How to Cook Potato Leek Soup With Frizzled Leeks

White pepper gives this cream-based soup just the tiniest kick. Good for what ails ya!

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How to Cook Potato Leek Soup With Frizzled Leeks Recipe
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Pretty much all you need.

Pretty much all you need.

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Take your bay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme sprigs and wrap them up in the thick green tops off the leek. Make sure you rinse off the leek leaves. They can be pretty gritty.

Take your bay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme sprigs and wrap them up in the thick green tops off the leek. Make sure you rinse off the leek leaves. They can be pretty gritty.

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Tie up the thyme, bay, and peppercorns in the leeks with kitchen twine. I didn't have any so I tied it up with chives. This is called a bouquet garni, by the way.

Tie up the thyme, bay, and peppercorns in the leeks with kitchen twine. I didn't have any so I tied it up with chives. This is called a bouquet garni, by the way.

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Sizzle up the chopped bacon in the butter until it starts to think about considering getting crispy.

Sizzle up the chopped bacon in the butter until it starts to think about considering getting crispy.

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Thin slice the white and light green portion of the leeks. Reserve one third of them for later.

Thin slice the white and light green portion of the leeks. Reserve one third of them for later.

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Add the bulk of the sliced leeks to the bacon and butter and cook over medium until the leeks start to wilt.

Add the bulk of the sliced leeks to the bacon and butter and cook over medium until the leeks start to wilt.

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Once they begin to start to caramelize, carefully add your white wine. Be sure to grab a wooden spoon and scrape up all those decadent morsels stuck to the pan!

Once they begin to start to caramelize, carefully add your white wine. Be sure to grab a wooden spoon and scrape up all those decadent morsels stuck to the pan!

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Add your chicken stock...don't you even think about using broth!

Add your chicken stock...don't you even think about using broth!

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Toss in your bouquet garni.

Toss in your bouquet garni.

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Carefully add the potatoes.

Carefully add the potatoes.

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...and white pepper.

...and white pepper.

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...and salt.

...and salt.

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Stir everything together well and bring to a boil.

Stir everything together well and bring to a boil.

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Once it's at a rolling boil, reduce to low and drink some of that wine, if you haven't already.

Once it's at a rolling boil, reduce to low and drink some of that wine, if you haven't already.

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Remember that portion of leaks we set aside? Fry it for a couple minutes in the vegetable oil.

Remember that portion of leaks we set aside? Fry it for a couple minutes in the vegetable oil.

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Fish out the frizzled leeks with a mesh or small slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Fish out the frizzled leeks with a mesh or small slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

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Keep calm and snip your chives on.

Keep calm and snip your chives on.

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After the soup simmers for about half an hour, remove the bouquet garni, taking care not to lose any of its contents in the soup.

After the soup simmers for about half an hour, remove the bouquet garni, taking care not to lose any of its contents in the soup.

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Break out the immersion blender and go to town. You can also purée in batches in your blender. But seriously, if you like making soups, think about investing in one of these babies.

Break out the immersion blender and go to town. You can also purée in batches in your blender. But seriously, if you like making soups, think about investing in one of these babies.

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See? Look at that. Puréed right in the pot.

See? Look at that. Puréed right in the pot.

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Add the heavy cream to your liking. You could also use creme fraiche.

Add the heavy cream to your liking. You could also use creme fraiche.

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Stir it up until uniform in color. Or, wait and add the cream to the soup in the serving bowls to make fun swirls. Whatever. It's your party.

Stir it up until uniform in color. Or, wait and add the cream to the soup in the serving bowls to make fun swirls. Whatever. It's your party.

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Ta dah! Garnish with the chives and/or frizzled leeks and enjoy!

Ta dah! Garnish with the chives and/or frizzled leeks and enjoy!

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