Sweet potato velouté with feta cheese & mint
Sweet potato velouté with feta cheese
It’s official – winter is here. Layer up, put your thermal socks on and let’s prepare together this old time classic with a twist from Greece: feta cheese.
500g sweet potatoes
800ml vegetable broth
50ml coconut milk
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp coconut oil
freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp brown sugar
Wash and cut the sweet potatoes in half or thirds.
Place them in a pot and bring them to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a medium-high heat and let them boil for 5 more minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes and place them on a colander; allow them to cool first before you touch them. You can now either put on gloves and slide the potatoes out of their skin or use a peeler/ knife.
Blend the onion and garlic cloves into small pieces.
In a large, deep pot add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (alternatively, if you don’t have coconut oil you can use olive oil).
When the pan is hot, sauté the onion and garlic pieces over medium-low heat until they soften (4-5 minutes). Season with salt, 1/2 tsp of sweet paprika and stir the mix for a further 1-2 minutes until they caramelise nicely.
Pour in the vegetable broth, tip over the peeled sweet potatoes, season with salt, pepper and 1 tsp of sweet paprika, close the lid and bring the mix to a boil.
After approximately 25 minutes the potatoes will have soften enough to be blended easily (use a fork to be sure). Taste and season accordingly.
Ladle the soup carefully into a blender and blend until it reaches a creamy texture (this might take 2-3 times depending on the size of the blender )
Pour the soup back into the pot, add in 30g of feta cheese and reheat over low heat for a few minutes. Pour in 50ml of coconut milk and stir.
Serve in a deep bowl, sprinkle with crumbled feta, garnish with fresh mint leaves and season with pepper and sweet paprika.
Make sure the broth covers all of the ingredients in the pot, but don’t overdo it. If the soup is too thick after you blend it, you can always add in more water, bring to a boil and blend again to bring it to the ideal consistency for you. If it’s too watery from the very start you can’t reverse that without adding more solid ingredients.