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Old 12-31-2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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REC - Simple Potato Leek Soup

I am not sure if this has been posted before, but this is a very simple but tasty soup that has saved me countless times. Not only is it easy to make, but it can also be the start of something "fancier" if you want. Elegant enough for a fine dining starter, but simple enough that the kids will enjoy it too!

4 cups diced potato
3 cups thinly sliced leeks or diced onion
2 quarts water
1 tbsp salt.

Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for about an hour. Puree. For an extra little bit of flavor, add a dab of butter (also gives it a really nice "sheen").

I usually add a bit of tarragon, but there are so many ways to vary this soup that there is no way to mention them all. Adding or substituting other veggies, such as carrots, yams, sweet potatoes or squash works well. Watercress is another terrific addition, although it can be tough to find in some places.

Also, this recipe can be chilled and fortified with a bit of heavy cream to make a vichyssoise.

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Old 12-31-2007, 02:02 PM   #2
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Thanks, Erik. Sounds perfect for a winter evening.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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is there a better kind of potato to use?
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:58 PM   #4
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Not really, since in most potato recipes the issue is how much moisture they have. As this is going to be bathed in moisture, there is not much difference in the end.

However, for flavor you might want to stick with larger, older potatoes, as they have had time to develop a little more starch. I have had success with smaller potatoes, though, but I hate peeling them. Larger potatoes are so much faster.
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:10 AM   #5
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Potato and Leek soup is one of my favourite, if not THE favourite, soups! I do mine a tad differently. I lightly saute the sliced leeks until soft, then add chicken stock and the diced potatoes, cooking until the potatoes are soft. Season but gently on the salt as the chicken stock adds some salt to the dish. I also often add parsley and chives. Leave to cool for a while and then roughly pulverise with a stick blender. Add a little cream just before serving and reheat. Dust with paprika before serving.

For variations, I have added bacon, mushroom and sweet potato (individually and in combinations).

Short of burning the leeks or overseasoning, there isn't much you can do wrong with this soup!!
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Old 01-01-2008, 10:41 AM   #6
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I haven't made potato and leek soup in a long time. I make mine similar to Bilby. I'll have to make some again soon.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:00 AM   #7
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I do mine similar as well, but use chicken stock in place of water, minced garlic, pepper, thyme and oregano.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:14 AM   #8
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I sweat a bunch of onions and some celery in butter..add diced potatoes a little water to just under the top of potatoes, cover and cook till tender, add evap milk or half and half. Oh i forgot..add dried crumbled celery leaves(salt and pepper too) when ya put in the potatoes..they really make it good. I dry my own leaves in the oven and store them in a jar to have on hand.
I use russets most of the time.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:46 AM   #9
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Wow...all great ideas! I used to use chicken stock in mine too, but I found that it took away from the delicate potato flavor. Perhaps with other ingredients in the soup it is not so overpowering.

Someone once asked me how can just potatoes and leeks taste good enough to make a soup. I replied that there is not a whole lot more than just potatoes and butter in mashed potatoes, and those are tasty enough
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:20 AM   #10
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You say that Erik and it immediately reminded me that on one of those rare occasions that I make mash potato, I have been known to add some leeks to the mix as well. Very yum!!!!
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