Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Easy Leek and Potato Soup

Developed January 30, 2012.
1/4 c low-fat soft margarine
1 lb frozen chopped leeks, thawed (Trader Joes™)
1 c white onion, coarsely chopped
30-oz bag frozen hash browns (raw shredded potato only), thawed
salt and pepper
hot water
1 c cream and/or milk
2 to 3 T lemon juice
Cook leek and onion in margarine until soft and lightly colored. Stir in the shredded potato, salt, and pepper. Add hot water to cover by an inch (2.5 cm). Stir thoroughly and bring to a fast simmer. Cover and cook until the potatoes have softened and broken up, about 15 minutes. Homogenize with an immersion blender. Stir in dairy, the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Serves 6 to 8.

Leek and Potato Soup

Recorded January 23, 2009.
4 c sliced leeks, (about 3 medium)
6 c cubed potatoes (3 to 4, russet type)
hot water
2 T butter plus 2 T olive oil
1/2 t freshly-ground pepper
1 T salt, divided
1 c half-and-half

2 T lemon juice (or more)
chopped chives (optional garnish)
Trim coarse green from leeks, quarter length-wise, rinse carefully to remove soil and drain. Slice across into small pieces. Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Heat butter and oil in a heavy 6-quart pot over medium-high heat and add leeks. Saute until tender. Add potatoes, salt, pepper and water to cover. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat, cover and  simmer until potatoes are well cooked. Process until smooth with an immersion blender. Stir in cream and lemon juice, taste for seasoning, and adjust thickness with cream and/or water. Soup may be served hot or chilled, garnishing each bowl with a few chives.