Guest Favorite Recipe – Hamanasi's Sausage Soup

Hamanasi’s Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup
(8 servings)

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 10-11 oz fully cooked smoked Italian sausage cut crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices
2 medium onions, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs sweet potato, peeled quartered lengthwise, cut crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices
1 lb potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices
6 cups chicken broth
1 9-oz bag fresh spinach

Method:
1. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook until brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes.
2. Transfer sausage to paper towels to drain. Add onions and garlic to pot and cook until translucent, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add all potatoes and cook until beginning to soften, stirring often about 12 minutes.
3. Add broth; bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until potatoes are soft, stirring occassionaly, about 20 minutes.
4. Using potato masher, mash some of potatoes in pot. Add browned sausage to soup. Stir in spinach and simmer until just wilted, about 5 minutes.
5. Stir in remaining 1 Tbsp. oil. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and serve.

Happy Cooking & Eating from Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff!

Marcia (Hamanasi Resort Chef) wins "Taste of Belize" Award!

The Belize Tourism Board held its 8th Annual Taste of Belize Culinary Competition on Saturday, August 29, at the Old Belize Adventure Park. “Taste of Belize” is Belize’s signature culinary competition’ geared at developing the Culinary Arts in Belize. The competition included 12 professional chefs, 5 young professional chefs, 9 bartenders, 5 cake decorators and an audience of over 700 attendees.   Competitors in all categories were expected to create a unique dish using his/her choice of ingredients.  This dish could have been an appetizer, main dish or dessert and should have reflected Belizean or regional cuisine.  Marcia Nunez of Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins Village was awarded the Third Place win and received a trophy and a $500 cash prize.  Congratulations Marcia!  I’m sure many Hamanasi guests can attest that this award was richly deserved!

Belize resort gets greener and sweeter!

Hamanasi has acquired an Organic Plumb Candy Leaf Plant (Stevia plummerae)! This little plant packs an huge sweet punch! The small bushy plant has mint shaped leaves, and its extract has up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar! Due to its amazing sweetness, Stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, and even enhancing glucose tolerance, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets and as a natural sweetener to diabetics. The “Sugar Leaf” is an exciting addition to Hamanasi’s ever-growing organic garden! We’re already busily thinking of exciting new applications for this naturally sweet leaf…
Tea anyone?

Fire up the fun at Hamanasi Belize

Chef Sean cooks up good times and great food for guests during a hands-on cooking demonstration at Hamanasi! YUM~!