Monday, November 21, 2011

Potato Leek Soup


Fine. So she won't win any beauty pageants, but she sure is nice and a Snuggie.

(No, I don't own a Snuggie...and no, there isn't a photo of me out there wearing an electric blue one sitting by a roaring fire, sipping red wine...)  (I dread the day that thing finds me on facebook...)
I took well over a hundred pictures of this soup. 

It started out in a white bowl, then a yellow bowl, then tea cups.  It went outside, back inside, on the floor and at one point was even precariously positioned on the edge of the living room window (...a little potato soup smudge on your silk Pottery Barn drapes adds character right?) 

So two things confirmed:


1.) It's difficult to photograph Potato Soup.
2.) I'm completely nuts.

Potato Leek Soup


2 T. Butter
2 large Leeks, whites and pale green parts only, sliced and rinsed well
4 large Idaho Potatoes, peeled and diced into cubes
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste (I used white pepper)
2 teaspoons White Truffle Oil (optional)
Fresh chives for garnish (optional)


In a large pot with a lid, melt down your butter and add your leek. Saute leek until soft, about 8 minutes.  Add potatoes and stir together well.  Add stock and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, turn down heat to a simmer and cover pot.  Continue cooking for 20-30 minutes (until potatoes are tender).  Carefully blend soup in the blender (or use an emulsion blender) and puree to a desired consistency.  Stir in the cream, salt and pepper to taste.  If using white truffle oil, stir it in at the very end before serving.  Garnish with fresh chives and serve with homemade croutons or crusty bread.



Heather said...

Now that's dedication. The final shots look good! Plus, I learned a new use for my deep frying tool from the second picture.

Unknown said...

thanks Heather! I just moved the third pict to the top :) I'm not crazy about any of them though...

Karen said...

First, I know we're always our own worst critic, so I understand, but I think your photos are great. White soup is not easy, and you've done a nice job getting these shots. Isn't it ridiculous the amount of dishes to be washed after a photo shoot gone wrong??
Second, I may own two Snuggies...actually they're Slankets. And let me tell you something...mine cost about $50/piece when Slankets were the new thing. I saw a deal for a Snuggie for $1.99 the other day. Smacks forehead. Note to self: wait for trends to die down. They will get cheaper.

Unknown said...

I LOVE potato leek soup.. it is probably one of my absolute favorite soups! Yours looks wonderful!

Nuts about food said...

Weel, it may have taken 100 shots but the soup is beautiful. My pictures these days are pretty awful. Things are so rushed and the early darkness makes it impossible to get a decent shot...for me. But if I wait around to get a beautiful one I won't post anymore so I decided to hell with it and posted them anyway.

Justin said...

It doesn't look bad in the end! But having such pretty bowls to put it in is kind of cheating!