Caramelized Leek and Yukon Gold Bisque
Yield: About 2 quarts
This is a lovely, classic winter soup, warming and delicious. Caramelizing the leeks and roasting the garlic give depth and complexity to these winter staples, and the Carrot-Horseradish Cream adds color and spark. Enjoy!
- 1 head organic garlic Add to list
- Olive oil for drizzling Add to list
- 2 tablespoons butter Add to list
- 2 organic leeks, thinly sliced and tough green ends removed Add to list
- 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence (or use fresh thyme if you prefer) Add to list
- 1/2 cup sparkling dry white wine (or your favorite white wine) Add to list
- 5 to 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth Add to list
- 3 organic Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced Add to list
- 1 cup crème fraîche Add to list
- Salt and freshly ground pepper Add to list
- Carrot-Horseradish Cream Add to list
Preheat oven to 300° F.
Cut the top off the garlic head and place in a small, ovenproof ramekin. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and cover the ramekin loosely with foil. Bake for 1 hour or until the garlic is very soft.
Meanwhile, in a heavy pot, melt the butter over medium heat and cook the leeks with the herbes de Provence for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the leeks are soft and golden. Pour the sparkling wine in the pot and allow it to reduce until most of the liquid is evaporated. Pour the chicken or vegetable broth into the pot. Add the diced potatoes and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes fall apart. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the soup.
Puree the soup using an immersion blender, food processor or stand blender. Add the crème fraîche and simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with the Carrot-Horseradish Cream.
Recipe by, PCC Chef
Source: Demonstrated on KING 5's "Gardening with Ciscoe" show, which aired on January 15, 2011.
ABOUT OUR CHEF: Lynne Vea
Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.
Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.
She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.
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