Irish Potato Leek Soup

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:
9 leeks, whites only, cleaned and sliced
3 garlic cloves
2 oz. butter (1/2 stick or 4 tablespoons)
3 Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters
1.5 quarts chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a 3-quart sauce pot, sauté the garlic and leeks in butter over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and potatoes and simmer over medium-high heat for one hour until potatoes are tender.

Puree with a hand-held blender or liquid blender until smooth and creamy. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer for another five minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Garnish with fresh chives, grated parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, bacon, or even sautéed leeks. Serve and enjoy!

Tony’s Tips:

  • Wash the leeks thoroughly before using to remove any grit between the leaves. Slice each leek lengthwise from top to bottom, then fan out the leaves while running under cold water to clean them.
  • For an elegant restaurant finish, strain the soup through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth; however, if you thoroughly puree the ingredients this step is not necessary.

To Store: Always store in an airtight container. Can be refrigerated up to 4 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.

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