This classic leek and potato soup is so easy to make you may be surprised at how much flavor it has.
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I'm elbow deep in the sauce lessons at the moment, but it occured to me that this recipe is basically a veloute based soup but the starch in the roux is made with potatoes rather than flour. Is that the right way to be looking at this?
This soup is pretty much the exact same recipe I've been making for a while. Accept I didn't puree it before I froze it. I had a ton of it left over.
I had to thaw all of it out and puree it cause it turned out really grainy. So glad I did and saved this soup. I now call it my soup base.
I pull a bag out of the freezer and throw in whatever I've got left over from the previous night's meal. So far it is amazing with shredded chicken left over from a roast. I also throw in corn, carrots, etc. Like I said, whatever I have on hand.
So if you're gonna make this soup, I suggest you make a boat load and freeze it in single serving portions.
It's awesome to have this soup whenever the mood strikes you. Just make sure you puree it!
Glad to see Rouxbe offering cream based soups. Can't wait for more!
The links to creme fraiche and creme fraiche shortcut are broken. I just thought I'd let you know.
Also under step 3, grams is improperly abbreviated grs. I hate to be a stickler about this, but it's one of my pet peeves. It should be written 400g or 400 grams. Again, I hope I'm not being a pain in the butt.
I'm really looking forward to having this soup tomorrow night.
While we do have quite a few short tip and technique videos, we are more focused on the lessons in the Cooking School right now, so this video won't be in the pipeline anytime soon. I did a quick search online and here is a decent video on how to clean leeks. In terms of cutting, this all depends on what you are making. You can slice them across into half-moon shapes or lengthwise. You might want to check out the cooking school lesson on How to Cut Using a Chef's Knife. There are some great pointers in there on how to handle almost any ingredient. Hope this helps! Cheers!
Thanks for your detailed response, Kimberly. I came across that video a few days ago and thought he did a great job of explaining where and why dirt accumulates between the leaves and how to clean the leek, although I wished he had better explained which part is inedible (yet usable for stock). From the video at the 50 seconds mark it almost looks like the cut he made was arbitrary, as both halves have dark green leaves. What are your thoughts on where the inedible part of the leek starts?
Thank you again; I am truly grateful to learn from Rouxbe and its chefs. It's a phenomenal school and has brought my cooking to another level in only a few short months.
Glad to hear you are enjoying Rouxbe. Both the white and green parts of leeks are edible; however, the very dark green parts are often not eaten because they are too tough. They still have lots of flavor though and shouldn't be wasted. This is why they are often added to stocks. They can also be blanched and used to line steamer baskets or anywhere that you want to infuse some leek flavor.
Test it for yourself. Cut a few strips down the different parts of the leek and taste it. You'll see the difference in texture. It's all about getting to know your ingredient and experimenting. Cheers!
We made this for lunch today and it was delicious, even though I could point out where I could use some improvements. I am starting to learn how to create these soup flavors and textures. I only had two leeks, and I probably used a little too much potato, so next time I'll fix that ratio to be more on the leeky side. Other than that we added bacon bits, and we think that some small toasted croutons would also be good.
Sharing a good meal is just such a great thing, and that's what cooking is all about for me :)
My first ever Vichyssoise! Wow! I made this ahead of time tonight with plans to serve it with lunch tomorrow. It smelled amazing, and the unanimous decision was to serve it immediately. This was fun to make with outstanding results... and definitely a great way to impress guests.
I didn't know I wasn't supposed to eat the dark green part of the leek (wasn't following directions as well as I should have). So I sliced it extremely thin and used it as a garnish. Tt tasted so good with the crunch, we kept putting in more.
Thanks Rouxbe. I'm becoming a fabulous cook because of you!!
Since green onions impart a stronger flavour than leeks, it won't taste the same, and will essentially be Green Onion & Potato Soup...but otherwise, it should work fine. You will miss the delicate flavours of the leeks, so I would suggest that the next time you see leeks at the supermarket, you grab a few so you can try this amazing dish as it is meant to be. Happy leek hunting! :-)
Made the soup and it was excellent until-----My wife pointed out that it was a bit gritty and, therefore, she gave me an F.
Just started Chicken and Dumplings. Trimmed the leeks dark green leaves and the root. Sliced the remaining down the middle and separated the leaves - found dirt deep within the layers of leaves.