Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Potato Leek Soup

They have only just begun!

We are skyping again with our family in LA, this time it is with Souper Mario making Julia Child’s Potato Leek Soup. Here is the bio that Mario wrote for the blog - "I am an early childhood education researcher from Los Angeles. I grew to love cooking by watching my mother cook and I have honed my skills by watching too much of the Food Network shows and Top Chef. Almost a year ago, I began reading Julie and Julia and the first recipe mentioned is the potato and leek soup. This is a very simple recipe that can warm you up on a cold day. I have used a few different variations to finish off this soup and my favorite is to stir in some cream and then sprinkle on some diced chives. Mmmmmmmm.”

Potato Leek Soup

Julia Child
Souper Mario/Souper Sarah

This simple soup smells good and taste good, with the leeks as the essential flavoring agent making it a culinary masterpiece!

Serve 6-8

3-4 cups of diced peeled potatoes (1lb.)
3 cups thinly sliced leeks, including the tender greens
2 quarts water
1 tablespoon salt
6 tablespoons heavy cream or 3 tablespoons softened butter
3 tablespoons minced chives or parsley

1 – Simmer vegetables, salt and water together, partially covered for 40-50 minutes in a 3-4 quart saucepan.

2 – Mash the vegetables into the soup with a fork or pass through a food mill. I used my hand blender, although Julia does not like the texture of soup pureed in a blender.

3 - Season with salt and pepper – white pepper tastes great with this soup. You can stop at this point.

4 – When ready to serve, bring soup back to simmering. Then turn off the heat, stir in the cream or butter and top with chopped chives or parsley.

Soup ingredients

Leeks, potatoes, and chives

Simmering soup

Pureeing soup

Serving hot soup with chives in LA

Serving soup at the farm

Souper Mario and Dave
Enjoying their soup

This soup is so yummy! The leeks give this classic soup a milder, earthier flavor and the heavy cream gives it a rich finishing touch. Mario is a great cook and I always have a fantastic time, when visiting, cooking with him (he has all the good recipes!). Thank you Mario, it was wonderful cooking with you again, even if it is by skyping.

Happy Birthday Mary!!!

The thought for the week - It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak - one another to hear. Thoreau

Happy souping until we meet again!
Souper Sarah

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