26 June 2008

Garlic Scape Vichyssoise

The third Wednesday of every month has been designated Potato Ho-Down Wednesday. Two of my fellow potato Ho's Cathy of Noble Pig and Krysta over at Evil Chef Mom say it is so. Every Wednesday we will all be cooking up those scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, fries, curries, poutine......if potato is in the name we will be there!!!

First of all let me share a simple saute recipe for those garlic scapes of a previous post...... read about the garlic scape here .

**Sauteed Garlic Scapes**

Cut scapes into green bean size pieces. Sauté them in butter and a little salt for six to eight minutes, or until tender but still bright green. During the last minute of cooking add a splash of balsamic vinegar to taste. Serve hot. Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next I made a perfect soup for any potato lover...perfect for summer too because it is eaten cold.

POTATOES RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

**Garlic Scape Vichyssoise**

8 garlic scapes, coarsely chopped
1 small onion, sliced
1 T butter
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
½ T salt (omit if using canned stock)
1 cup milk
1 cup cream (divided)
Arugula and chives (chopped finely) White pepper, for serving
Sauté scapes and onion in butter until limp, 5-8 minutes. Add potato, stock, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer rapidly, uncovered, 35 minutes, until potato is very tender.

Fill blender half full (to avoid spillage), blend until very smooth for 3-4 minutes. Repeat until all mixture is blended.

Strain into the saucepan through a wire-mesh strainer, add milk and half the cream, and bring slowly almost to a boil, stirring often and scraping the bottom to avoid burning. Remove from heat and stir in remaining cream. Add salt. Cover and chill thoroughly.

To serve, put some chopped arugula in the bottom of each bowl, ladle on the soup, add a dash of white vinegar, garnish with chives and pepper.
A reader mentioned that she had seen a similar recipe in the New York Times. Quite often when resourcing recipes I print them out and then don't know where they have come from. I apologize to anyone who feels I have copied their recipe. Most often the recipe is changed to suit my needs or tastes but who could improve upon vichyssoise!!!!!
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  1. AnonymousJune 26, 2008

    You are just amazing. This is just beautiful.

    Make sure you send me your info for the roundup if this is will be your final entry.

    It's a beautiful dish.

  2. Talk potato and I'm on it! Can't beat Vichyssoise!! Perfect for summer. No luck with the scapes, I tried today.

  3. Garlic and potatoes what perfect combination. Well, for us, a garlic addict this soup sounds delicious

  4. Great recipe and GREAT photo Valli!

  5. I like the sound of that. A lot. Pity garlic scapes are a little hard to get hold of here. I must try harder!

  6. How do you manage this - a full time demanding job and all this posting. I am at home all day and I cannot keep up with you. I want to plant garlic just for these scapes - to beautiful!!!!

  7. Hi Val, that soup sounds heavenly. And since it is eaten cold I will make sure to try it this summer. Hmm yummy!

  8. Had never heard of scapes till I saw your post and had to look it up! That soup looks great.

  9. Oh ya I could definetly go for a bowl of that right now. So pretty.

  10. Ooo... nice follow up. Well done and boy oh boy does this sound delicious!

  11. Potatoes TOTALLY rule! I cannot live without them!

  12. Seriously, I'm loving Scape Week!

  13. I've heard of garlic scape but never seen it before!

  14. AnonymousJune 27, 2008

    You did the scape proud, Val ;)

  15. That looks like a lovely summer soup!

  16. Are the garlic scapes from the garden? Where did you get them?

  17. Ooo, interesting. Garlic scapes haven't shown up here quite yet, although any moment I would think. You do think of such an amazing array of dishes.

  18. Val, the photo's awesome and Vichyssoise is THE cold soup.

  19. Ooh, first the pesto and now this?!? Wowee, Valli! Lookit you go!

    You really took this ingredient and ran with it. I'm glad you found some (aren't they just wonderful?)!

  20. Gills: Check out my previous post and it tells you all about garlic scapes here:
    Thanks for visiting:D

  21. Gorgeous photo! Great recipe! I'm checking out a farmers market tomarrow for those cute little babbies!!

  22. yum. i'm so excited--i really think i can make this and impress some people. now, if only i knew how to pronounce the name of it... :)

  23. AnonymousJuly 16, 2008

    I keep hearing about garlic scapes but have yet to come across them locally. I'll need to pay more attention and find some to make this!

  24. Hi Val! It's been a minute since Ive come to visit your blog. THis Vichyssoise looks good. I have been seeing scapes all over the blogosphere all summer. I am going to assume we don't have them here in North Carolina. I have not seen or heard of them before. I will have to be more vigilent in my search because I've got to try this!


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