Saturday, November 14, 2015


serves four

3 tablespoons butter
1 pound small leeks, cleaned and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
3 russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and halved
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup cream
1 cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon white pepper
Chive oil (recipe below)
4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped

Chive oil
2 bunches chives, blanched, chilled and chopped
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.

In a heavy saucepan set over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks, onion and garlic. Season with salt, and allow to sweat for 5 minutes. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook the mixture for about 20 minutes. Add the potatoes and stock, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until the potatoes are tender, or about 45 minutes. Pour the soup into a blender and purée. Strain the soup through a colander, then return it to the pot. Add the cream and buttermilk. Season with salt and white pepper, to taste. Serve in small bowls, drizzle with chive oil and garnish with bacon.  

bacon recipe source: Budi Kazali, executive chef of The Ballard Inn & Restaurant, Ballard, California

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