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Old 06-21-2020, 06:11 PM
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A truly delicious and favorite cold summer soup is vichyssoise, which is a US invention (though it sounds French.) It is a cream soup of leeks and potatoes. Vichyssoise is made by sauteeing without browning some sliced up leeks and onions in butter; adding broth, salt & pepper, a little nutmeg, and cubed peeled potatoes; cooking until the potatoes are done; blending or pureeing to smooth; reheating to boiling; then adding cream, and heating almost to boiling. At this point you can chill it or not, and serve topped with chopped chives. I'm not going to give a full recipe because so many can be found online.

A lot of cream soups include potato as a thickening agent, but of course this is mostly starch - sugar strung together in alpha glucoside linkages. Plenty of people are avoiding carbohydrates to lose weight, and get into better health. I wondered how rutabaga would do as a potato substitute for vichyssoise.

Rutabagas are in the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family. They are giant cousins of turnips. They have thick underground tuber-like stems resembling a root vegetable. Think of kohlrabi with the thick stem underground. They have nowhere near the carbohydrate content of a potato or carrot.

Well, I tried it, and I can tell you rutabaga makes a great substitute for potato in vichyssoise. It has a tiny bit of bitter to it, common to Brassicaceae food plants, but the resultant soup is delicious. I've made it for a number of other people, and they couldn't even tell it wasn't made with potato.
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Awesome!!
I have had vichyssoise hot and it is great. This is a cool low carb option.

I use a lot of cauliflower for the same type of purpose
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C'mon folks...reward yourself with the real thing. This has been such a crappy year so far and enjoyment is deserved. Not like you're eating it every day...or r u?
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hahaha DeaC, you are right but i spoil myself in other areas and cut where it is easier.


I once asked a friend who was putting just red vinegar on a house salad why not use dressing? his answer was, "i still wont like the salad and now i can have a cocktail"

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i will not buy reduced fat cheese, i will not drink light beer and i do NOT cut the fat off of any cut of meat i make (except for a smoked brisket but i just cut a little fat, i leave an obscene amount on)...so i will allow for the occasional cauliflower mash or rutabaga when it does not hurt the dish
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The rutabaga is not a poor substitute. This soup tastes really good.
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