What is Vichyssoise?
Vichyssoise is a French-creamy style soup made of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock. It is traditionally served cold.
Origin of this holiday:
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This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!
2/3 cup leeks, thinly sliced, white portion only
1 small onion, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2-1/2 cups potatoes, peeled, sliced thinly
2 cups chicken broth
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
Salt, to taste
Snipped fresh chives or parsley for garnish
In a saucepan over medium high heat sauté leeks and onion in butter until tender but not brown. Add potatoes and chicken broth; bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 35 minutes.
It is traditional for this soup to be pureed-
Puree the soup mixture in a food processor; return to the saucepan. Add milk and cream mixing well, add salt if needed. Cover and refrigerate.
This soup can be served hot or cold.
Garnish with chives or parsley.
Fun Facts about
The culinary origins of vichyssoise, namely whether it is a genuinely French dish or an American innovation, is a subject of debate among culinary historians. Credit for the dish usually goes to Louis Diat, the chef at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City for most of the first half of the 20th century.
Vichyssoise can be confused with its warm cousin Potage Parmentier. Its cold serving temperature is used for comedic value in entertainment. For example, in the 1992 movie Batman Returns, Bruce Wayne is surprised at its temperature, saying "It's cold!" to which his butler, Alfred responds that "It's supposed to be cold." Similarly, on an All in the Family episode, Archie Bunker's neighbor brings over a dish of vichyssoise for dinner. Before tasting it, Archie brings a spoon up towards his mouth, blowing on the soup to cool it, and then remarks as he tastes it, "Boy, this soup is cold, and I hardley blew on it at all!" On stage, in the Broadway Musical Nunsense, the convent's cook, Sister Julia Child-of-God, made a breakfast of vichyssoise soup that killed 52 of the nuns with food poisoning. The soup's influence is not limited to the comedic, however, as Chef Anthony Bourdain lists vichyssoise as the catalyst of his lifelong passion for food, telling of a transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary at the age of 9, when he first discovered this "delightfully cool, tasty liquid."documentation_license
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