1In a Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat, melt the butter (or warm the oil). Cook the leeks with a sprinkle of salt until tender, about 5 minutes.
2Add the potatoes, broth, and 1 teaspoon salt; stir to mix well. Bring to a boil, partially cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
3Depending on how smooth or chunky you like your soup, you can purée it in a blender (very smooth), puree it with an immersion blender (smooth), or use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until slightly chunky.
4Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve in warmed bowls.
Loaded potato skins are a perfect package: crunchy scooped-out spud shells filled with gooey, melted sharp cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and tangy sour cream. A classic bar snack or game day food, these are great any other time too, including for an easy dinner (just add a salad if you feel the need for a little more green than what the chives bring to the table).
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Molecularly Creamy Mashed Potatoes
The traditional way to make creamy mashed potatoes is to add loads of butter and cream. But that can hide the flavor of the potatoes, so in this episode of MDRN KTCHN, host Scott Heimendinger explains how a common ingredient called diastatic malt powder can be used to make incredibly smooth and creamy mashed potatoes on the molecular level. You can check out the full recipe here, and buy diastatic malt powder here. Want to learn more? Come back every Sunday for a new episode of MDRN KTCHN, and check out Modernist Cuisine's new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine at Home!