Amazing Potato Leek Soup with Pix

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by alelover, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. My 13 year old daughter made her stage debut last week for her middle school drama class. My wife's cousin brought her a bouquet to give her after the performance. It wasn't flowers though. It was leeks, carrots, indian corn and dead flowers. She has a strange sense of humor as does my daughter. Well instead of displaying this lovely bouquet I decided to make some soup out of it.

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    Added a few more ingredients of my own that I had lying around. Except for the special trip I had to make for an onion. Chopped it all up.

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    Got out my trusty thick bottom stainless pot. Heated it up and added some EVOO.

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    Sweated the holy trinity til soft.

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    Added the leeks to cook them a little bit.  Don't brown them they end up tasting icky if you do.

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    Stirring occasionally.

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    Add some mushrooms. Only because I had some.

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    Stir it up a bit before I add the chicken broth and the Knorr Homestyle Stock.

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    Let it simmer covered on low for an hour. That's about 2 on my stove dial.

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    Removed 1 1/2 cups of mostly potatoes and leeks from the soup.

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    Give them a little puree in the Mini Quisinart.

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    Added that back to the pot and simmered for another 30 minutes.

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    Added 1 cup of half and half and simmered for 10 more minutes and served.

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    This has got to be the best soup I ever made. I was shocked at how good it was without any meat in it. The wife and child loved it too. I made it Sunday. It was all gone by Tuesday. Wifey wants more.

    Thanks for watching.
     
  2. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    that looks awesome!!  Thanks for posting!!!!
     
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking soup. That is one of my favorites. 
     
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds good to me. I love soup especially this time of year. My wife hates soup. I don't get it.
     
  5. I LOVE potato-leek soup. And in the summer it's amazing chilled as a cold soup (Vichyssoise) if you puree all of it. I make huge batches of it and before I add the cream I freeze it in portions. When I want to serve I just thaw it and stir in the cream.
     
  6. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That sounds pretty delish,  do you have a recipe?
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well it's getting to be that time of year again.

    We will all be making soups & chili etc.

    Yours sure looks like a winner!
     
  8. Thanks all. The recipe is quite simple. Basically what's in the pics plus some S&P and garlic powder and 1/2 tsp each of marjoram and thyme. I almost forgot. 2 cups of water when I added the broth and stock.
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011
  9. Vichyssoise is one of those classic French recipes that is so simple that it really doesn't change much. This one is pretty straightforward:

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Vichyssoise-102030

    In my mind there are three keys to a really good product: blend the ever lovin' $#*& out of it so you end up with a smooth, velvety soup, make sure it is decently chilled, and taste and adjust salt after you stir in the cream. It needs a good bit of salt to bring out the flavors. I also am sparing with the cream; you want enough to make the soup velvety but no so much that it overpowers the leeks and potatoes.

    All this said, Alelover's version is the same thing and for a hot soup looks fabulous...they are all variations on a theme
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good!  It is getting to be the soup time of year, and that is one of my favorites.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job Scott !!!

    Looks Beautiful !!!

    Bear
     
  12. Thanks guys. We like our soup hot here. I have heard of Potato Leek soup being served cold and velvety. We like some chunks. I thought the half and half amount was perfect. For the first time I think I got lucky . Not gonna change a thing. Why would I? It made the wife happy. [​IMG]
     
  13. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    That soup looks really good! I love me some potato-leek soup. I add a little bit of sour cream, some milk and caraway seeds and dill to mine. If you wanna experiment, give it a whirl and let me know what you think. Love soup weather....think its 16 bean soup (Goya bag, no seasoning) this weekend. Ill have to post it up.

    Chris
     
  14. Thanks Chris. Caraway sounds like a fine addition to that soup.
     
  15. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks to chris i did not miss this one o boy it looks tasty yummy good for a day you feel blue
     

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