Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

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Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 10th, 2018, 8:03 am

I acquired a load of leeks and potatoes yesterday. Soup making calls! I love it made with good stock and thyme then pureed but have never thought of enhancing it with the likes of croutons or dumplings, reason could be it's a perfect classic that doesn't need tinkering with, but this time round I am wondering if I could add something to enhance it, either before or after the pureeing bit. It can be anything. Bready, cheese, meaty.

Any ideas? Ta!
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby earthmaiden » March 10th, 2018, 9:06 am

I agree that leek and potato soup is pretty good without being messed about (especially with the addition of milk or cream). Any of the things you mention would be nice sprinkled on top and cheese stirs through the hot soup rather well. A nice idea I have adopted for things like that recently (having picked up the idea from an Iranian influenced cookery book) is crispy fried onions sprinkled on top. Personally I think caraway seeds go well too - but they can be an acquired taste.

Edited to say I mean that the addition of miilk or cream is a nice thing!
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby sueturnersmith » March 10th, 2018, 10:43 am

I just like a swirl of cream stirred on top. I think a pinch of paprika might work, or maybe a little chopped parsley. I really prefer mine just plain, no croutons...I’m not keen on croutons on anything, even Caesar salad!
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby Ratatouille » March 10th, 2018, 11:06 am

I like a good crouton - garlic or parmesan.

Chopped toasted hazelnuts are quite nice with leek too but my favourite is to crisp up some lardons of smoked bacon then remove from the pan and use the fat for sweating off the leek and poato before finishing the soup then sprinkling the lardons on top
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby Suelle » March 10th, 2018, 11:09 am

My first thoughts were spices, rather than toppings - curry paste or just turmeric alone (said to be a superfood!).

A few thin slices, or finely diced, chorizo might make a good topping.
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby scullion » March 10th, 2018, 11:30 am

i assume you're adding a couple of bay leaves, too.
we only ever eat it with some good bread and butter. i think it's a soup that could be overwhelmed by the addition of other, stronger, flavours.
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby suffolk » March 10th, 2018, 11:37 am

A swirl of cream or a dollop of creme fraiche, a sprinkling of chopped chives and a piece of good crusty bread :chops:
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 10th, 2018, 3:11 pm

Ooh, lovely ideas, thank you! This time round I think I will add some turmeric as I have some in. Maybe some thick natural yoghurt too as I have loads of that. Next time I'll go down the cheese route.

I don't have bay leaves. Must get some!
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » March 10th, 2018, 5:20 pm

I would roast the potato peelings so they go like crisps and add them on top
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 10th, 2018, 7:43 pm

Good idea about the peelings! I have done that before with parsnip peelings for parsnip soup or just salted as a snack. Somehow wouldn't have thought of it with potatoes.

One for next time though as I didn't think these spuds needed peeling. The whole lot went in.
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby StokeySue » March 10th, 2018, 8:23 pm

suffolk wrote:A swirl of cream or a dollop of creme fraiche, a sprinkling of chopped chives and a piece of good crusty bread :chops:

Exactly

Following Felicity Cloake I used a jacket spud, jacket and all last time. Worked very well Cut in chunks and added to the sweated leeks. I was dubious about the skin but it was :tu:

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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby Amber » March 10th, 2018, 9:09 pm

I never peel potatoes now, even for mash!

Try topping your soup with some crisply fried shredded leek.
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby Luca » March 12th, 2018, 5:12 pm

suffolk wrote:A swirl of cream or a dollop of creme fraiche, a sprinkling of chopped chives and a piece of good crusty bread :chops:


:tu: Exactly as my mother used to make it and so do I. Lots of chives.
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby Catherine » March 12th, 2018, 7:02 pm

My personal take on it is that some things are best left kept simple. A good leek and potato soup needs nothing else or it becomes something else f that makes sense. I loath croutons so would not bother with them although I know a lot of people like them, so each to their own. I guess a couple of rashers of crispy bacon would work on the top
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby Badger's mate » March 12th, 2018, 10:40 pm

Coming at this from another angle, L&P makes a good base for a celeriac soup. Add a cubed peeled celeriac to a batch of L&P when you make it. Liquidise the lot when cooked, add something creamy.

I use a recipe from a MB book.
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Re: Can a leek & potato soup be embellished?

Postby karadekoolaid » March 15th, 2018, 12:39 am

Leek & potato = vichysoisse, so cream goes well. Or yoghurt. Or sour cream.
Crispy fried onions on top. Or crispy bacon. Or croutons. Or scrunched up pappadums. Or tortilla chips.
Spices? Turmeric, well, I think it´ll just add some colour rather than important flavour.
Toasted mustard seeds, or nigella seeds, or fenugreek seeds, or panch puran.
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