Saturday, December 2, 2017

Roasted Leek and Potato Soup

I am going to let you in on a little secret. In order to put on the lavish Thanksgiving dinners that I do, I have to make some things ahead. One of those things is my traditional Potato Leek Soup (that keeps 2 days in the fridge, and freezes beautifully). This year, I decided to do something different from what I normally do, and that was to roast the vegetables rather than sauté them. Lately I have been roasting everything, and really enjoying how delicious things can be, not to mention pretty darned easy.
In the past, I have never given away my leek soup recipe, and I don't plan to do that here, but I will give you the recipe for the version that I served this year, based upon one from Ina Garten. My diners still preferred my secret recipe, but I think this one gave my original a real run for its money, and it is one heck of a lot easier!
Roasted Leek and Potato Soup

4 leeks (I used
Melissa’s), cleaned, trimmed, and cut into 2” chunks
1 large yellow onion, peeled, and cut into large wedges
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed*
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups homemade chicken stock
2 cups whole milk (nothing else will do!)

Preheat the oven to 400

Place leeks, onions, and potatoes onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss with hands until thoroughly coated. Place in oven, and roast for 55 to 60 minutes, giving it a stir at 30 minutes. At 60 minutes, toss in the spinach, and let it roast two minutes more. Remove from oven, place on stovetop, and pour wine over roasted vegetables. Use a metal spatula to deglaze the pan scraping up all the delicious roasted bits. 

Transfer vegetables, in batches, to a food processor and purée along with one cup chicken stock per batch. Transfer purée to a medium stockpot, stir in remaining 2 cups of chicken stock along with the 2 cups of milk. Warm through and, at this point if it's too chunky for you, do what I do, and give it that wonderful velvety texture by whipping it a second time with an immersion blender. It will be beautiful, rich, and velvety, and oh so delicious. Garnish with a few sliced scallions, and gratings of Gruyere cheese.

*I used a variety of potatoes that I had on hand, including Melissa’s Organic Fingerling Potatoes. 
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sandy said...

looks delicious!

Alycia Nichols said...

To quote Oliver Twist: “Please, sir, I want some more!”😀

Unknown said...

Sounds so amazing! Pinned!

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Miz Helen said...

Oh my, I can almost taste this delicious soup, it looks amazing! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
Miz Helen