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Leeks and Soup
Posted March 13, 2006 at 12:11:28 PM by Bean in the Recipes category
Since bigD dissed on my last recipe post, I decided to try and save face with a sure0fire winner. I don't have a name for it, but it's loosely based off of a recipe for "waterzooi" that I saw on 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray. I made her version, then I made it better. Here's the better version, exactly as I prepared it, Leek Soup:

Put 2-3 cups of chicken broth/stock in a largish pot and turn that birch on high. Clean and chop two celery stalks and add to the heating broth. Grab a big ole leek and chop off the bottom and top half inches, then cut it lengthwise. Chop the halves and put the results in a big bowl of cold water and stir it around - this will help clean the leeks. Peel and chop two potatoes into 1/2" cubes and set aside, then peel and chop one white/yellow onion.

Put a decent amount of oil (3-4 tbsp ?) in a sauce pan and heat it up - then add in your potatoes. Let them sizzle and fry up real good, then stir them around and let them fry some more. You want to get the sides brown as quick as you can, without necessarily cooking the taters through. Don't worry about stuff getting stuck to the pan - you are gonna deglaze that later. Once the potatoes are nice and browned, scrape them onto a paper towel to drain briefly, then drop em into the broth, which is probably starting to boil now. Reduce the heat so that you just maintain a slow boil. Now, using the same pan and maybe a little more oil (if needed), saute the chopped onion. Again, we are looking for a lot of browning/canalization here, so have the heat up there pretty high. Once the onions start to show some good brown color, scrape em out and into the pot. Now, using the same pan (and more oil if needed), saute the leek as well. It will take up a lot of room at first, but will shrink once it starts cooking. The leek wont caramelize quite like the onion or tater, so just let it cook for 2-4 minutes and then dump it into the pot with everything else.

Now that you've got the base of the soup going, you can add some herbs. All I used was a bay leaf and a healthy does of parsley. The original recipe called for some thyme, but I didn't have any. Also, add some (1/4 cup) water to that hot fry pan you used for the veggies and stir it around to degalze it. This lets you capture all of that yummy char/fat from the pan - which you then add to the soup.

Now, once things have had a chance to meld together for 5-10 minutes, we are ready for the final touches. Remove the pot from heat and stir in about 1/3 cup of sour cream and a slice of American cheese. Stir, stir, stir, and try to keep it from curdling. Mine curdled a bit, bit it still tastes good. Maybe tempering the sour cream would work here, if you care to try.

You'll want to add some salt and pepper, to taste, and... I think that's it. This turns out to be a very thick soup... so you could easily add a few more cups of broth upfront for something less stewey and more soupy. I just ate a bowl of this for lunch, and it was bang. It was actually a blend between this soup and the Rachael Ray version. Possible modifications would be to add some chicken or shrimp into the mix (sautee'd in that same fry pan after the veggies) or a different herb bouquet.
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20 comments
stef (March 13, 2006 at 01:14:50 PM):
BANG! ....in my opinion
bigD (March 13, 2006 at 01:15:57 PM):
Sounds like it has a better chance of BANG! results than your trachfries.

But, I despise Rachael Ray with the fire of a thousand suns, so I probably won't make this soup.
bean (March 13, 2006 at 02:23:20 PM):
he soup did not call for any of the carmelization, which I added, and which makes it mo betta BANG. Her's also did not include sour cream or celery, but did have an egg and heavy whipping cream.


bigD (March 13, 2006 at 02:43:55 PM):
Rachael Ray is a dumb cunt
Finch (March 13, 2006 at 03:03:35 PM):
he's absorutery right. i can't stand watching any of her shows.
TP (March 13, 2006 at 04:52:16 PM):
I think my brother is in love with her ass. Other than that, I don't really have an opinion of Rachael as I don't watch her shows.
m1 (March 13, 2006 at 04:58:41 PM):
You know who i can't stand. Giada De Laurentiis of everyday italian fame.
Finch (March 13, 2006 at 05:43:41 PM):
At least Giada is hot. I think the only food network persona I enjoy watching is Alton Brown.
celeb (March 14, 2006 at 06:55:21 AM):
Giada is hot. Also, how is she so thin for all that fucking italian food she cooks? I say she purges.

Also hot is Sandra Lee, but I don't remember her show name. Something about 30% fresh food and 70% premade or some such business.
bean (March 14, 2006 at 08:45:43 AM):
almost homemade ? somethin like that
Finch (March 14, 2006 at 09:43:55 AM):
I think it's semi-homemade, and the only reason to watch her show is her hotness. Her stuff always reminds me of something my mom would make. Grab out a packet of French Onion Soup, add it to sour cream, and you've got a wonderful dip! Then she'll put in some cut up bell pepper to make it seem like it's an actual cooking show.
Viviane (March 14, 2006 at 11:06:35 AM):
I recently heard of a study that found men's attention is really only captured by two channels, the Food Network and the History Channel. At the time I didn't believe it, but reading y'all's comments is changing my mind.
Finch (March 14, 2006 at 11:28:43 AM):
I watch the following channels:
Food Network
VH1
Discovery Channel

Food Network and VH1 probably equally make up ~80% of my TV habit...Discovery Channel is another 10%, all other channels make up the remaining 10.
bigD (March 14, 2006 at 12:29:38 PM):
80% TBS
15% Law & Order SVU
4% Earl and teh Office
1% other
bean (March 14, 2006 at 02:05:25 PM):
What the fuck is on TBS?

Finch: I love you.
Between stef and I, we break down:
50% VH1
25% Food
10% Discovery
15% Local Networks (mainly for Lost, Boston Legal, and Scrubs)
bean (March 14, 2006 at 02:05:51 PM):
And in that vein, Scrubs is on tonight. BANG!
Finch (March 14, 2006 at 02:30:45 PM):
I don't think I could live without the following shows:
Good Eats (FN)
Best Week Ever (VH1)
Any countdown-esque show (VH1)
Scrubs (NBC)
...
and until it was cancelled: Arrested Development (Fox)

m1 (March 14, 2006 at 04:34:03 PM):
Giada is hot. She just seems so fuggin anal retentive/overbearing/whatever. I just know every tim she opens her mouth I wanna smack her in it.
corbin (March 15, 2006 at 10:59:07 AM):
every time she opens her mouth, i want to put something in it. she's a hammer. she either purges or works out like crazy when not on camera.

rachel ray is boneable, but annoying, nice round ace.

the semi homeade chick is hot, and always making alcomaholic drinks on the show.

the barefoot contessa is a cow AND annoying.

good eats is a good show. secret life of is decent, but that guy is annoying. also annoying is bobby rivers.

i watch the following a lot

FoodTV
ABC (lost, NCIS, the Unit)
other shows on channels i'm not sure about (earl, the office, scrubs, CSI)
simpsons

that's about it for tv watching.
m2 (March 20, 2006 at 11:15:17 AM):
I am 5 days late to this party, but just to chime in...

25% sports on various channels (cbs & OLN)
25% late night talk shows
25% old sitcoms (friends&70s show)
25% random crap the Tivo picks up that sounds good. (Latest gem Surviorman on Disco)

Food is boring.
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