Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

What a crazy winter!  One of the perks was that the mild temps allowed these 2 leeks that struggled last summer to mature over the winter.  This was my first attempt at growing leeks, so I'm not even sure how the winter affected their flavor, but I decided they were certainly worthy of eating if they made the effort to survive the winter.


2 T. unsalted butter
4 large leeks, white and tender green parts only, thickly sliced
1 baking potato (1/2 lb.), peeled and cut into 2" chunks
5 c. chicken stock
1 c. heavy cream
slat and freshly ground pepper
chervil or parsley sprigs, for garnish

Melt butter in large saucepan.  Add leeks and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 min.  Add the potato and chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Cover partially and simmer over low heat until the potatoes are tender, about 15 min.  Add cream and simmer for 10 min. longer.  Working in batches, puree soup in a blender, then return to pan.  Season with salt and pepper.  Garnish with parsley and serve.

Serves 6

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