Winter Magic

Winter Magic
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." ~ Ray Bradbury

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cooking for Family: Potato Leek Soup

One of the wonderful things about our family garden is exploring new ways to prepare all of the fresh veggies we now have.  I've found a hundred different things to do with tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, and basil - flavors that complement each other so well.  Tonight I decided to try my hand at potato-leek soup.  When I first planted the garden the goal was to have all of the ingredients (except chicken broth and butter) from the garden; however, my potatoes didn't turn out, so I had to buy 2 lbs of baby Yukon golds for this recipe. The leeks, oregano, lemon-thyme, and cilantro were all from my garden.   The rest of the ingredients I already had in the house.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large leeks (cut lengthwise in 1 inch segments, do not use the dark green parts)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2cups chicken broth (can use vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
  • 2 lbs potatoes (I used baby Yukon gold, but any will do) diced
  • dash of oregano 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh lemon-thyme (regular thyme will work too)
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce (or any other chili sauce)
  • ground sea salt
  • pepper
fresh lemon-thyme

Directions:

Add leeks and butter to a medium saucepan with a little salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring about every 2 minutes.  Do not let leeks brown!
leeks and butter

Add water, broth, and potatoes.  Bring to a simmer and cook covered on low heat for 20 minutes.


diced potatoes
Scoop about 1/2 to 3/4 of the soup into a blender and puree.  
pureed

Add puree back to the soup and add oregano, cilantro, and thyme.  Stir well.  
oregano, cilantro, lemon-thyme chopped and mixed

Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.  Stir well.
love Louisiana Hot Sauce!

Finally, let simmer for 5 minutes after all seasoning has been added.  


I like this soup served hot, but I've heard that some serve it cold.  It is a very filling soup, so no need to prepare any other food for your meal.  It took me about 45 minutes to prepare this meal, including prep-time and running outside to cut the fresh herbs.