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How to doctor too-sweet Sweet Potato Soup?

laredo Jan 12, 2012 04:28 PM

I bought TJ's sweet potato soup in a carton and it is very sweet.

Is there something I can do to salvage it?

Thank you!

  1. Terrie H. Jan 12, 2012 04:40 PM

    Haven't had that soup so I can't be specific, but a little acid can counteract sweet most of the time. Try adding a bit of vinegar. You might also want to add a bit of milk or cream as dairy can change the taste of soups.

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    1. re: Terrie H.
      Lady_Tenar Jan 12, 2012 09:23 PM

      I agree about the acid and the dairy. When I make sweet potato soup, I usually use sour cream or buttermilk or a combination of the two to cut the sweetness a little. Try that.

      Smokiness is a nice contrast to sweet potato too--some chipotle or smoked paprika.

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      sueatmo Jan 12, 2012 05:00 PM

      If it were me, I'd think about adding some plain yogurt. You can't heat it to a high temp after adding it, but you could add it after heating up the soup.

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      1. re: sueatmo
        magiesmom Jan 12, 2012 05:51 PM

        or buttermilk. or lime juice and chile powder.

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        soupkitten Jan 12, 2012 05:24 PM

        try squeeze of lemon or lime,

        or serve w dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche.

        you could also try changing the flavor profile significantly, such as w curry spices or hot chiles sauteed w compatible vegetables or poultry, and added in-- top w cilantro or other herbs. but perhaps not worth the PITA

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          LisaPA Jan 12, 2012 05:56 PM

          Cook with some spicy sausage or add some plain potato puree.

          1. greygarious Jan 12, 2012 06:17 PM

            I would dilute it with pureed cooked acorn or butternut squash. Similar in texture and color, but not as sweet.

            1. chefj Jan 12, 2012 07:37 PM

              Think, Salt, Spice(chili) and or Sour.
              All work well to tame sweetness.

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                sandylc Jan 12, 2012 07:41 PM

                Fresh ginger, freshly squeezed orange juice, cream, and a spec of cayenne.

                1. ipsedixit Jan 12, 2012 09:32 PM


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                    katecm Jan 13, 2012 10:47 AM

                    One of my favorite soups is the sweet potato coconut bisque from Tupelo Honey Cafe's cookbook. If you mixed in some coconut milk - the UNSWEETENED milk, not coconut cream! - you'd help with the sweetness and add a delicious extra element.

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