How about this nourishing starter for your Christmas dinner from Garth McColgan?


  • 1 kg sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed 4cm)
  • 2 white onions (peeled and wedged into 6 pieces)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 25 g butter
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 150 g potatoes (peeled and boiled)
  • 150 ml cream
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 2.5 lt water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garnish:
  • 2 slices brown bread
  • 150 g goat’s cheese
  • 2 tblsp freshly chopped chives
  • 200 g bacon bits (fried in 1tbsp sunflower oil)


  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  • Put sweet potatoes and onions on a roasting tray; season with cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  • Add butter and olive oil and pop in oven for 20 mins/until potatoes are soft.
  • While sweet potatoes are roasting, cook ‘regular’ potatoes. When both are done, put into a mixing bowl; blend until smooth.
  • In a large pan bring water, cream and wine to a boil; season with salt and pepper. Gradually add potato and onion mix, stirring until you reach desired thickness.
  • Garnish: toast bread, remove crusts, cut each slice into 8 triangles. Top with a slice of Goat’s Cheese; grill until melted.
  • Spoon soup into a bowl, sprinkle with chopped chives and bacon bits.