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4.3.13

POTATO LEEK SOUP



Creamy delicious potato leek soup… It was unavoidable. I had leek, 2 cups of leftover potatoes and some good quality homemade stock. It was all calling me to make soup. True, it would have taken longer if I had to cook the potatoes. But as it happened soup was ready in record time.
 
The simplest way to puree hot soup is with an immersion blender. However, a free stand blender works even better. I have a powerful Osterizer Blender and it gives me a creamier, smoother texture than any immersion blender I ever used. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that pressure can blow the lid right off as hot food explodes out the top of the blender jar. First there is a good chance you will burn your face and your neck and then there is the clean up. The only thing worse from cleaning up after the blender blowing off its lid from a jarful of hot soup is cleaning up after a blender full of raspberries. The safe method of pureeing hot foods in a stand alone blender is fully explained following the recipe.

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced leek
2 cups cooked potatoes
2 cups meat stock
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup whole milk

• Heat the oil in a wide bottomed pot or a deep skillet
• Add the chopped leeks and sauté on medium heat for 2 minutes.
• Remove a couple of tablespoons of leeks to a small bowl and set aside for garnish.
• Add the cooked potatoes to the leeks and mash the potatoes down a little.
• Add the stock and bring it to a slow simmer.
• Place the flour in a small bowl and gradually whisk in the milk.
• Add the milk and bring it back to a simmer.
• Cook for 2 minutes on medium low heat, stirring until the soup thickens and the flour cooks.
• Puree with an immersion blender or follow my instruction and puree in a stand blender.
• Yields 2-3 servings.

How to Puree Hot Food in the Blender
[Eventually this will be a post on its own.]

1. Pour the hot food into a heatproof pitcher or a large measuring cup.
2. Plug in the blender and set the blender speed for slow.
3. Pour about a 1/4 cup of hot food into the blender jar.
4. Place the lid on.
5. Insert the lid cap.
6. Place your hand on the lid and the lid-cap and apply pressure to hold it down.
7. With the other hand hit the puree button.
8. After the start-up you can safely remove your hand from the lid and the lid-cap.
9. Let the food puree to the desired consistency.
10. Place your hand back on the lid and lid-cap and apply pressure to hold it down.
11. With your other hand hit the fast speed button.
12. After the start-up you can safely remove your hand from the lid and lid-cap.
13. Keep the blender going and remove the lid-cap, but leave on the lid.
14. Gradually start adding from the remaining hot food through the hole where the lid-cap used to be. Do not pour all the remaining hot food into the blender jar all at once.
15. Keep the blender going until you are satisfied the hot food is thoroughly pureed.
16. During the process the soup will cool down a little, so you may consider reheating before serving.

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It began with posting a few recipes on line for my family. "zsuzsa is in the kitchen" has more than 1000 Hungarian and International recipes. What started out as a private project turned into a well visited blog. The number of visitors long passed the two million mark. I organized my recipes into an on-line cookbook. On top of the page click on the cookbook to access the recipes. I am not profiting from my blog, so my visitors will not be harassed with advertising or flashy gadgets. Feel free to cut and paste my recipes for your own use. Publication is permitted as long as it is in your own words and with your own photographs. However, I would ask you for an acknowledgement and link-back to my blog. This is to my old on-line friends and visitors: policing the comment section for spam and answering questions has become a chore. Good wishes to you all, happy cooking and keep on feeding your people with good food.

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