It’s only been in recent years that I’ve become familiar with leeks. I never see them in our local grocery store but I now occasionally buy a leek from the natural food coop to which I belong or at Whole Foods in the city. I think my first use was the Magical Leek Soup recipe from French Women Don’t Get Fat. It’s supposed to be a great way to jump start a more focused way of eating. You basically eat nothing but this soup for a 48 hour period. Leeks are a mild diuretic so you’re likely to see the results on the scale even in this short period of time.
I need to do that again next time David is going to be away for 2 or 3 days but the other night I made a different, more caloric leek soup: Leek, Potato and Corn Chowder. It turned out really well so I’m sharing it with you.
Leek, Potato and Corn Chowder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 leek, carefully washed and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1-2 stalks celery, diced
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1-2 cups water
- salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and Creole seasoning to taste
- 2 cups frozen corn
- Splash of heavy cream
- grated cheddar cheese
- Heat butter and oil in large pot over medium high heat.
- Add leeks, red pepper, celery and potatoes.
- Cook until vegetables begin to soften, stirring to prevent scorching.
- Add chicken broth.
- Mix flour and milk together until smooth and add to simmering soup.
- Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and Creole seasoning.
- Add corn.
- Simmer until vegetables are tender, adding water as necessary if soup is too thick.
- Add splash of heavy cream (optional but nice).
- Serve in large soup bowls and top with grated cheese and parsley.
This made enough for David and I to each have two bowls for dinner with 3 cups left over for lunches.
I served it with Homemade Cheddar Biscuits which were delicious.
This recipe is definitely going on my “keeper” list!
This post is linked up with the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop @ Recipes For Our Daily Bread.