Potato and Leek Soup

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This is a little something that I had at the Boars Head Feast at the Eagle Hill Cultural Center last year for the first time ever and fell absolutely head over heels for. I have been meaning to make it, but completely forgot about it until I heard that the Boars Head Feast was right around the corner again! With that being said, I want to give a BIG thanks to Country Bank for Savings for hooking me up with tickets for my sister and I to attend again this year! It is truly such a great time and we really do look forward to it!

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Ingredients

8 Leeks; chopped & rinsed well.

5 Lbs Potatoes; washed, scrubbed, peeled, and diced

6 Cups Chicken OR Vegetable Broth

4 Cups Water

4 Tbsp Butter

Salt & Pepper to taste

Parsley; finely minced

Green Onions (scallions); thinly sliced

Extra Virgin Olive such as Terra Delyssa

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If you dont have chicken broth at the ready (like I didn’t… bad bad Sarah!) You can make it using bullion cubes… I always said I was resourceful in the past!

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Wash and scrub your potatoes…

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Then peel the potatoes… This is when having children who want to help in the kitchen comes in handy…. I should probably get moving so I have myself some potato peelers huh? I learn from the best MOM! XD

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Once they are all peeled, dice them up nice and small…

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Trim the roots and dark green parts of the leaks off, then chop up finely.

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TADA!

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Look at all of those leeks! BTW I find the best way for me to clean them is to chop them up and put them in a large bowl filled with water. Slosh them around a bit and the silt will sink to the bottom of the bowl while the leeks float.

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Melt butter over medium heat.

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Add leeks and toss with butter, cooking until tender (about 1o minutes) stirring occasional.

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Look at those little gems!

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Add potatoes, broth, salt, and pepper.

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Stir well and bring to a boil.

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Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Don’t judge me, I heard putting a wooden spoon over the top of a top helps it not boil over, so I was giving it an honest try… good news is that it didn’t boil over, but it could have been due to the fact that I had it at a low heat??? Maybe??? Or maybe it really works???

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While your potato/leek mixture does its magic on the stove, take some time to check you email, drink some wine, work on your blog, whatever suits your needs for the next 10-15 minutes!

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Okay, back to the grind… Once the potatoes are done boiling, take an immersion blender and puree everything in the pot until smooth. If you like it lumpy, only puree a portion.

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To serve, fill bowls with potato and leek soup then drizzle with a bit of olive oil…

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Sprinkle with a good pinch of parsley and green onions…

Enjoy!

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