.
Melt butter in large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 5 minutes. Add chopped celery stalks and sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add sweet potatoes, veggie broth, cinnamon, and nutmeg and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
Remove cinnamon stick and discard. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return to pot. Add half and half and maple syrup and stir over medium-low heat to heat through. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle bacon on top. Salt and pepper to taste.