• Soup on Sunday: Buttermilk Fennel Vichyssoise

    by  • 30 Jun ’13 • profile • 7 Comments

    ColdSoupDespite the fact that I am drinking a hot Starbucks coffee, I can’t bring myself to think about soup (even if it is Sunday and happens to be my favorite food). Yesterday the temperature in Houston was 104 and felt like 113. And as crazy as it may sound, I am loving the hot weather. Either I am suffering from having lived in a cold damp climate for too long or I am delusional from the heatwave. Either way, a bowl of steaming soup is still out of the question.

    This morning, inspired by a carton of buttermilk, I went in search of a cold soup recipe.  This version of vichyssoise fit the bill: cold, simple yet complex and easy. Garnishes with chives or smoked salmon for a perfectly pretty and tasty meal.

    3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 leek, white and light-green parts only, cleaned, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
    2 white potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
    3 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup chopped fennel bulb plus one handful of fronds, chopped
    2 cups buttermilk
    Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper
    1/2 cup sour cream
    Smoked salmon for garnish (optional)

    Melt butter in a stockpot over medium-low heat. Add leek, season with salt, and cook, covered, until tender, about 15 minutes.

    Add potatoes and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in fennel (bulb and fronds) and cook for about 5-7 more minutes.

    Working in batches, purée soup in a blender until smooth. Transfer puréed soup to a large bowl.

    Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Stir in sour cream and buttermilk just before serving. Adjust seasoning as needed. If necessary, thin the soup with a bit more chicken stock to achieve desired consistency. Refridgerate until cold. Garnish with smoked salmon.

    Serves 4

    Photo by James Ransom

    7 Responses to Soup on Sunday: Buttermilk Fennel Vichyssoise

    1. 30 Jun ’13 at 6:32 pm

      You have some of the yummiest soup recipes I have ever made. I can’t wait to make this one.

      • allthebest
        30 Jun ’13 at 9:21 pm

        Thanks Jenny!!!! Enjoy! xo

    2. Patty
      1 Jul ’13 at 6:36 pm

      It is going to be 97 today here…Dental surgery tomorrow – Making a lot of this! Thank You!

      • allthebest
        1 Jul ’13 at 7:14 pm

        Yikes, good luck with the dental surgery Patty!

    3. 11 Jul ’13 at 2:36 am

      this looks so good and man its hot in Houston :-)

    4. 17 Jul ’13 at 7:59 pm

      I’m a soup lover too and have been craving it all summer long, but yeah it’s too hot! Your recipe looks delicious and I will be sure to give it a try. I’ve been making a nice black bean soup, then puree-ing it and chilling it. It actually turns out pretty good and I’ve been enjoying it since the weather has gotten so hot.

    5. Bill G
      19 Jul ’13 at 1:26 pm

      In a few years we’ll be seeing 120 degrees since nobody wants to address global warming. Such a downer! Oh we’ll, maybe we’ll learn to love 120F, too!

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