1950's and 60's meals, memories and trivia

Vichissoise (Potato Soup)

on March 5, 2012


Prior to World War II, foreign food consisted of the family favorites brought to America by the immigrants. Post World War II, soldiers and sailors brought home with them a taste for food from far away places. In the 1950’s many of the cookbook sets included at least one book that had a “foreign flair.” Vichyssoise popped up in virtually every one of those cookbooks.

I was given this recipe by a dear friend, (Thanks Donna Gay!) She offered it up when I told her about my book. It is an old, tried and true recipe. She says it’s “the best”! Vichyssoise is typically served cold, but my classy bunch likes it hot with shredded cheese, chopped bacon and a dollop of sour cream. It is more like a liquid baked potato to them. (They would riot in France if they ever read this!) It is creamy, delicious, very economical, appropriate for company, and so simple to make. A green salad and a slice of a French Baguette and you can close your eyes and imagine you are seated outside at a little cafe in Paree. Quel magnifique repas!

Vichyssoise (Potato Soup)

Serves 4-6

2 c. boiling potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 c. onions, coarsely chopped

3 c. chicken stock

1 Tbls. butter

¾ c. milk

½ tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

½ c. cream, light or heavy

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except cream. Cover and cook on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend on high until creamy. Don’t over blend or potatoes will become glue-like. Pour into bowl and add cream. Stir. Let cool and place in refrigerator. Vichyssoise is typically served chilled but it is really good warm as well. Serve seasoned croutons on the side. You may add more milk or cream if you prefer it thinner.

Today’s Trivia: In 1952, we were introduced to the extremely versatile Lipton Onion Soup mix.


7 responses to “Vichissoise (Potato Soup)

  1. Chelsey Smith says:

    I made this three days ago and this morning Damion asked me if I could make it againi tonight!

  2. At first I wasn’t sure what you were talking about. Now I remember and yes, very much so!

  3. Jodi Hodson says:

    This sounds so easy and so good! Thank you! I know my family will love it.

  4. Norm Johnson says:

    This reminds me of Cal.

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