Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Roasted Sweet Potato & Chorizo Soup and an Award!

Here is another recipe that I made a couple weekends ago. I love sweet potatoes but the chorizo definitely gives this soup most of it's flavor. My brother stopped by a portuguese bakery and butcher shop and brought me back this wonderful smoky piece of chorizo along with rolls and pastries!!!! My Avo adds chorizo to most of her dishes and soups to add flavor and they are always delicious!

I also have some pretty exciting news! I was given the Stylish Blogger Award this past week from two amazing bloggers, Kim from Liv Life and Elyse from The Cultural Dish! I am entirely honored and can't wait to pass this award on!

Roasted Sweet Potato & Chorizo Soup
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 6 to 8 servings
2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 shallots, quartered
2 cartons (32 oz each) chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
olive oil
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons brown sugar
pinch red pepper flakes
1 cup sliced chorizo
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil. Arrange sweet potatoes, garlic, and shallots on sheet. Toss with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until potatoes are fork tender, about 30 to 35 minutes.

In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add chorizo. Saute for 5 minutes or until juices render from sausage. Add roasted vegetables and stir. Add dry spices and brown sugar and stir. Pull fresh herbs away from their stems and add to pot. Stir and pour in chicken broth, bring to a small boil and let simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. With a hand blender, puree soup until smooth. For a smoother soup, you might want to pass the soup through a strainer. Enjoy! :)

Now, there are a few instructions that come along with this award. 1) is to pass this award to 10 other bloggers and 2) is to list 7 things about me.

It was very hard to only pick 10 blogs....however here are a few that I have come to love and follow! ( In no particular order)

7 things about me...

1.) I cannot watch scary movies, I get wayyy to stressed out!
2.) Some of my favorite bands are Coldplay, Pink Floyd, and DMB.
3.) I have become obsessed with True Blood (for some reason this show doesn't scare me!)
4.) I drive a bright green (same color as my blog) Jeep Wrangler and will probably always drive one!
5.) I LOVE Audrey Hepburn and have photos of her all over our bedroom.
6.) I love to laugh which is one of the many reasons I married Eric, he makes me laugh everyday!
7.) I have a rather large collection of scarfs. 

Thanks again ladies!


Carina said...

Sabrina! Thank you so much for the Stylish Blogger Award - how fun! I also can't watch scary movies - I can't sleep for days when I watch them! Ha! Your sweet potato & chorizo soup sounds so yummy! I saw Giada make a sweet potato soup today, but yours looks and sounds so much better! :-) Have a wonderful week!

Tammy said...

Oh my gosh, Sabrina thank you so much for the award! My very first blog award! (Yay!!!) I'll try and get it up as soon as I can!

And, ah, your soup looks heavenly! I love chorizo! I've had it only a few times, but it is sooo good! And with sweet potatoes, I'm sure a bowl of this was just awesome!


Ana Rita said...


Many , many thanks....i was surprised and also very glad to receive this award...your blog is a reference and i love to come here and snoop around !
By the way this soup is... WOW!!


The White Farmhouse said...

OMG! I'd like to thank the academy..... Just kidding! Thank you sooooo much! You are just too sweet for including me on your award! Congratulations to you to! I just love getting awards!

You keep posting 1000 things to do with a sweet potato and I will follow you like a puppy anywhere. I just love those big fat things! Adding chorizo is just genius! I recently turned my tribe onto chorizo. They love it in eggs, but that is all I knew to put it in. I am definitely going to try this!

Thank you again sweet lady! MWAAAAAH!

Stephanie said...

Congrats on your award! This lovely award seems to be drifting all around -- I just recently got awarded one as well! :-p I LOVE the green design of your blog, BTW. I am in love with this color!

Also, this soup of yours looks spectacular! Anything with spicy chorizo in it is bound to taste amazing. Looks wonderfully warm and comforting! Perfect Winter food!

briarrose said...

Thank you for thinking of me...that was so sweet of you. :)

What a wonderful mix of flavors. Chorizo and sweet potatoes are a great blend.

ravienomnoms said...

People keep telling me that I have to try chorizo and I still haven't. This looks like the perfect recipe to try it out!

Katrina said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel so very honored! Especially because I am such a newbie blogger.

I love snooping around here on your blog too! :) I love that your jeep is the same color as your blog! Awesome!! And I am with you - I think the scariest movie I ever watched was Jurassic Park like 15 years ago. ;) And I too marrie dmy best friend and we laugh every day...10 years later!!

- Katrina

thecountrycook said...

Congrats on the award - it is well deserved. Thanks so much for passing one along to me. It seriously makes me feel so appreciated and loved!! :)
And I LOVE true Blood too. Have you read the books?? I walk around saying Sookie like Bill does - drives my husband nuts...lol.
And I'm with you on Coldplay - they rock!! Thank you again!!

Sprinkles of Parsley said...

Thank you so much for the award!! I really appreciate it as well as all of the nice comments you've left on my blog :) Thank you!!

So since you mentioned your avo, I'll assume your Portuguese too!!! I'm actually going to be cooking with my avo this weekend to learn some of her traditional Portuguese dishes. She loves to cook with Chorizo too- it improves any dish with it's wonderful flavor. Loved reading your "About Me" page- seems like we have a lot in common!

Pam said...

What a beautiful looking soup - it sounds wonderful!

Sandra said...

YummmI am loving this soup..sounds so delicious, and that bread next to the bowl..oh my perfection!

Duxa said...

Hi Sabrina , I´m a new follower of your blog,I came here throug Ana Rita Blogs "Bem Bons".
The recipe looks delicious!!!


Ana Rita said...

Sabrina ,
I'm back...just to tell you to go to my blog...there´s a little surprise for you!!
Hope you like it...every week i introduce one blog and this week the winner was?????


Erin said...

Sabrina, thank you SO MUCH for the award! I am humbled and honored to be a recipient. It thrills me to no end that you enjoy hotdinnerhappyhome.blogspot.com.

And the sweet potato soup...Pardon me while I drool on my keyboard. I bet roasting the veggies adds great flavor. I'll be trying this recipe soon.

Erin from Hot Dinner Happy Home

Our Eyes Eat First said...

great job on the soup and the award!! well deserved!

Kim Kelly said...

You remind me so much of my daughter! She has been happy since the moment she was born and laughs every day. The truly "Livs Life!".
Audrey is one of my favorites as well... so classic, isn't she? And as for the scary movies, I'll skip 'em as well!


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