Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and sliced
- 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 3 cups milk
- 5-1/2 cups homemade chicken stock or use canned
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, whole
- 1 cup light cream
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
- 6 slices lean bacon, crisply fried and chopped
Prepare a roux: Melt the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in the flour. Let the flour and butter mixture (roux) bubble for 2 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Thicken the soup with the roux, whisking carefully to avoid lumps. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes and then puree the soup in a food processor or food blender.
Add the cream and gently reheat, but do not boil. Season with the salt and pepper. Serve with additional 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives and the crisply fried bacon as garnishes.
This soup can also be made with the chopped white part of 5 or 6 large leeks instead of onions. Additional garnishes you can use instead of bacon are chopped prawns or a small dice of lobster.
Yield: 8-10 servings
Source: The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors by Jeff Smith (William Morrow & Co)
Reprinted with permission.