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Vichyssoise (from On Cooking for a Living/Recipes That Won't Heat Up Your Kitchen, 7-8/04)

Joe George
Prep Time
40 minutes
Number of Servings
makes 4-5 cups
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bunch leeks (white parts only), cut crosswise, and washed three times
2 cups chicken stock
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup heavy cream

Heat the butter in a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat. When it begins to bubble add the sliced and washed leeks. Saute the leeks for abut 2 minutes, or until they are tender and translucent. Add the chicken stock, salt, and pepper, and bring the stock to a boil, then lower it to a simmer. Cook the soup for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are easily mashed. Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor, and process it until it is smooth. Return the soup to the pot and bring it again to a simmer. Stir in the cream. Serve hot or cold.