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Oct 10, 2006 07:41 PM

Do you think this substitution would work?

I'm thinking of making a Smoked Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup this weekend to use up the kale I am getting from a farm order. The recipe calls for red potatoes but I'm not really a fan. However, I LOVE sweet potatoes. Do you think substituting sweet potatoes would ruin the soup?

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  1. just to clarify what might just be a regional difference... when you say "sweet potatoes" do you mean the white fleshed, starchy kind or the orange fleshed "yam" variety?

    I would think that the white kind would be just dandy... but the orange kind might over-whelm the soup... IMHO. maybe a combo of the two?

    do you mind posting your recipe?

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    1. re: withalonge

      They are all sweet potatoes, actually. The different colored flesh is simply a different variety. True Yams aren't sold in this country, they are mostly found in South America and are very starchy and stringy.

      1. re: cooknKate

        I've seen true yams in stores that cater to Africans.

    2. Actually I think the sweet potatoes are a better substitute. You often see sweet potatoes and kale together in recipes because they are usually harvested at the same time. I think it would be even better than the regular potatoes - the sweetness will balance out the more bitter, yet delicious kale.

      1. I, too, love sweet potatoes. I would not hesiate to substitute them. I often use them in more savory sdishes- love potto au gratin made with sweet potatoes, for instance.

        1. i agree that sweet potatoes (be they the white fleshed or the orange fleshed ones) and kale make a wonderful pairing. testurally too, i think it would be just fine. of course, sweet potatoes of any variety have a lot more sugar so the outcome will naturally be a little sweeter, but thats never really a bad thing is it?

          1. I wonder if cooking the sweet potatoes by themselves, maybe roasting them, and then adding it might cut back on the sweetness of the soup itself. Maybe bake them first and then add them near the end of the cooking time. That's assuming you're not looking for a sweeter soup--if you are, then go ahead and add early.