Recipe by Derek Parker
"The finest of all cold soups--and the very best thing invented in the USA! This wonderful, smooth soup can be garnished with a very few finely chopped chives. The chef at the Algonquin (where the soup originated) now sprinkles a very little curry powder, and provided it is a VERY little this can be very pleasant. Enjoy."
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thinly sliced potatoes
2 1/3 cups
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 1/8 cups
heavy whipping cream
This was a great starting point. (Recipes exist to get ideas, not to follow.) I like vichyssoise, but am always a bit disappointed in the blandness. I added a clove of garlic and half cup of finely chopped fresh herbs (parsley, lovage, oregano, majoram, savory, thyme, basil and a lot of chives). I garnished with more chives and fresh cracked pepper.
I agree that this was a great starting point. I combined this recipe with the Classic Vichyssoise recipe by 2doulas and another from one of my cookbooks and ended up with a beautiful soup that my guests adored. The key is to use the herbs called for in the other recipe, sub white pepper for the black, use fat-free half-and-half instead of cream, and garnish with sour cream and chives. Yum, yum, yum!
ok. I cheated and sampled the leek potato mixture as it was cooling. Awesome. But then I added the dairy - I used nonfat half and half - and suddenly this delicious soup became diluted, more fattening and less enticing. It was good. But prior it was exquisite. So next time, I'm adding the half and half a quarter cup at a time. Also, bacon bits and chives on top and with less cream a dollup of sour cream. Just like in baked potatoes! And who knows, may even serve warm instead of chilled. I'm out of control!
try using non fat half and half instead of the cream. Works very well and cuts out a lot of calories!
Oh my! Simply sumptuous! I noted that some other reviewers fiddled with the recipe by using lowfat this and nonfat that or reduced fat other.
DON'T! Keep this recipe exactly how it's written! Otherwise, it's just foreplay without sex! (Nice, but never as fulfilling!) Whilst I appreciate the idea of adding a scintilla of curry on top, I personally found it destructive to this wonderful dish. Definitely use fresh chives though, along with proper full fat cream and delicious rich chicken stock. I did add the lightest dusting of fresh cracked black pepper. Chilled to perfection, it was a symphony of flavour! Lovely. Absolutely Lovely!
My first taste of Vichyssoise - excellent! Easy, straightforward recipe. Enjoyed it this warm summer afternoon with a fruit compote, fried bread fingers, and chilled Pinot Blanc, in the cool shade in my garden. Even my gourmet Belgian Shepherd loved it! Don't miss trying this one!
Just had gum surgery and my wife made this for me. Excellent. My wife even made herself a non-pureed batch without the cream and she loved it. Thanks.
Mmmm delicious. It is basicly a cold leek&potato soup, but the genious of it is the idea of serving it cold. I would never have thought of that. Very nice, smooth and pleasing in the summer heat. Must serve with a big chunk of bread for dipping.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 223
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