Thursday, 18 February 2021

Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup


Soups, stocks and broths are possibly one of the oldest forms of cooked food known to humankind. History speaks of the wars and poverty teaching humans to boil every piece of the animal; a way to use the bones which one could not eat nor waste, and so over the years evolved the birth of the fine art of gourmet soup!
It was also the way to feed the sick and the infirm
Each region of the world now can boast of its very own special soup, typically dependent on the local produce. But that came about only in the last century.
Soup was not served in restaurants until the 18th century. Paris initiated this bold move which caught on slowly, but surely.

Today soup is made from almost anything that is edible; it can be served hot or cold, chunky or smooth, spicy or sweet, creamy or clear. It continues to be popular.

Potato and leek is a combination that many enjoy. The sweetness of the leeks achieved by the slow saute` and patient sweating of this vegetable caramelises the goodness of this often overlooked vegetable. 

While a good stock and broth will determine the finished product you may add a few more ingredients


                             A roasted garlic and potato soup with leeks




Serves 4 to 6


2tbsp olive oil 
2oz butter
3 chopped leeks, washed
One pod of peeled garlic cloves
3 chopped stick of celery, scraped and cleaned of fibers
1 large diced onion
3 large potatoes
4 cups of stock or broth


Optional Ingredients include:

1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh rosemary, basil or chives
Roasted garlic cloves

Warm the oil and butter. Saute the leeks  allowing it to simmer and caramelise. Add a pinch of sugar and salt to maximise the flavours. Add the  garlic, celery and onion, cook for another 10 minutes an add the potatoes.  Add the stock or broth of your choice and bring it to a rolling boil. Cover the pot and lower the heat. Simmer for 45 minutes. 

With an immersion blender, carefully pulverise the soup. Taste for seasoning. 

Add salt and pepper as needed. 


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