Halibut, Sweet Potato, and Leek Soup

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Coastal Living


1 1/2 pounds halibut fillets
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 1/2 cups sliced leeks
4 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
4 cups fish, chicken, or vegetable broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 cup whipping cream
Salt and white pepper, to taste
Garnish: sour cream


Sauté halibut in 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Let cool slightly; break fish into bite-size chunks. Set aside.

Sauté leeks in a Dutch oven in remaining 1 tablespoon butter 5 minutes or until leeks are soft. Add sweet potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Puree soup in a blender or food processor until smooth, and return to Dutch oven. Stir in basil, whipping cream, and halibut. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until hot. Season with salt and white pepper, and ladle soup into individual serving bowls. Garnish, if desired.

Kris Wetherbee,

Coastal Living

January 2006
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