Vichyssoise is a delicious winter white soup of French origin that is served cold.
Recipe and Photos by Ellen Easton 2021© All Rights Reserved
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Per Ellen Easton, ” Vichyssoise served cold in a demitasse cup is a perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea. My mother, Reva’s recipe is based on the traditional. I have included my own suggestions for a lighter, seasoned version.”
- 4 medium White potatoes, skins removed and cut into quarters
- 4 tablespoons Butter, unsalted
- 1 medium Onion, finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons Chives, finely chopped
- 2 Leeks, bulb whites only
- 3 stalks Celery, finely chopped
- 2 cups Chicken stock
- 2 cups Milk *
- 1 tablespoon Dried Thyme
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper **
- * Can use fat free, 1%, 2% or whole milk
- ** Can substitute white pepper
Place potatoes in a large pot filled with water over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender and can be easily pierced with a fork. (About 15 minutes) Drain the liquid out of the pot.
In a separate 6 quart pot or Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, add butter and cook until melted. Next add onions, chives, leeks and celery. Saute for a few minutes until the onions appear translucent and the celery is softened.
Add the cooked potatoes to the onion mixture, along with the chicken stock, milk, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Stir everything together and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the soup simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove the soup pot from the heat and discard the bay leaf. Then puree the soup mixture with an emulsifier or blender. (If using blender, make sure to blend in small batches or you will have hot soup overflowing out of the blender. )
Let the soup cool down, then place in a containder and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to serve, add finely chopped chives with chive mousse and crouton (see recipes below). You can even garnish with an edible flower.
If you would like to serve hot: reheat over a low flame then add finely chopped chives with chive mousse and crouton.
- 1 loaf French baguette, sliced, ( with ends removed from loaf)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoon Dried Chives, ground
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheight.
Place baguette slices on parchment-covered baking sheet in a single layer and brush slices with olive oil. Then sprinkle finely ground chives on top of bread slices.
Place baking sheet with prepared slices in oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until crisp. (If bread is stale it may crisp up quicker.)
Removed cooled crouton slices and set aside in tightly covered container until ready to use.
In small bowl, add gelatin and boiling water. Stir together until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).
In a separate medium sized bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
In another medium bowl beat egg yolks with a fork or whisk. Add the whipped cream, gelatin mixture and gently fold together. Next, fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites into the whipped cream mixture. Add nutmeg, white pepper, salt and chives and gently fold in until blended together.
If you wish for the mousse to have a green hue, you may fold in a few drops of green food coloriin to the mixture.
Spread the mixture into a shallow pan and let congeal in the refrigerator. When the mousse has firmed up, spread on small round croutons to float on top of Vichyssoise.
Served this way at the Plaze Anthenee in Paris, August 1985
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