As I mentioned last night, I became slightly obsessed with the soup I was served at Jose Garces’ Garces Trading Company. So, I decided to create my own Garces Inspired Potato-Leek (sans premium ingredients :)
I hope you enjoy, let me know if you try it!
- 2 small leeks (I used Trader Joe’s)
- ~1.5 tablespoons butter
- 2 strips bacon, chopped
- ½ shallot chopped
- ~1/4-1/2 cup white cooking wine (or water)
- 1 quart broth/stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 potatoes (~1lb), diced
- ¼ c. heavy cream
- salt & pepper
In a large pot ( used a Le Creuset 5qt Dutch Oven) over medium heat, melt the butter and add the bacon. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the chopped leeks and shallot and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile microwave potatoes for about 6-7 minutes to soften them up if you want to shorten cooking time.
Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add broth, potatoes, bay leaf, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are easily broken with a fork.
Puree the ‘chunky’ parts of the soup in a food processor or blender and return to pot. Whisk in the cream, serve and enjoy!
* I topped my soup with ½ piece of cooked bacon. You could also top with chives.
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