Danny and Edy's Bacon Pudding Soup

Danny and I were experimenting with this Potato Leek Soup recipe from Nourishing Traditions and came up with a winner!  Happy New Year, everybody!  Here goes…

Danny and Edy’s Bacon Pudding Soup, Serves 8

3 leeks, peeled, cleaned and chopped

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 potatoes, peeled and chopped

6 cups chicken stock

several sprigs thyme, tied together

1 cup piima cream or creme fraiche

sea salt and pepper

3 pieces of cooked bacon

finely chopped chives for garnish

Saute leeks until soft in butter and olive oil.  Add potatoes and stock, bring to a boil and skim.  Add thyme and simmer until all vegetables are soft.  Let cool.  Remove thyme.  Puree soup with bacon pieces and creme fraiche.   Season to taste.  Garnish with chives.