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Old 04-21-2013, 03:46 PM   #11
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all! I'm baconizing and chiving, and cooked up some shrimp. Then I think I'll take a (fill in the blank). As I said, it's not a bad recipe, just needed something. I used some of the green leek parts too as I hate to waste all that stuff. Apparently more leeks next time!

Hmm. Thinking about it, I actually reduced the amounts of everything, including the potatoes. So everything should have been proportional.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:34 PM   #12
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I don't have much experience using leeks. Potato soup yes. With onions, yes. And I almost always sweat the onions in Bacon fat. You can toss the cooked cut up bacon in at the end or nibble as it simmers or make a BLT for lunch while supper cooks. Anyway you look at it, I vote Bacon.

Enough to enhance the flavor without overpower so as it's not Bacon soup, but still Potato Leek soup.

Other herbs you might include- not all at one time-- a sprig rosemary while it cooks, dill sprinkle on top when serving, some chile flakes, parsley, or a little sage or marjarom wheb the stock is added.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:51 PM   #13
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Some soups you just have to play with. It gets better with an overnight rest. When you warm it up, taste again.

If there still seems "something" is missing, try heating it with some added oregano. It works 9 times out of 10 for me.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #14
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I think caramelizing some of the leeks would work, too!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #15
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Some soups you just have to play with. It gets better with an overnight rest. When you warm it up, taste again.

If there still seems "something" is missing, try heating it with some added oregano. It works 9 times out of 10 for me.
You know, you're right, Zhizara. DH liked it better today than last night. It's not bad, and makes a good base for other stuff.

And yes, PF, carmelizing would work too.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #16
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I've turned the leeks crispy in butter and crumbled them on top, too. Yum! Leeks are so delicate.
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I like that, PF! Wow!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:20 PM   #18
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(writing this down). Crispy leeks in butter. Thanks PF!
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:36 AM   #19
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I find that potato soup can really benefit from more salt than those of us watching our sodium intake might be comfortable with. I would add more salt otherwise ham or bacon which compliment potato soup IMO partly because they are salty ;)
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:48 AM   #20
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i'm with pacnar and bunny. a meaty ham bone or ham hock would round it out.
shrimp, i think, would get lost in it. and bacon would take it over.

and a bit of k-l's oregano is a good idea, or maybe a little fresh thyme, keeping it simple.
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