|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 23g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 14g||71%|
|Total Carbohydrate 35g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||13%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
For luncheon ideas, smooth and creamy potato soup is always an excellent option. The soup makes a fabulous first course as well. This version is seasoned with a ham bone or ham hock along with sauteed leeks and butter. Optional croutons and shredded cheese make an attractive and delicious garnish for this soup while adding texture to offset the creaminess.
If the ham bone is meaty, dice the ham finely and use it for garnish. Or, if you prefer a chunkier soup, blend only part of the soup and add any diced ham you might have along with the cream.
Peel the onion and chop it coarsely.
Cut off the root end and all of the dark green tops from the leeks and discard. Slice the white leeks in half. Rinse the leeks under cold water while separating the layers to dislodge any clinging sand. Slice the leeks thinly.
Heat the butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat; add the chopped onion and sliced leeks and saute until softened and golden in color, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2-inch cubes.
To the onions and leeks, add the cubed potatoes, the ham bone, thyme, and chicken stock; bring to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the potatoes are very soft. Remove the ham bone. If the ham bone is meaty, remove the meat and dice to use in the soup or as a garnish, or refrigerate the ham for another dish.
Cool potato and leek mixture slightly and puree in a food processor or put through a sieve. Return to pan and add cream (and ham, if using).
Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes; taste and add salt and pepper, as needed
Serve hot with a garnish of croutons and a sprinkling of shredded cheese, if desired.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.