Violet Potato Soup with leeks and Sour Cream
Purple is not your everyday food color it is hard to think of to many purple foods but the ones I can think of all taste great I mean blueberries (really are purple) and they are awesome, black berries (really are purple) also awesome after that point I start running short of purple foods. That on the other hand doesn’t mean just because there are few they can’t taste great. So try and keep an open mind and see past the color to what the possibilities are.
If you are leery ok don’t try it out on your mother-in-law for a luncheon try it on the family first and see what they think. Potatoes really are guy food so try it on a special guy and heck if he doesn’t come back for more he most likely wasn’t a keeper anyways. One of the things I do as part of my job is look and taste lots of food. And I have tried dishes from all over the world I have seen stranger things that turned out to be wonderful and in fact made my list of to take home with me recipes.
When I saw this I just had to share it with you I know so many of my readers liked many of what at first seemed a bit odd but they turn out wonderfully and really surprise us. One of the benefits to these as a food source and especial to gardeners is these potatoes are very thick skinned so it gives them an advantage in storing so if you want something to go with the winter squashes this may be a crop you might wish to explore it is a more historic crop and not one of the modern high bread verities so it has been around for quite some time.
This unusual looking potato is called a violet potato or vitelotte blue-violet potato. It is not always been true that they were a blue or violet color in the 18oo’s they were available in several colors it is been an evolutionary thing and I suspect a marketing thing that the purple color won out as it made an interesting angle for farmers to sell or they just out right sold better and there for this is what got predominately planted and eventual just became the norm. Now this is somewhat speculation on my part but it is very similar to the history of many crops today don’t even resemble there wild ancestors. Corn is a good example of this it started out as an almost wheat like thing and do to selective planting and pollination has become what we know as corn today.
- 1 pound purple or violet potatoes, washed, peeled and cubed into ½ inch pieces
- 2 large leeks, trimmed and sliced
- 2½ cups broth chicken or vegetable for vegetarian version
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sour cream (omit for vegetarian version)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Remove the dark green end of the leeks, trim just to the point that the color changes to a light green.
- Slice the leeks so they are about a ⅛ inch thick.
- Heat a pan to medium and to this add the olive oil, the leeks and minced garlic and simmer for ten minutes you are not trying to brown them just make them tender.
- Next add the broth, potatoes, thyme, salt and pepper, and allow to simmer for twenty-five minutes.
- When the potatoes are soft and fall apart when a fork is inserted into them, take your hand blender and puree the soup until all ingredients are blend well and you have a smooth soup.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately with crackers.
- Pour the soup into soup bowls with a ladle.
- For the next step you actually want a brand of sour cream that runs a bit watery take a spoon and drizzle sour cream in a broken circular pattern on top of the soup.
- Ready to eat, enjoy.
If you have an event planed that you want to make a strong presentation with your food at this is a great recipe to bring when everyone else is bringing the same old meatloaf (this is a great recipe for potluck suppers) and boring bland looking colors into the room you come with a soup they may need to put sunglasses on for. It is definitely a soup that makes a bold presentational statement and there is no hiding it even in plain sight. The surprise is when the first brave soul tries it and it is like the old TV commercial when the kids find out “Mikey likes it” and all the others join in and you end the night with rave reviews.
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