Morris Martick's 'World's Best' Sweet Potato Soup

Serves 4

This sweet potato soup is one that local chef Morris Martick has been making at his restaurant for many years. We printed the recipe in his words in a 2006 food section story. The soup is comfort food at its best.

Boil 4 sweet potatoes until tender. Remove skin. Cut into large cubes. Put into saucepan, then add:

Diced carrots (matchstick size), broccoli, string beans, mushrooms

"A little bit of water." (We added about 1 1/2 cups.)

Brown sugar (tablespoon per serving)

"An appropriate amount" of butter (tablespoon per serving)

Heavy whipping cream (But how much? "Use your instincts as a cook.")

Bring to boil until vegetables are cooked through (potatoes should be smooth) and soup is slightly thickened.

Don't overcook. "Or the cream will curdle."

(Note: We tested Martick's recipe using 4 sweet potatoes, 2 cups shredded carrots, 2 1/2 cups broccoli florets, 2 1/2 cups string beans, 2 cups sliced mushrooms, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, 4 tablespoons butter and 3/4 cup heavy cream.)

Glenn Fawcett, Baltimore Sun
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