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Sorrel and leeks

June 16, 2009

sorrel-soup

We got our Farmhouse Delivery today, and I used up our leeks, sorrel, and some red potatoes for this soup. It was supposed to be chilled, a Sorrel Vichyssoise, really, but we ate it warm.

I dropped the sorrel in the pot, and seriously, after about a minute, it turned from brilliant green to murky olive. So, olive-colored soup it was. Sad, but tasty.

The lemony tang from the sorrel really added a surprising flavor to the soup. We ate it with baguette and butter, and handfuls of cherry tomatoes. I followed it up with some watermelon, also from Farmhouse Delivery. The watermelon is not quite sweet enough yet, but it was nice with some salt sprinkled on top.

Here’s the recipe I used for the soup!

Sorrel, Leek and Potato Soup

  • 1 cup finely chopped white and pale green part of leek, washed well
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound boiling potatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 pound fresh sorrel, stems discarded and the leaves rinsed, spun  dry, and shredded coarse (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives, or to taste, plus, if desired, additional for  garnish

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.

Purée the mixture in a blender in batches, transferring it as it is puréed 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. Also good warm.

Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Source: Farmhouse Delivery.

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Discussion about this post
  1. kickpleat says:

    This looks so good. I’ve never had sorrel before, so I’m hoping that when our CSA kicks in, we’ll be trying loads of new things.

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