West African Peanut Soup
2 cups chopped onions
1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger root
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups chopped sweet potatoes (may substitute 1 cup white potatoes)
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups tomato juice
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup chives
Saute the onion in the oil until just translucent. Stir in the cayenne and fresh ginger.
Add the carrots and saute a few more minutes. Mix in the potatoes and stock. Bring
the soup to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
In blender or food processor, puree the vegetables with liquid and the tomato juice.
Return the puree to a soup pot. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth. If necessary,
add a bit of sugar to enhance natural flavors. Top with scallions or chives.