1 tbsp butter
3 leeks – bulb only and sliced into rings
1 onion – sliced
5 potatoes – peeled and thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
When we say classic vichyssoise, what do we really mean. It’s a hard thing to really parse for sure, because no one can really agree where vichyssoise comes from. Some say the United States, and others say France. Like most things associated with American cuisine, it’s probably a little bit of both. Vichyssoise is a soup composed of boiled and pureed onions, leeks, cream, potatoes, and chicken stock. It’s a truly versatile soup because it can be eaten hot or cold and will remain just as delicious, so it makes for great leftovers.
Vichyssoise has a lot of vegetables that give it a high health profile. One of the best veggies inside of a good vichyssoise are leeks. They possess a unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur containing nutrients. They are an allium vegetable and a key component of a healthy diet; they contain many of the same health benefits of other allium veggies like garlic and onions. They are an antioxidant and help protect blood vessels from oxidative damage.
How to make Classic Vichyssoise
Vichyssoise was named after the French town of Vichy.