This soup is sweet, spicy, and perfect for the first course of a dinner party. My recipe was inspired my favorite soup at Applewood Restaurant (now closed). The addition of the curry paste is completely optional and really depends on your mood.
sweet potatoes or yams
red jalapeño peppers, cut in half with seeds removed
shallots, course chop
6 - 8 cups
vegetable or chicken stock, I use homemade
coconut cream or milk, make sure to use the boxed kind
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Bake the sweet potatoes for approximately 45 minutes until they are soft and sweet. Set aside.
Then turn your broiler on high and place the jalapenos under the heat until they sizzle and blacken a bit. Spoon out the sweet potatoes and chop up the jalapenos.
In your soup pot, sweat the shallots and jalapenos. Add the sweet potatoes and broth and bring to a boil over high heat. (Optional) Add the Massuman curry paste. Then reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Add the coconut cream. Turn off the heat. Puree the soup. Season with salt and pepper. Then serve it garnished with cilantro leaves on top.