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Cajun vichyssoise

SweetpotatoAh, the joys of cleaning out your inbox. In doing so, I stumbled across a recipe from a friend, a dish he made at his birthday dinner party well over a month ago. The evening was Cajun-themed. He is Canadian, and his ancestors — Acadians — were among those who migrated south to New Orleans. Over time, Acadian became Cajun in the vernacular, and a culture — and cuisine — was born.

This dish was a major winner. It’s basically vichyssoise, but sweet potatoes were evidently more available for the Acadians, and so the recipe was adapted. The dose of cayenne cinches it. Recipe after the jump.

4 c. chicken stock
2-3 sweet potatoes (1.5 lbs),peeled and quartered
2 small leeks chopped, white and tender greens
only
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp ginger, peeled and grated
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 c. heavy cream
Sea salt
Chopped chives as garnish
 
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine stock,
potatoes and leeks. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-low, cover and simmer for
about 20 minutes. (Potatoes should be tender, not mushy.)
 
Making in batches if needed, combine above mixture
with white pepper, ginger and cayenne in a food processor until a
smooth purée forms. 
 
Pour into a larger bowl, and let cool to
lukewarm/room temp.  Stir in the cream and season to taste with salt. 
Cover and chill for at least four hours to two days.
 
Season to taste. Garnish with chives. Serve
cold.
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