Vichyssoise with new potatoes and shallots

Vichyssoise with new potatoes and shallots
Why shallots : The shallot adds flavour; something which the potato lacks, but it absorbs the flavours of other ingredients such as the shallot well. By adding the shallot to the soup it gives it a fuller flavour, which enables you to use less salt in the recipe.
Category : Meat
Type of dish : Potatoes, Soups, Porc
Number of servings : 4
Cooking time : 30 minutes
Ingredients : 200 g new potatoes
150 g spring onions
75 g fennel
½ clove garlic
3 shallots (75 g)
40 g pancetta
4 fresh bay leaves
2 dl white wine
1 ltr chicken stock
4 dl cream, unsweetened
2 dl crème fraîche  

Preparation : Peel and halve the shallots. Slice diagonally into thin rings. Cut the garlic in half, remove the core and chop. Peel the potatoes and cut into small blocks of 1 cm. Remove the outer layer of the spring onions and cut diagonally into 1cm pieces. Cut the pancetta into small squares. Remove the outer leaves and the core of the fennel and then cut it into 1cm squares.
How to prepare : Reduce the cream, chicken stock, crème fraîche, bay leaves and the garlic to about 5 dl. Put the pancetta, potatoes, shallots, spring onion and the fennel in a pan to cook for a few minutes. Add the white wine. Add all of this to the pre-cooked stock and let it cook for about 4 minutes. Put the soup into a blender and mix until smooth. Then put it through a fine sieve. Serve the soup at room temperature.
Use with : Starter- or in-between dish.
Tips : • Lightly fry the ingredients so that they do not change colour as this will spoil the colour of the finished soup.
• Vichyssoise is a classic French dish, originally a cold soup made from leeks and potatoes.
• Pancetta is made from bacon from the stomach of the pig and originates from the Italian town of Piacenza. The bacon is not smoked but is spiced and is a popular ingredient in many Italian dishes, one of which is spaghetti carbonara. You can replace the pancetta with bacon or lean smoked bacon but this will change the flavour of the dish!