large quantity potato leek soup
I would like a reliable and affordable recipe for potato leek soup for 60-80 persond
My response was supposed to be humorous. Thanks Will Owen for your response. They are expensive here, so the OP's request for affordable does not equal leeks to me. And of couurse my ethics are lax, but not so much that I would actually omit leeks from potato leek soup. Come on chefj.
Agree on the asian market.
I was reading a recipe a few years ago that called for "as many leeks as you can afford." That's why I tried to grow leeks a few years ago, but they came out pencil thin.
I used to make potato leek soup in a 32 quart stock pot a little more than 3/4 full, so about 25 quarts or so. This is about 100 cups, good for about 65 12-ounce bowls.
FWIW, heres the recipe...
6 leeks cut in a cross pattern and sliced thin.
1 bottle Bovril chicken broth (or use stock)
butter (or margerine)
pint 35% cooking cream
1 large onion chopped fine
~2TBL thyme (ground, powder form)
Saute leeks in PLENTY of butter, do not brown.
Add water to 3/4 full (in 32qt stock pot), add Bovril, bring to boil.
Chop potatoes, add to pot.
In a separate pan, melt plenty of butter (about 1/2 pound for a roux) and saute onion until soft, do not brown.
Add flour for a thick roux consistency, shut heat (do not brown roux).
When potatoes are done (soft):
ladle out some roux into a mixing bowl, whisk in broth until you get a thick slurry, stir into stock pot. Repeat until you almost get desired consistency in soup. In last roux/soup batch, whisk in thyme, cayenne, and cream.
Stir into soup.
Salt to taste.
bunch of leeks, $5 in autumn...maybe $2 each other times? say $12.
10lb potato $5
pound of butter $5
cooking cream $5
Less than $40 or about 65c per portion, cheaper if you get stuff on sale. Don't know if you consider this affordable or not.