Oyster Soup With Sautéed Leeks Recipe

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Oyster Soup with Sautéed Leeks

Vickie Parks

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@Northwestgal

I love oysters and especially oyster stew, and this one is so much more flavorful than some of the basic oyster stew recipes I've tried.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

FOR THE LEEKS:

2 large
leeks (white and green parts only), trimmed
vegetable oil, for frying

FOR THE SOUP:

1 1/2 c
shucked small oysters (like prince edward island or kumamoto oysters), reserving about 1 1/2 cups of their liquid
** bottled clam juice, if needed, to bring oyster liquid to 1 1/2 cups
2 medium
leeks (white and green parts only), trimmed
2 large
yukon gold or russet potatoes
1 tsp
salt
3 Tbsp
unsalted butter
3 1/2 c
water
1 c
half-and-half
salt and pepper, to taste
1 pinch
nutmeg

Directions Step-By-Step

1
FOR THE LEEKS: Cut leeks crosswise into 2-inch lengths, then cut lengthwise into enough thing strips to measure 2 cups. Wash leek strips in a bowl of cold water, then lift out and pat dry.
2
Heat oil in a deep 4-quart sauce until it registers 360°F. Fry leeks in several batches, stirring, until golden, about 10 seconds per batch. Transfer sautéed leeks with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Cool completely (leeks will crips as they cool.)
3
FOR THE SOUP: Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Cook leeks, potatoes, and salt in butter in a 4-quart heavy saucepan, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, until leeks are golden and potatoes are beginning to soften, about 15 minutes. Add water, cover saucepan, and simmer over moderate heat until potatoes are very tender, about 10 minutes.
4
Puree soup in batches in a blender until very smooth.
5
Once pureed, return pureed mixture to saucepan. Add oyster liquid and half-and-half, and bring to a simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally (do not boil). Add oysters, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally about 3 minutes or until oysters become plump and their edges curl.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish Soups, Cream Soups
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Canadian