How to Cook French - Julia Child Style No. 1

Ok I didn't fail you all for the another week, I did it, I made my first Julia Child recipe and success! This recipe turned out delicious and for me who has never made anything with leeks or eaten much of leek anything, I loved this soup.
It is creamy but not too creamy or heavy, and with just the few ingredients it has you can get to taste the individual potato and leek flavor.
First, gather together your ingredients. 3 leeks, 4 or 5 medium potatoes (in my case I used 2 large potatoes), 2 tablespoons neutral oil (like canola or grapeseed), 6 cups vegetable or light chicken stock, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream (if you like), 2 tablespoons freshly squeeze lemon juice, chopped parsley or chives, salt to taste.

Peel your potatoes first then cube them up. 


Cut the leeks, you only want the stalk part, the white part. Cut off the roots then the rest of the green. I sliced the leeks horizontally first then sliced them up. 



In your stock pot, head up the 2 tablespoons of oil then throw in the potatoes and leeks. 


Allow the vegetables to cook until they are slightly softened about 8-12 minutes. A thicker bottom of your stock pot will require the 12 minutes. Stir occasionally while the vegetables are softening. Then add in the 6 cups of stock, I prefer and used chicken stock. 
Allow the stock to come to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the vegetables for 30-40 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Using an immersion blender (which I don't have) or in batches transfer the stock and vegetables to a blender and puree. 


After all the stock and vegetables are pureed, add in the cream and stir. 



Now salt your soup to taste and add in the lemon juice. To finish off your soup, ladle the soup into bowls, add a dollop or two of your creme fraiche or sour cream, sprinkle some chopped parsley or chives and bon appetit, potato and leek soup ala Jula Child!
Next Wednesday, week 2 of How to Cook French - Julia Child style

13 comments:

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Nice job! sounds like a yummy meal.

Sam @ reddyorknot.blogspot.com said...

That soup looks delicious! Perfect for fall!

whit | Black Little Button blog said...

YES PLEASE! at least three cups, send my way ;)
-wHiT

Amy {Cupcakes+Couture} said...

this looks DELICIOUS! i want to eat some of this soup on the couch in front of a fireplace with a blanket wrapped around me :)

Jane said...

yum! this looks delicious! so perfect for fall! i seriously need to invest in a blender. thanks for sharing and for easy to follow instructions!

Rachel said...

I love potato leek soup but have never tried Julia Child's recipe for it! This looks yummy!

brooke lyn said...

love leeks, but never think to buy them!

Alecia Zasiebida said...

Sounds delicious!

xx Alecia with www.likesof.us

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Impressive! I'm a disaster in the kitchen.

always, koru kate

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

Oh I've always wanted to try making a Julia Child recipe! It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing. I definitely need to try my hands at this!

Cheers!
Akshara
Simply Akshara

Vett Vandiver said...

thanks for sharing this, the soup looks amazing!

Alexa said...

Oh wow this looks incredible Meg! Love that Julia Child! ;)

Jamie said...

This looks delicious!!