Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Carrot & Sweet Potato Vichyssoise

Prep Time : 30 minutes     Cooking time : 30 minutes       Chilling time : 2 to 3 hours      Makes 6 servings

3          tablespoons butter  or margarine
2          small leeks  , halved length-wise , , thoroughly washed  and sliced
1/2        teaspoon ground nutmeg
2           medium-size  sweet potatoes , peeled  and cut into 2-inch  chunks
2           medium-size carrots  , peeled  and cut  into 2-inch  chunks
4          cups Rich Chicken Stock  or canned  low-sodium  chicken broth
1-1/2    cups buttermilk
salt  and freshly  ground pepper  to taste (optional)
1          cup heavy cream
2          tablespoons  snipped  chives

1 .    In a medium-size  saucepan , over  moderate  heat , melt butter  . Add leeks  and nutmeg  and saute  , stirring  occasionally  until tender ,  about 5 minutes .
2 .    Add sweet potatoes  , carrots  and stock  and bring  to a boil over  high heat . Reduce  the heat  to low  and simmer  uncovered  until the sweet potatoes  and carrots  are tender  , 15 to 20 minutes . Remove  from  the heat  and cool 10 minutes .
3 .       Working in batches  , puree  the mixture  in a blender   at high  speed  or in a food processor  . Stir  in buttermilk  , salt  and pepper  (optional). If soup seems  too thick . thin  with  a little additional stock or buttermilk .
4 .        Tranfer  to a large  bowl , cover  and refrigerate  2 to 3 hours . When ready to serve  , spoon into serving bowls  . For a fancy  presentation  , paint the surface  with cream , sprinkle  with chives  if desired .

22 comments:

  1. Dear Nee, What a pretty soup! Perfect for the Thanksgiving table. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Hi Catherine , I make this soup for the familt often , Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. This is such a comforting soup, most ideal during this wet season.

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    1. Hi Cheah , it is one of the comfort soups that I keep on the stove when the kids get home from school , thanks for stopping by .

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  3. Hi Nee,
    This looks delicious! Carrots and sweet potatoes, all the sweetness from these two root veggies, yum!

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    1. Hi Joyce , I love root vegetables , so many ways you can prepare them.

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  4. Wow, this looks so good. What a wonderful combination and your presentation is lovely.
    Thank you for you prayers for Kim. She is very touched by the outpouring of prayer and support.
    Blessings, Ginger

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    1. Hi Ginger , It's always nice to come together in prayer , it comforts everyone involved . Thank you for stopping by :)

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  5. Dear Nee,
    Would you cook for me? That is what I would say, your post is wonderful! I love soup like this, especially with the nutmeg. Love the presentation and your little hearts are so pretty! Terrific post...Blessings, Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie , I would love to cook for you , My girls did the white hearts with buttermilk . You don't have to spend a lot of money to eat healthy . Thanks for stopping by :).

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  6. What a beautiful presentation! Root vegetables are a favorite here!

    Thank you, Nee, for your sweet comments on my blog!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Nellie , thank you , more people should eat toot vegetables , they are so healthy .

      Oh Nellie , I love visiting your blog each day , it's a pick-me-up , I thank you for your visits :).

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  7. What a soothing soup, Nee! And so festive too:) I love to combine sweet potatoes with carrots, so healthy. Whoops, you just reminded me, I need to get buttermilk!

    Thanks for sharing, Nee...

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    1. Hi Louise , Root veggies is just great , I got this recipe from our local news paper about 5 or 6 years ago , family love it , go get the buttermilk .
      How is your weather ? I'm sending you and Marion a bunch of (((HUGS))) , thanks for dropping by :).

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    2. I'm getting the buttermilk when I go to the dairy farm on Friday Nee. Not to worry, I wrote it on my list, lol...Weather? It's freezing!!!

      Marion says thanks for the hugs, she's been a bit under the weather the past few days. The doctor says it the gout. Back to drinking Cherry juice, lol...

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    3. Oh Louise , I was a little worried about the weather in the Midwest , glad you are safe .

      Marion is a sweetheart , they tell me Mr. Gout (what we call it here) is one bad boy , give her cranberry juice also , thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. Great food styling on the photo! And such a lovely combo of ingredients. I'll bet this tastes wonderful. Thanks so much!

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  9. Hi John , my girls did the décor with spoons of buttermilk , thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. Lovely soup and wonderful combination of flavors. :) I love the sweetness from the carrot and potato. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Amy , they are delicious are yummy together thanks for stopping by :)

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