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Miso Soup with Sweet Potato

April 3, 2012

A morning meal of miso soup and rice.

It’s a nice spring day today, but it seems that I’ve caught a little cold. The kids are feeling it too. Miso soup and hot cooked rice is just what we needed. I’ve been saving two Japanese-type sweet potatoes (satsumaimo) to put into miso soup, so it was perfect. They are sweeter and drier than American-type sweet potatoes or yams, but they have a stronger flavor. And as you can see, they turn a nice yellow after they are cooked.

The most common ingredients are miso paste, tofu and wakame seaweed, but what you add to this is limited only by your imagination. What are your favorite additions to miso soup?

You might be tempted to add the dried wakame into the soup without reconstituting it first, but you will regret it. The seaweed “fluffs” up better if you soak it in water first. Also, if you put it in the soup already hydrated, you only need to heat it through and the green color of the seaweed will come through.

Miso Soup with Sweet Potato

Serves 2

2 cups dashi stock

1 small sweet potato (1/4 pound), peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces

1 tablespoon miso paste

½ block silken tofu, cut into ¾ -inch blocks

½ tablespoon dried wakame seaweed, reconstituted in 5 tablespoons water and drained

2 sticks of crab meat, cut into bite-sized pieces (optional)

1. Bring dashi to a gentle boil and add the sweet potato; turn down the heat and cook the potatoes, covered, for about 5-7 minutes.

2. When the potatoes are cooked through, lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Add the miso paste by first making a slurry with a little bit of stock. (This is to make sure the miso paste is well dissolved in the soup). Do not let the soup come to a boil after adding the miso paste or this will reduce the flavor of the miso.

3. Add the tofu, wakame seaweed and crab pieces to the soup. Stir gently until heated through. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

A sweet miso soup is a great way to introduce kids to miso soup. I know my kids love it.

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