French Fridays with Dorie: Potato-Leek Soup

This starts the third month of French Fridays with Dorie. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s an online group that has set out to cook our way through Dorie Greenspan’s relatively new book, Around My French Table.

I’m really enjoying this cookbook and being part of this cooking community. So far, all of the recipes have been ones I wouldn’t have thought to make anyone, or they were versions of things I already make, but exposed me to a different way of doing it. I’ve eaten lots of good food and learned quite a bit along the way, both from Dorie’s book and from my fellow bloggers from FFwD.

As in November, in the holiday-laden month of December, there are five recipes to be cooked, but I can pick the order that works best for me. I had a beautiful bunch of leeks from our Winter CSA share, so I selected the Potato-Leek Soup.

I’ve been making James Beard’s recipe for potato-leek soup from American Cookery for many years. However, I was willing to try to make Dorie’s French version.

The recipe gives options to tweak this soup in many ways. The choices I made were to substitute leeks for the onion because my bunch of leeks was big enough. I also went with the chicken broth and milk instead of water, though I used 1% instead of whole milk. As for the final texture, I love an excuse to use the food mill, so I pureed it for a very smooth soup.


I loved the velvety texture. I think it would work well as an appetizer soup, though it will also be good for lunch. The soup was an easy recipe, and with the different choices you can make, it can be a different soup the next time. My verdict: Très Bien!

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Posted on 3 December 2010, in French Fridays with Dorie, Winter CSA and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Your soup looks really yummy! I know my son is going to love this recipe when I make it…can’t wait to try it.

  2. frolickingnightowl

    Looks yummy. Can’t wait to try it! I’ve always loved creamy soups and soups with potatoes. Great work!

  3. Hi Betsy, thanks for visiting my blog. I saw your question and thought I’d post the answer here…never sure if folks go back to find answers. :) I use Picassa (which is a free photo editing software) and in Picassa, one of the options is to add text to pictures. It’s so easy, you click anywhere on the photo and just start typing. So fun!!!

  4. I also made this soup and the whole family liked it. Milk and the chicken stock were my choices, too, but I omitted the croutons – did not want to make everybody full, as I served it as an appetizer.
    I love cooking from this book!

  5. I agree with you about this cooking group. I love the tips, seeing what others do so I will avoid their mistakes, and the recipes chosen are often not my choice, but I make them and some I will make over and over…I would have never known how great they are. And you are right, there are different ways of doing things that I find myself making little changes in my own great recipe that make them even better. Enjoyed your post.

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