Luscious Hot Or Cold
In Winter, we serve this hot, and call it Potato Soup. In Summer, we serve it
cold and call it Vichyssoise. No matter the name, it is a perennial favorite.
Recently, there has been a restaurant vogue for what is called “Baked Potato
Soup.” That is this recipe, served hot with a dollop of Sour Cream, and
sprinkles of both grated Cheese and chopped Chives.
This can be made the day before you intend to serve it, but cannot be frozen.
Cooked Potatoes become grainy in texture, when frozen. However, you can use
commercially frozen raw Potatoes as a substitute for fresh ones. You can also
lower the amount of Liquid, and make this from leftover Mashed Potatoes.
1 bottle White Wine
1 quart Water
2 tablespoons Mock-Chicken Bouillon Base
6 large Baking Potatoes, peeled and diced
6 Leeks (white part only), minced
1 cup minced Celery
1 large Onion, minced
1/2 cup minced Parsley
6 sprigs fresh Thyme
4 Bay Leaves
4 tablespoons Butter or Margarine
1 pint Heavy Cream, Nondairy Creamer, or Sour Cream
Place all ingredients, except the Cream, in a large pan with a lid. Bring to a
boil over medium heat. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer whilst stirring
occasionally for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove and discard Bay Leaves.
The Soup must now be blended until it is smooth. The easiest way to do this is
with a hand blender, if you have one. The traditional way is to put it through a
food mill or sieve. A compromise is to put a couple of cups at a time in a
blender, and process until smooth. Do NOT try to process more than 2 cups of
soup at a time, because the liquid will rise when blended and leak all over the
place, leaving an awful mess to clean. When the soup is smooth, stir in the
Cream. This may be served hot or cold.