Vichyssoise

Summary

Yield
Servings
Prep time2 hours
RegionFrance

Description

Vichyssoise

This classic chilled summer soup is simple to make and full of delicate summer flavors. The recipe is simple, but it allows for infinite artistic expression. 

This is one of those recipes that can be made vegetarian or not (you can use chicken stock, or top it with crumbled bacon), but the vegetarian version is in no way inferior.  

Ingredients

3eaLeeks
3eaboiling potatoes
6cWater (or veg. or chicken stock)
1cHeavy Cream
3eaChives
3pnSalt (to taste - see notes)

Instructions

  1. Chop the leeks finely.
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes finely.
  3. Combine chopped leeks and potatoes in a heavy-bottomed pot with the water or stock.
  4. Cook everything until tender, about 30 minutes.
  5. Let it cool, then blend it in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  6. Stir in the cream. Mix well and chill in a soup tureen.
  7. When cool, add salt. See notes. Be generous and creative!
  8. When serving, top with minced chives or parsley.

Notes

Salt: This recipe is simple, delicate, and rewarding to good local fresh ingredients. Use good salt, and be generous. Chilling the soup means more salt will be needed. Potatoes always need salt. But excellent sea salt or Himalayan salt or unrefined sea salt from Brittany - they all make a difference.
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