Friday, July 26, 2013

Mushroom and onion soup, sweet potato fries and fried bananas!

I was watching Chopped, a cooking show on the Food Network, with my mom last night. On eof the chefs competting made a really delicious looking mushroom soup. It wasn't a hit for the judges, but it sure did look amazing and it inspired me to make something a bit similar. So, tonight I made a mushroom and onion soup with sweet potato fries and a fried banana on the side. I've decided to share the recipes with you so you can try them yourself! They're all pretty easy!


One package of button mushrooms
One half of an onion
One garlic clove
Vegetable stock
Sweet potatoes
One banana
Spices such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil
Coconut oil (You can use olive oil, I just personally prefer coconut oil)
Soy sauce
Agave nectar or honey

The soup

In a medium boiling pot, throw in about a quarter cup of coconut oil and a package of chopped button mushrooms. Turn your burner onto a medium heat setting and let it saute for about ten minutes, stirring here and there. Once you see the juices starting to flow from the mushrooms, add your vegetable stock and turn the heat up to almost full heat. In another pan, use the coconut oil to saute a half of an onion and your clove of garlic. When the onions are a bit browned, it's time to add it to your pot of soup. Once all of this is put together, throw in your spices including a bit of pepper and a few dashes of soy sauce. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes, stirring every once and a while and then serve! 

The fries

Slice your sweet potato up into even slices. It doesn't matter how large they are, just try to keep them similar sized slices. Once the potatoes are cut up, put them in a bowl of cold water (I don't know why you're supposed to do this, but my grandmother told me to, so I do!) After about a minute or so of soaking, take the slices and place them on a paper towel to dry out before putting them in the hot oil. 
I use a skillet for this part, but you can use any sort of pot or pan you'd like. (I've even used a large boiling pot in my most desperate scenario). Add almost a full cup of coconut oil (or however much will gives the fries a nice little bath) and let it come to a good frying heat. Once the oil is ready, place the fries in the oil and cook until they look done! Once they're done cooking, place them on some dry paper towels to let the oil drip off and to allow them to dry. 

The bananas

Take one banana and cut it into four pieces. Simply place them in the same oil as you cooked your fries. It wont take long for them to brown, so keep a close eye on them. Turn them over with a spatula so that each side can get browned. Once the bananas look a good, golden color, dash in a bit of soy sauce. (Be careful, the oil isn't going to react pleasantly when you do this!) Straight afterwards, squeeze on a bit of honey or agave nectar to the banana slices. Let them cook for about ten more seconds or so and then serve. They're amazing! 

Enjoy! :)

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