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Rustic Potato & Leek Soup

Updated: Nov 9, 2021


Potato, Leek, Butter,, French cooking, Country, Comfort, Easy, Smokiness, French Bread, Hearty, Light, filling

This recipe has been featured in the Lake Minnetonka Magazine.


The classic French soup Potato and Leek is perfect on a warm summer's day or a cool, windy fall day. A recipe with the traditional Potato, Leek, and Court-Bouillon and friendly touch of diced bacon to add a hint of smokiness.


This Soup is sure to be a comfort on your table and is genuinely very easy to make. There is a stigma around French food that it involves complicated sauces and methods. Sure, that can be true for many dishes but not this one. You will learn how to create a very basic Court-Bouillon, a collection of vegetables, Wine, and a collection of Herb's and add it to the main ingredients, which are the star of the Soup.


A soup commonly seen in the French countryside and even in Escoffier's le Guide Culinaire doesn't get any more French than this. I assure you, though, this is a very nice gentle introduction to French cooking!


For those of us unfamiliar with what a Leek is, it's a member of the Onion family. Does this mean your eyes will get a little watery? I'm afraid that may be the case. A good trick is to breathe through your mouth and not your nose when you're shredding the Leek or any Onion. You will be shredding the white part of the Leek for this recipe, but you even use the green leafy part in various stocks to add extra flavor.


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It's a perfect balance, the Leek providing earthiness, Potato some heartiness, and some Bacon for smokiness. All the elements work in perfect harmony.


But there is one last element left. We again worked with our sommelier to find the perfect Wine for this Soup. For the Court-Boulion, you'll want to use a Belvino Pinot Grigio. This Italian Wine is light-bodied with hints of Pear and Apple and is perfect for cooking this Soup. For the pairing, though, you'll want Seven Rings Chardonnay from Monterey, California. This Wine starts with fruity notes of Apple and Pear but finished crisp. What is key about this Wine, though, is its buttery profile. This is French cooking, and along with that, there is a good amount of butter. We want to tie in notes from the Wine that is in the Soup.


We can't wait for you to try this Soup and wine pairing, and now it'll be a very comforting Soup for the end of summer and all of fall.


Cheers

Chef Olson

“The Flying Chef”

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Wine Pairing

Court Bouillon: Belvino Pinot Grigio

Pairing: Seven Rings Chardonnay

Recipe, Guide, Soup, Traditional French, classic, Escoffier,
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