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Cucumber-Buttermilk Vichyssoise

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 12 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Our version of this French classic adds cucumber and buttermilk to the familiar potato soup. Prepare it in advance, and refrigerate or freeze. It will keep frozen for up to a month, but you'll need to puree it again after it's thawed.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 1/2 cups chopped seeded peeled English cucumber (about 3)
  • 3 cups cubed peeled baking potato (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Thinly sliced cucumber

Nutrition Information

  • calories 100
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 3 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 0.6 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 4.4 g
  • carbohydrate 14.4 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • cholesterol 9 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 331 mg
  • calcium 22 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 8 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add chopped cucumber, potato, and 2 cans broth to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is very tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. Place one-third of potato mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure twice with remaining potato mixture. Cool.

  4. Add remaining 1 can chicken broth, buttermilk, juice, salt, and pepper to cooled potato mixture, stirring well. Cover and chill. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumber.

Cook's Notes

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