Friday, January 13, 2012

Leek & Potato Soup


I love Leek and Potato Soup and think of it as a very elegant soup – perfect for serving at a dinner party, which is exactly what I did for New Year's Eve this year. It has a mild taste but is unbelievably creamy and rich without being too heavy. This soup was the second course in our 4 course meal and was a huge hit!







3 lbs leeks (approx. 6 long thin leeks)
2oz butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 lb potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1.5 litres chicken stock
250ml milk
250ml whipping or double cream
Salt & Pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh chives, chopped to garnish

Trim the leeks removing the dark green part, the root and the outer leaves. Cut in half lengthways then wash thoroughly, then roughly slice them.

Melt the butter in a large pan and gently sauté the leeks and onions over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until they have softened but not coloured. Add the potatoes, salt and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the stock. Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Leave to cool slightly, then blend so that the soup is completely smooth.

Add the milk and cream and taste to check the seasoning. Gently bring back up to a simmer then serve with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil and some freshly chopped chives. 

12 comments:

  1. looks so pretty too!... in the summer I add lemongrass to my L&P soup and it works wonders when eaten chilled from the fridge!... yummy x

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  2. Wow - that sounds amazing! I love that idea and will definitely be trying it out this Summer. Thanks for sharing : )

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  3. Your soup does look elegant, what a lovely photo. Happy New Year to you.

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  4. This sounds delicious, simple yet elegant. I love all the flavorful ingredients.

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  5. Yum! This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I used to love leek & potato soup, it's been a while. I'll definitely have to try this out.

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  6. I love leek and potato soup, and your presentation is gorgeous. Very pretty, and I am sure the flavor is spectacular!

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  7. This looks so elegant and classy!

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  8. Me too! Big fan of potato and leek soup :) Your photo is great! Following your blog!

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  9. This looks lovely and very classy looking! I made leek soup recently but it wasn't half as pretty as this!

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  10. Love how you served it in those little glass bowls - so chic!

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  11. I love your photos, and I have always wanted to make potato leek soup, but haven't. You just inspired me to add it to the menu this week, I can't wait!!

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  12. Looks fantastic! Love the glass bowls you used to serve it in! Looking forward to trying this soon!

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