Honey-Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.
3 1/2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1 inch wedges
8 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 to 4 tablespoons honey, divided
7 oz dried chipotle chiles (soak in hot water to soften)
6 to 8 cups vegetable broth
3/4 cups pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
Extra virgin olive oil, to garnish
Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Finely chop the chipotle chiles, reserving the adobo sauce. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, cloves, the chopped chiles, canola oil, 3 tablespoons honey, and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt. Toss well to coat. Spread in a single layer on two foil-lined baking sheets. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, trading the position of the pans halfway through, until the potatoes are soft and are dark golden in spots.
Put the roasted vegetables into a large saucepan. Add 6 cups of the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or in batches in a normal blender. Be careful if blending hot soup in the blender–do so in small batches and hold the top on with a kitchen towel to avoid an eruption. Add the remaining 2 cups of broth as needed to thin out the soup. Season to taste with kosher salt, black pepper, and an additional tablespoon of honey if desired.
Garnish with a swirl of olive oil, a scattering of toasted pepitas, and a grinding of black pepper.