I slightly adapted this
recipe is from the Stephanie Inn Cookbook written by Lori McKean and the Stephanie Inn staff. Photos were taken on two different visits to the Inn.
More of Linda's great
Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes.
Yukon Gold Potato-Leek Soup
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 60 min
4 leeks (white part only), rinsed and thinly sliced
4 slices pepper bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium-size sweet
onion (such as Walla Walla, Texas Sweet, or Mayan), sliced
4 pounds unpeeled Yukon gold
potatoes, rinsed and diced*
2 cups water, approximate
lemon juice to taste
Coarse salt and freshly-ground
peppercorns to taste
Chili oil for garnish
Chopped chives for garnish
* New red potatoes may be substituted.
Trim and clean leeks (see box on right); thinly slice the white portion.
Cut and clean leeks - You
need to thoroughly clean a leek because dirt can become trapped in its many
layers. Trim the root portion right above the base (cutting too far up the stalk will remove the part that holds the
layers together. Slice off the fibrous green tops, leaving only the white-to-light green stalk. Discard greens. Cut the leek in half
lengthwise, then cut according to your recipe (slice, chop or dice).
In a large soup pot over medium heat, sauté the
bacon until crisp. Remove cooked bacon from pot and let drain on paper towels;
Pour the bacon grease out of
the soup pot; discard. Put the butter into the pot and, when it is melted, add the onion,
leeks, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and
translucent. Stir in the diced potatoes and cover with the water (adding more
water if necessary to cover). Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced
with a for. Remove from heat.
In a food processor or blender, puree half of the potato mixture; then stir the puree back
into the other potatoes.
NOTE: The soup can be made 1 to 2 days in advance up until this stage. Refrigerate until ready to finish.
When ready to serve, reheat the soup mixture.
Stir in the heavy cream and season to taste with fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
To serve, ladle into pre-warmed soup bowls. Garnish with chili oil, chopped chives, and bacon pieces.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.