Baked Potato and Leek Soup

Baked Potato and Leek Soup

Baked Potato and Leek Soup
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Baked Potato and Leek Soup
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wrap potatoes in foil and bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Cut the bacon into thin strips and cook on medium heat in a large skillet until crisp. Remove and drain fat from bacon. Set aside.
  4. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat butter and chopped leaks over medium heat for about 5 minutes until leeks have softened.
  5. Add the flour to the leeks and butter. Stir well to combine. Cook until the butter, leeks and flour are well incorporated for about 1 minute.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth, milk and beer - whisking well. Cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened, stirring frequently for about 15 minutes. Add chopped chives, basil, oregano and thyme.
  7. Scoop out the baked potato from the skins and add to the pot. You can mash with a potato masher to achieve the desired chunkiness.
  8. Add half of your cooked bacon to the pot (reserve some bacon for garnish) and stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream and cheddar cheese until melted.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (if your soup is too thick, add additional milk)
  10. Serve immediately and top with bacon, chives and a dollop of sour cream.
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German Cucumber Salad

German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)

With Oktoberfest approaching at the end of this month, you may start to see more German recipes from me. This one is very simple and delicious – marinate it overnight to infuse more flavor into the cucumbers! Peeling of the cucumbers is of course, optional. I do prefer to use hungarian paprika over traditional as it adds a little extra zing. If you’d like to use regular paprika, just double the measurement below.

Recipe by: Mirinda @ Boistfort Valley Farm

German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
8 hours
German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Spread cucumbers on a plate and season with salt and let rest for 25 minutes. With a paper towel, press the cucumbers to soak up excess moisture.
  2. Stir sour cream, vinegar, dill, and green onions and paprika together in a large bowl.
  3. Cover and allow to sit overnight in your refrigerator. (at least 8 hours)
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Swiss Chard & Kholrabi Fritter

Curry kholrabi and chard fritters w/ cilantro cream sauce

What the heck is a kholrabi? If this odd little veggie is new to you, it tastes a lot like a cross between a broccoli stem and a radish.  It can be eaten raw, steamed or cooked and its quite delicious despite it’s odd alien-like shape. Before eating, it’s important to peel it thoroughly. Beneath it’s thick, hard skin is yet another fibrous layer, which should be peeled away as well. The recipe below is great fried but can also be baked in the oven (400 degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden brown) for a healthier alternative.

Recipe by: Mirinda @ Boistfort Valley Farm
Kholrabi and chard fritters
Servings Prep Time
12 fritters 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 fritters 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Kholrabi and chard fritters
Servings Prep Time
12 fritters 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 fritters 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Fritters
Cilantro Sauce
Servings: fritters
Instructions
  1. Remove leaves from the kohlrabi and peel the bulb. Peel your potatoes and carrots. Grate the vegetables in a food processor or by hand using a grater. Squeeze the shredded vegetables in a tea cloth (or with your hands) to remove moisture. Finely mince your onion and add to mixture.
  2. In a separate bowl, add the eggs be beat until frothy. Add to your grated mixture along with your flour, curry, salt and chopped chard or kale.
  3. Place 3/4 cup oil in a large skillet (or enough to have 1/4 inch depth). Heat the oil over medium high heat and place small hand pressed patties of the fritter mixture into the hot oil. Fry on one side until browned, then fry on the other side. Remove and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir sour cream with finely minced cilantro, salt and cayenne pepper. Squeeze 1/2 lime into the mix and serve with your fritters. Top with sliced radishes and green onions.
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