Monday, July 2, 2012

Soup?!? In the summer?

Oh yes, tonight's fare is all about soup!  Cold soup.  Definitely not hot!  Vichyssoise is one of my favorite soups!  And the only one I can think of that is served cold.  Recipes abound on various websites, just pick what sounds good based on the ingredient list!  My soup has a bacon base, of course! Click here for the recipe.  This can be made to be a vegetarian dish, just omit the bacon and substitute another 2 Tablespoons of butter instead, and use vegetable broth.

Bacon is first, chop into pieces, inch to two inch, as you will be crumbling this later.  Drop it into a stock pot with the butter and brown that bacon!  Once it is crispy remove it with a slotted spoon.

Toss the Leeks and Onion in the bacon butter and saute until golden!  It will be a bit brown because of the bacon drippings.  Just make sure the onion and leeks are cooked all the way through.  You can add the garlic near the end so you don't burn it.

Add the potatoes (I used yellow and red potatoes, peeled) and stock. Don't forget the pepper and Spice Agent Smoked Salt!  Bring to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes.

I have a handy Hamilton Beach stick blender so this is what I use to to blend everything together until creamy!  It's a lot easier than doing it in batches in a regular blender.

Once it is a perfect consistency, taste to confirm the spices then put in the fridge to cool if serving cold.  Before serving add the milk and stir.  This can be made ahead and frozen in serving portions, just don't add the milk until you are ready to eat it!

Garnish with the crumbled bacon, some shredded cheese and some chopped green onion!

Happy Eating!