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Blake House Inn

Asheville, North Carolina

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Country Garlic Potato and Leek Soup

20 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
6 strips high-quality bacon
2 medium leeks, white part only, roughly chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 quart chicken stock
3/4 cup sour cream
Dash cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy stockpot over medium heat, combine garlic and bacon and cook until bacon is crisp and garlic is light brown. Add leeks and cook until soft. Add chicken stock, being sure to scrape brown bits from bottom of pan. Add potatoes; cook until potatoes are very soft, approximately 30 minutes. Let mixture cool slightly and place a small amount at a time into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add sour cream, salt and pepper, and cayenne. Season to taste. Enjoy.

by Chef Andrew M. Loesch

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