forty five minutes
Adapted from my buddy Jackie’s recipe. Slurp it straight out of an ice-cool mason jar on a hot day, or procure like and wait on it amuse bouche-vogue in an appetizer spoon with a rose of pastrami-smoked salmon, a sprinkle of beaten dill predicament potato chips, and a smattering of snipped chives. —Chris Hagan
slices correct-fine, thick-decrease bacon, chopped
unsalted butter, ideally cultured/European-vogue
astronomical leeks, white and gentle green parts simplest
garlic cloves, chopped
russett potatoes, peeled and cubed
vegetable or hen broth
1 1/2 cups
whole buttermilk, smartly-shaken
salt and a complete bunch freshly ground gloomy pepper, to taste
freshly snipped chives, dill, or thinly sliced green onions to garnish
- Halve the leeks lengthwise and decrease crosswise into 1/4-shuffle strips. Wash smartly and dry.
- Slowly render bacon in a soup pot or astronomical saucepan over low heat. When fat has rendered, add the butter to the pan. When it stops foaming, add the leeks, garlic, a apt pinch of salt, and a complete bunch unusual-ground gloomy pepper, then duvet and let stew till moderately soft, 15-20 minutes.
- Add the potatoes and traipse to coat them in the fat and aromatics. Add broth and bring to a boil, then duvet, prick heat, and simmer till the potatoes are tender enough that they may per chance per chance well also also be mashed against the facet of the pot alongside with your spoon.
- Catch away the pot from heat. Allow to chilly a minute bit. Puree the soup in batches in a blender or meals processor, or straight away in the pan with an immersion blender. (Including the bacon.) Mix in the buttermilk and heavy cream and emulsify. Let chilly totally, then refrigerate for a whole lot of hours before serving, or in a single day. When ready to wait on, garnish with bacon bits, snipped chives, or varied mashed potato-acceptable toppings, such as smoked salmon and/or beaten dill predicament potato chips. Or just loyal drink it admire a milkshake.