This soup is a take on traditional Potato Leek Soup. I use ham stock instead of chicken, because it’s flavor complements the potatoes and cream so nicely. The buttermilk adds a tanginess that makes this soup stand out from other versions in complexity. For a vegetarian version, simply substitute vegetable stock in place of the meat stock. Potato Leek Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 3 Leeks (white and pale green parts only), rinsed, halved, and sliced 3-4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter 2 large Potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced thinly 1 quart Ham Stock (Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock may be substituted.) 1 Bay Leaf 1/4 tsp. dried Lemon Thyme (Use regular Thyme, if Lemon is not available) 1/2 tsp. ground White Pepper 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 1 cup Buttermilk Salt to taste Instructions: Melt Butter in skillet or large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add Leeks and caramelize, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes until soft, sweet, and translucent. (The goal here is to cook over a low enough heat that the Leeks and Butter do not brown/discolor.) While Leeks are caramelizing, bring Stock to a boil in a large stock pot. Add sliced Potatoes, Bay Leaf, Thyme, White Pepper, and Nutmeg. Reduce heat to simmer. Add caramelized Leeks. Allow soup to simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender and falling apart when mixed. Remove soup from heat and Salt to taste. Add Cream and Buttermilk. Use immersion blender to mix and liquefy. Serve hot with a fresh crust of buttered bread.
My favorite part about this recipe (other than it’s crispy-creaminess, of course!) is that the stovetop portion can be done ahead of time, saving the final broiling for right before you eat. It’s a perfect compliment to holiday main courses such as roasted turkey or chicken. Also, save that delicious cream that’s left over and drizzle it over roasted potatoes or freshly cooked greens or to fold into mashed potatoes. Creamy Braised Potatoes and Fennel By Holly Rodricks (Inspired by Food52.) Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 3 Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1.5-2″ chunks 2 Fennel Bulbs, with tough/bruised outer layers removed, trimmed and cut lengthwise into wedges about 1.5” wide, leaving core intact to hold wedges together 2 cups Cream 1 cup Chicken Stock 1 Bay Leaf 4 large sprigs fresh Thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dried Thyme) 1/2 tsp. dried Orange Zest (or fresh zest of 1 Orange, if available) 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese, finely grated 3 tbsp. Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: In a medium bowl, combine Cream and Chicken Stock and set aside. In a 4 quart pan, combine Potatoes, Fennel wedges, and Bay Leaf. Season generously with Salt and Pepper. Pour Cream mixture over vegetables until just covered and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until Potatoes and Fennel are tender and cooked through. While vegetables are cooking, toss Thyme, Orange Zest, and Cheese together in small bowl until evenly mixed, and set aside. A few minutes before Potatoes and Fennel are cooked, preheat oven broiler to medium high and generously coat the bottom of a casserole or gratin dish with olive oil. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked vegetables to prepared dish. Some Cream mixture will carry over, which is a good thing! Add more Salt and Pepper to taste, as necessary. Then drizzle Potatoes and Fennel with a little more Olive Oil and add Cheese mixture. Toss all ingredients together until evenly coated. Spread out in a single layer in dish and place under broiler, approximately 6 inches away. Brown for 3-5 minutes, until potatoes and fennel are crispy around the edges, or longer as suits your preference. Serve hot! *Image courtesy of: https://food52.com/recipes/14606-crispy-cream-braised-potatoes-and-fennel.
It is a special treat when our CSA members let us know how they’re putting our produce to work by sharing their recipes with us. Below is a submission from one of our members that blends those lingering Summer veggies with the hearty roasted flavors of the start of Autumn. Roasted Chicken with Stewed Vegetables By CSA Member Christopher Muniz Makes 4-6 servings. Roasted Chicken – Ingredients: 2.5 lb. whole Chicken 3 sprigs Thyme 1 Bay Leaf 1 small Onion, quartered 1 clove Garlic, halved Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 450º. Pat skin of Chicken dry. Season cavity of Chicken and skin liberally with Salt and Pepper. Then add Thyme, Bay Leaf, Onion, and Garlic to cavity. Truss Chicken. Place Chicken on roasting rack or on some carrots, celery, etc. to raise it up and get good airflow all around it. Roast Chicken for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Turn oven down to 325º and roast until internal temperature reaches 160-162º. Once at temperature, remove and let rest on counter for 10-15 minutes.* Carve and enjoy over stewed vegetables! (See recipe below.) *Chicken should have a final internal temperature of 165º. Carry over cooking after bird is removed from oven at 160-162º should bring it up to 165º after resting. Stewed Vegetables – Ingredients: 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 4 cloves of Garlic, minced 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced 1/4″ thick 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, sliced 1/4″ thick 1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced 1/4″ thick 2 medium Tomatoes, diced small 3 small Onions, sliced 1/4″ thick 1 medium Eggplant, quartered lengthwise, and sliced 1/4″ thick 1 Hot Pepper of choice, sliced into 1/4″ rounds (Optional) 2 tsp. Turmeric 2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp. Cumin 5 sprigs Thyme Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: In a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, sweat minced Garlic in Olive Oil. Add all Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, and Eggplant, Season with Turmeric, Red Pepper Flakes, Cumin, Salt, and Pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are slightly wilted, about 7-10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium-low and add Thyme. Cover and cook another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If liquid gets low, add a little chicken or vegetable stock, or water. Vegetables should be sitting in juices but not covered. Taste for seasoning and flavor. If all is well, remove from stove and set aside, or leave on very low heat until Chicken is roasted. Plate Chicken with plenty of stewed vegetables and some liquid as sauce!