Sorrel vichyssoise

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Finely chopped white and pale green part; washed well
; of leek
½ cup Finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 pounds Boiling potatoes
4 cups Chicken broth
2 cups Water
½ pounds Fresh sorrel; (available
; seasonally at
; specialty produce
; marketsand some
; supermarkets),
; stems discarded and
; the leaves rinsed,
; spundry, and
; shredded coarse
; (about 8 cups)
½ cup Heavy cream
¼ cup Snipped fresh chives; or to taste, plus,
; if desired,
; additional
; forgarnish

In a large saucepan cook the leek and the onion with salt and pepper to taste in the butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, add the potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces, the broth, and the water, and simmer the mixture, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender. Stir in the sorrel and simmer the mixture for 1 minute. Puree the mixture in a blender in batches, transferring it as it is pureed to a bowl, and let it cool. Stir in the cream, the chives, and salt and pepper to taste, chill the soup, covered, for at least 4 hours or overnight, and serve it sprinkled with the additional chives.

Makes about 8 cups, serving 6 to 8.

Gourmet May 1992

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