• 3 large leeks, white parts only, washed well and sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Chives for garnish

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat, then stir in the leeks and saute at a very low temperature, stirring occasionally, until golden. Add the stock, potatoes, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Puree in blender until soup is a very fine texture. Return to the saucepan, add the milk and pepper, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, stir in the cream and adjust for seasoning (Remember that cold soups should be slightly overseasoned). Chill overnight. To serve, ladle into chilled bowls and sprinkle with chopped chives.

Makes 4 servings.

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