Coming from Ireland, I had never even heard of Thanksgiving!! I really didn’t get it. Until I lived through my first one. I immediately feel in love with the one non commercial holiday in the western world! It truly is about families & friends getting together to be thankful!
After I got married, and moved to California, where my in-laws live, I started cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I love to cook and I especially love to prepare this meal! Every year all my in-laws in the area come and enjoy our home and our food. It’s hard to pick which recipe is my favorite but I think I will go with my potato and leek soup. It’s not a traditional Thanksgiving food, but it’s my all time favorite soup, plus my kids love it!! Double bonus LOL
1 lb Leeks
2 bay leaves
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 T butter
2 strips bacon, chopped
1/2 cup ( or more lol!!!) white wine
5 cups chicken stock
1-1 1/4 lb white russet potatoes, diced
1 1/2 t salt
3/4 t white pepper
1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream
2 T snipped chives or parsley
Trim the greens portion of the leeks, and using the 2 longest leaves, make a bouquet garni by folding the 2 leaves around the bay leaves, peppercorn and thyme. Tie into a package-shaped bundle with kitchen twine and set aside. (Or you can wrap the bouquet in cheese cloth).
Halve the white part of the leek lengthwise and rinse thoroughly with running cold water. Then slice the leeks thinly crosswise and set aside.
In a large pot over medium heat melt the butter and add the bacon. Cook for 5-6 minutes stirring as needed. Thee bacon should be soft and have rendered most of it’s fat. Add the chopped leeks and cook till wilted, about 5 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil. Add the bouquet garni, chicken stock, potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil again and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes or until potatoes are very soft.
Remove the bouquet garni and puree with soup using a blender, hand held blender or food processor. Stir in the cream and adjust seasoning to your taste. Serve hot and garnish with chives or parsley! It’s delicious with irish soda bread Not that I’m biased or anything lol.