Sorrel soup with spot prawns

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Serves: 6


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sliced leeks, dark green leaves removed
  • 1 cup peeled, diced yellow-flesh potato
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 bunches sorrel, enough to make 4 packed cups
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 18 spot prawns or medium tiger shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


Heat butter in a soup pot over medium. Add leeks and potato and sauté for 5 minutes or until slightly softened. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Stir in 3 cups sorrel and simmer for 2 minutes or until the sorrel has wilted. Use a hand blender or a food processor to blend it until smooth. Return pot to heat and add cream and lemon juice.

Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining sorrel for the last minute of cooking. Season to taste. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Place spot prawns in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over prawns and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain immediately. Peel, season with salt and pepper and toss with 1 tablespoon of chives.

Spoon soup into 6 bowls. Top with prawns and sprinkle with the remaining chives.