Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Drippy Days, Cozy Meal

Are you familiar with leeks? They are really a lovely veggie. I'm always intrigued by their origami fan of leaf sheaths. Like an onion that wishes it was related to a well-sunned palm tree rather than those crazy elephant garlics.

And of course, leeks are wonderfully tasty. When cooked they are smooth, soft, a bit spicy, and almost buttery. A great base for soup when paired with good ol' taters. Since the weather is decidedly cold and drippy, not tropical and breezy, soups sound all the more enticing.

Leek & Potato Soup

Sautee in large pan:

• 3 leeks, sliced thin**
• 1 onion, chopped
• 2-3 T butter
**Use just white and light green parts of leeks. Slice in half vertically, then chop into thin half rounds. Rinse really well, as leeks will be sandy.

Add:
• 4 medium red potatoes, sliced thin or leftover baked/mashed potatoes
chicken broth to cover (about 8 cups)
**No need to peel potatoes, unless you don't like skins.

Cook soup, stirring and mashing up chunks to desired consistency.

Add:
• 1 cup condensed cream of chicken soup (canned or homemade) or 1 cup milk
salt & pepper to taste

Simmer over low heat, stirring well to prevent scorching. Top with chives or parsley!

** I never have figured out what to do with the dark leafy tops. Recipes always have you chop them off and I am left feeling a tad guilty as I scrape them into the garbage. Any ideas out there?

Post-Note: I don't know why I didn't think of it before! I followed your suggestions and added the rinsed leafy leek tops to my chicken stock. Perfect!

5 comments:

  1. Could you put the leeks green tops in with your chicken stock brew? They might add a nice flavor, if not too much sand.

    Potato-leek soup is a favorite. I like to pair it with a piping hot dish of meatballs (for my meatlovers) and some crusty bread.

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  2. Hmmm, good thought Christian. If I could rinse them really well, that might be just the ticket!

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  3. I have NEVER used leeks- ever! You make them sound so tasty. I loved reading about using them- you may actually have inspired me to try this soup.

    And I really like that top picture- looks like it could be in a foodie magazine!

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  4. Compost the tops. I am definitely going to make this very easy-sounding soup.

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  5. wonderful pictures! soup sounds delish. also, i've never known exactly how to use leeks...in terms of the base vs the leafy portion. glad to get some ideas! once again, a recipe i'll be trying!

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