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Potato Leek Soup With Chanterelles

This potato leek soup is made especially seasonal with a smattering of sautéed chanterelle mushrooms.

potato leek soup with chanterelles

Photo: Eoban Binder/WFIU

This is the perfect time of year to forage for chanterelles. You probably also have lots (and lots!) of potatoes from your garden. Pick up some leeks from a local farmer and make this wonderfully seasonal recipe.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen young cooks throw away perfectly good parts of a leek. You pay as much for the green part as you do for the white part, so you might as well use the whole thing!

You want this soup to have a light green hue to it, so only discard the toughest outer leaves of the leeks. Before you get started, be sure to clean the leeks thoroughly, as dirt and sand can get caught in between the many layers. (Slice off the roots and cut the leek lengthwise. Use warm water to rinse out each layer.)

I’m garnishing this recipe with sautéed chanterelle mushrooms. I’m using rehydrated mushrooms I saved from last year’s foraging adventures, but depending where you live, you can probably find chanterelles popping up in the wild right now. Here are tips for foraging for mushrooms safely.

Potato Leek Soup With Chanterelles

Yield: 4 gallons

Ingredients

  • 18 leeks, rinsed, rough chop (mostly the white part)
  • 1/2 head celery, rough chop
  • 3 onions, rough chop
  • 2 cloves garlic, whole
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon lightly toasted and crushed fennel seeds
  • 15 potatoes, large, Idaho, cut into medium pieces
  • 2 gallons chicken stock, hot
  • Sachet thyme, bay leaf and 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 chef knife’s point mace
  • 2 ounces chanterelles, sautéed
  • 2 ounces leeks, julienned
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives

Cooking Directions

  1. Sweat the mirepoix over low heat until translucent.
  2. Add the wine and reduce by half.
  3. Add the potatoes, chicken stock and sachet.
  4. Simmer over medium heat for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Remove the sachet and puree soup with a large immersion blender.
  6. Strain through a large hole china cap and then a chinois. Adjust the seasoning and chill.
  7. Heat to order and finish with cream. Garnish plates with leeks and chanterelles. Finish with chives.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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