Here are 3 easy to make leek recipes that are easy to make and showcase how underestimated the humble leek can be. We make an beautiful turkish leek dish from our Brothers mother in law, a baked leek pastry with pesto and Charred leek open topped sandwich with Kimchi mayo
Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 35 mins | Total time 45 mins Makes: 10 Servings | Difficulty: Medium
Leek is such an under-appreciated vegetable. When most people think of leek they think of leek and potato soup or some stringy undercooked green vegetable. However underneath this misunderstanding is one of the most succulent and elegant vegetables. Its really versatile in that it bakes really well, steams wonderfully and chars and fries beautiful to release those caramelised notes. Steaming tends to really highlight how juicy and soft and melt in your mouth a leek can be. Roasting or baking if not too baked tends to showcase a slight crispy or caramelised exterior with a soft buttery sweet interior and frying then to be a lovely blend of both these.
Often in the UK and Ireland we just use the white of the leek and in northern Spain only the green of the leek is used as it is more nutritious. We recommend that you use all of the leek, the white part is softer and more delicate whereas the green leafier part is more fibrous and takes a little longer to break down but beneath that tough exterior lies sweet buttery leek magicness! In terms of digestion the green of the leek is low FODMAP which means its low in fermentable carbohydrate so its easier to digest for anyone struggling with IBS or bloating, in contrast the white part is high FODMAP and like most vegetables in the allium family can irritate people with sensitive digestion.
Leeks tend to be the perfect funnel for catching dirt as they grow so always give them a good wash of often sediment hides in the middle.
In these recipes we cook 3 dishes to showcase the adaptability and elegance of one of our favourite vegetables.