Weather: 27 degrees, powdered sugar is falling from the sky
What I’m listening to: Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
Happy Halloween! Snow has been falling steadily here all day. This will be our first white Halloween as a family and we are much looking forward to the adventure that promises to be snowy trick-or-treating tonight.
But, before we can go trick-or-treating (and try to hide those long-johns underneath the kids’ costumes and bust out the snow boots and gloves!), we all need bellies full of steamy, warm-you-up-all-the-way-to-your-toes soup. Something that’ll keep us full and toasty while we brave the snowy night. And, it wouldn’t be suitable Halloween fare if it weren’t black and orange. Black beans meet smoked sausage meet yams. Yesssssss. But this is so delicious and filling that you’ll want to have it several more times a year than just Halloween!
So I made this using kielbasa, which was super yummy. For those of you using dried beans, the simmering time is MUCH longer (even after soaking overnight). You may just want to add the beans with the liquid and simmer for 20-30 minutes, THEN add your sweet potato.
I also used Butternut Squash (instead of yam. Forgot I had used it up), and it held up very well, despite the overlong simmering I had to do. It also tasted great. And the kids loved it, which is a plus. Had it with crunchy sourdough bread. YUM!