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    Corn Vichyssoise


    makes 4

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 medium leeks, white and light-green parts only, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
    • 5 ears shucked corn, kernels cut from cobs, cobs reserved
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped peeled potato (about 1 medium)
    • 4 cups good-quality vegetable stock
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives



    1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

    2. Add corn kernels, reserved cobs, potato, and stock. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Increase heat to high and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid slightly ajar, and cook until the vegetables are very soft, about 35 minutes.

    3. Discard corn cobs; let soup cool slightly.

    4. Working in batches, purée soup in a blender until very smooth.

    5. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl; strain, discarding solids.

    6. Chill soup until cold. If too thick, thin with water by 1/4-cupfuls.

    7. Stir in lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.

    8. Spoon a dollop of crème fraîche atop each serving and sprinkle with chives.


    Originally publsihed on Bon Appetit.