At least once a week, sometimes more, I take dinner to my parents. We have a rotation of their favorite dishes but every now and then we try to think of something new. A few weeks ago my dad suggested potato soup but followed it up with the comment that his mother made the best potato soup ever. OK. Was that a challenge? I am not the cook my Grandma was for sure, but I felt like I needed to see what I could come up with. I knew I had an old recipe given to me by a neighbor but I hadn’t made it in years. I dug it out and got started. One of the ingredients that gives this recipe its amazing flavor is the addition of a leek. If you are like me, the first time I made this soup, I wasn’t sure what a leek was. It looks like a giant green onion but has a very different taste. To prepare a leek just chop off both ends and discard. You should have about a 6 inch piece that includes both the green and white parts. It has a lot of layers so wash it very well under running water. Slice it in half length-wise, then slice each half in thirds. Finely chop the 6 slices and add it to your pot. If the layers sort of fall apart just keep chopping. That’s all there is to it.
UPDATE 12/18/2015: I feel like I need to say something about my method for chopping a leek. I have had comments on Pinterest from people saying that this method wastes too much of the leek. One woman even called me out on Twitter. If you want to use the whole leek, by all means do so. Personally, I don’t like the dark green ends so I always cut them off. Who knew that a leek could cause such controversy? Ha!
Both my parents gave it their stamp of approval although my dad did mention he didn’t think his mother’s recipe called for chicken broth. Oh well…can’t win them all. I asked if they wanted it added to the winter rotation and they both said yes. Whew. I try to test all my recipes twice if I can before I post them. The second time I made this I added clams and clam juice to make a New England Clam Chowder. It was really good and got the thumbs up from my husband. Click the graphic below for more Sunday Supper suggestions!