It can be made vegan, vegetarian, with milk, cream or chicken stock, fat free, thin, thick. Serve chilled or hot. From healthy to richest. Fill up a bowl and eat. Simple. Or it can be a long list of how this soup can be garnish.
A kind of Bubba’s shrimp list in Forrest Gump. Vichyssoise with: roasted almonds, croutons, chicken breast, salmon, smoked salmon, bacon, fresh goat cheese, poached shrimp, seared shrimp, grilled shrimp, dried shrimp, spicy pecans, cheddar, blue cheese, boneless wings, dices of braised brisket, orange zest, candied ginger, caviar, egg yolk, hazelnut oil, scallop, smoked turkey breast, lamb, escargot, etc…
Peel, wash and slice evenly the potato. Cook it in (slightly salty) chicken stock till done. Remove the dark green form the leeks. Cut the leeks length wise, and wash them under running water to remove any soil that can be there. Slice them 1/4 inch thick. Peel and dice the onion as small as possible. Heat a medium size pot with the butter. When the butter is sizzling add the onion. Stir at all time until translucent, then add the leeks. Season. Stir until they are translucent too. This needs to be go fairly quickly to keep the bright green color of the leeks. Pour the cream. Bring to a quick boil and add the hot potato and chicken stock. Check for seasoning. Blend and serve of chilled as quick as possible. This way you’ll keep the color. Want it greener add some raw spinach leaves in the blender. Prep any of the Bubba’s garnishes list before the soup.
You want it vegan, vegetarian, healthy, remove any animal product and follow the cooking part.
This soup is so versatile probably because the chef that “created” it, used is childhood memories. As a boy, Louis Diat grew in a farm in a small town in France near Vichy whom became a chef in a luxury hotel (Ritz Carlton from 1910 to 1951) in New York.Vichy is a city in the center of France known since the Romans for the natural therapeutic water springs. Some of these water springs are for dietetic purposes other use as bath for skin and rheumatism treatments.