National Vichyssoise Day

National Vichyssoise Day

French cuisine is known for its fancy dishes. They are proud to have a more elegant and robust lifestyle. Vichyssoise is a cold soup that’s very comforting in the summer. Have you ever heard of this soup? It’s possible to learn more about this creamy, cold soup and how you can make it.

It is made from pureed leeks and onions, cream, chicken stock, and potatoes. It is a soup that many historians disagree on. The reign of King Louis XV in France is believed to be the first time the soup was mentioned. According to legend, he liked potato soup but was wary of poisoning his food. Before he served the soup, he made sure that his servants tried it. The King liked the soup cold once it reached him. Another source claims that the soup’s origins are two French cookbooks. One was published in 1869, the other in 1903. However, both served the soup hot.

The source is however more well-known. In 1917, Chef Louis Diat made the soup to cool his customers in the summer heat of New York City. He recalled the hot potato and leek soup that his mother used to make for him when he was working at the New York Ritz hotels. His family also added milk to the soup. Although he initially served the soup in colder seasons, customers kept asking for it.

Anthony Bourdain loved this soup. In his first cookbook Kitchen Confidential he lists it. Here’s how to make it.

First, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large heavy pot. After butter has melted, add 8 sliced leeks to the pot and cook for five minutes. Next, add 2 potatoes and cut them into cubes. Cook for about a minute, stirring occasionally. Next, add 2 cups chicken broth to the pot and bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 35 minutes.

Let the soup cool down for a few minutes once the potatoes and leeks are softened. After the soup has cooled, transfer it to a blender. Blend the soup on high speed. Once the soup is pureed, return it to the saucepan and add 2 cups of heavy cream. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. After five minutes of cooking, transfer the soup to a bowl.

Once the soup has cooled to room temperature, wrap it in plastic wrap. Then place it in the fridge to cool. Use the hashtag #Vichyssoiseday to let your friends and family know what day it is today if you love the soup


Nov 18 2024


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