Mine still hurts. I bet I broke it back in December. And now it's healed crappily and I'm forever screwed with a bum wrist. And then I'll have to get surgery and a 14 month recovery time only at the end of which I'll find out that the bones didn't heal properly and I either have to have surgery again or I'm just screwed even more. It hurts just typing this stupid blog post. You better freaking make my lettuce soup.
adapted from Sunset Magazine, serves about 6 - 8
2 tablespoons butter
1 large or 2 smaller leeks, white and light green parts sliced lengthwise and then crosswise and washed well
1 large head of romaine, red leaf, or other lettuce (I don't think iceberg would be that great in this...) washed well
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
4 cups chicken broth
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat and add leeks, the lower 1/4 or 1/3 of the head of lettuce - the thicker stems, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Cook for about 5 minutes. Please, please make sure your lettuce and leeks are well-washed. Gritty soup sucks (I washed mine real well I thought and still had a couple lightly gritty spoonfuls).
2. Pour in the stock and add in the rest of the lettuce leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes. Time doesn't totally matter as the lettuce will wilt real quick. If you're in a hurry just a few minutes will do but if you're not and you let the thing simmer for 30 minutes, it'll be fine and perhaps better.
3. Using a blender or immersion blender, purée until very smooth. Add in pepper and some salt if your broth isn't very salty.
Serve with more nutmeg on top. Additional lemon zest would be awesome too if you can find some overlooked patches on your lemon.
This was originally posted at my blog, the crankin' kitchen!