Of course we do not celebrate American Thanksgiving in Britain, but I think it is a rather lovely festival. The harvest has been safely gathered in and the earth is resting. Time to reflect, rest, plan and give thanks for the harvest which would see you through the winter. Come the end of November I am fed up of the dark afternoons and am longing for the days to get brighter, but there are still a good few weeks before Christmas and that turning point at the Winter solstice bringing the long awaited longer days and the crisp bright weather of January when snow is most likely to fall. Thanksgiving falls at the perfect time to revive falling spirits at this time of year and I’d love to celebrate in the UK too.
My soup is inspired by the traditional sweet potato soup served at Thanksgiving, a vibrant uplifting orange, and flavoured with apple pie spices. The spices and hint of vanilla combine wonderfully well with the silky, creamy flesh of the pumpkin and potatoes. Of course it is very adaptable, quantities are not exact – use whichever vegetables you have – and swap squash for the pumpkin.
I made my soup in the REDMOND Multicooker RMC4502E (featured here) making use of its many functions to firstly fry, then to simmer the soup, then to either reheat or keep warm, freeing up space on the hob to cook the rest of a Thanksgiving meal.
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion – peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic – peeled and chopped
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- 2 sweet potatoes – about 400g – peeled and roughly diced
- 2 large carrots – about 200g – peeled and roughly diced
- 400 g pumpkin or squash flesh – peeled and roughly diced
- 1 eating apple – cored and roughly diced
- 2 pints – vegetable stock
- Scant ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 30 g butter
- Pepper and salt to taste
Set the REDMOND Multicooker to fry vegetables, add the oil, onion and garlic and fry until they are turning golden. Add the cinnamon and allspice and fry until fragrant.
Add the sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin and apples and fry for another few minutes.
Set the Multicooker to Stew Vegetables, add the stock and vanilla essence. Stir, close the lid and cook for 20 minutes until the ingredients are soft. Season with pepper and salt.
Once cooked add the butter, then allow to cool a little and blitz the soup using a stick blender directly in the cooker pot, or transfer to a blender or food processor and whizz until silky smooth. Check the seasoning and add a little more vanilla if required – you want a hint rather than a definite flavour. Add more stock or water to thin.
Reheat on the multicook setting at 100C, then switch to the keep warm function if required.
Served topped with a swirl of cream and pumpkin and sunflower seeds
This is a recipe commission for REDMOND, I also received a multicooker for review. All opinions are our own.