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Leek Recipes!

Postby Girl™ » Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:11 pm UTC

Does anyone have leek recipes to share? I'm making potato-leek soup right now. Sometimes, I saute them with butter and a little lemon juice. I don't know what else to do with them, though. O_o Anyone have anything good?
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:56 pm UTC

This is the only recipe I've ever made that specifically uses leeks, and I wouldn't really call it a "leek recipe". It's really, really good anyway.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby jgcrawfo » Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:19 am UTC

They go well in stir-fry, and leek-cheese (old cheddar or the like) toasted sandwiches are pretty snazoo.
No 'recipes' per se, though.

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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Zak » Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:46 am UTC

Is it bad that i thought "1337" when i saw this?
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Moo » Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:33 am UTC

Loooooove leeks.

Last night I made sausages and mash. I slowly fried some sliced leeks and onions in a bit of oil until they were soft and sweet and had it on the mash and it is sooooooooooo yummy.

Leek & cheese pie. Yum. Leeks, sliced and fried, in a cheese sauce, under some pastry. Possible bacon addition. Hubby loves suet (vegetarian suet ftw) so I usually use suet pastry (the vegetarian suet is also a little healthier than most other pastry).

Once at uni we made awesome leek chicken as an experiment in "what's left to eat in the flat?" cooking. I've never been able to recreate the exact (epic) deliciousness of that first try but it's still quite good. Saute leeks in butter/oil, salt and lots of pepper. Grill a chicken breast, but don't overcook it. Now top the chicken with a mighty pile of leeks, then cover in cheese and grill.

Baby leaks steamed and then tossed with some bacon are a lovely veg side dish.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Zohar » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:15 am UTC

Moo wrote:Baby leaks steamed and then tossed with some bacon are a lovely veg side dish.

I beg to disagree... :-)

Anyway, the short version of the spinach pie was:
About 800 gr. spinach (it was frozen, so I boiled it a bit, then drained it)
3 huge leeks, cut to rings, fried in some butter until see-through
300 gr. of goat cheese (or more, as much as you want), grated.
Some grated (yellow) cheese
Salt, pepper, nutmeg
3-4 eggs

Mix everything together except for the eggs. Taste, fix spices, add eggs, mix vigorously.
Put in oven for about 45 minutes at high temperature (180 deg. C).

I put a crisp dough base which was made beforehand and works beautifully:
3 cups regular flour
200 gr. cold butter, diced
1 tsp. salt
0.5 tsp sugar
Some cold water (3-5 tablespoons)

Use a blender to mix everything but the water. Use short pulses, don't over-blend. You should get a powdery consistency.
Add 3 tbsp cold water, blend in short pulses just until it's you get a grainy texture. Again, it's important not to overblend. If you pinch some of the stuff it should stick together. If not, as some more (one tbsp at a time).
Take the mixture out of the blender, knead (is that the word? I think it is. You know, "work it" :-) ) the dough until you get a consistent blob, don't overwork it.
Wrap in nylon (I put it in a sandwich bag). Cool for 30 minutes at least (in the meantime you can make the above filling).
Take it out, flatten it using a roller on a floured surface. Again, try not to work with it too much. Put in pan, put filling, bake.

This amount (both for filling and dough) fit very well in a large pan, about 20x50 cms, I'm guessing? There might be a bit too much filling. Just eat it or something. :-)
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Moo » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:25 am UTC

(Vegetable side dish, not vegetarian side dish, Silly! You know, it's not all about you, Zohar :wink: :P )
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Zohar » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:39 am UTC

Moo wrote:(Vegetable side dish, not vegetarian side dish, Silly! You know, it's not all about you, Zohar :wink: :P )

I beg to disagree, again. :-P You're all just figments of my imagination, anyway. Addicting figments, but figments, nonetheless.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Azrael » Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:48 pm UTC

Pinot Noir Pork Chops with leeks & cranberries:

(Stolen from some book, I forget which. Proportions are approximate)

  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 leeks, washed and de-sanded etc, sliced down the middle and then into 1/2" thk half-moons
  • 1 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 c Pinot Noir
  • 1 c Chicken stock
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Black pepper

:arrow: Season pork, sear both sides in a stainless skillet with 2 tbs olive oil, cook until ~ half done, remove from pan and tent with foil.
:arrow: Add 2 tbs olive oil to pan, add leeks, cook until tender.
:arrow: Deglaze with Pinot Noir, add chicken stock and cranberries, bring to a bubble.
:arrow: Return pork to pan until done.

Serve with a starch of your choice. Makes enough for 4

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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Moo » Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:12 pm UTC

That sounds YUMMY.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Girl™ » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:34 pm UTC

Oh man, all of these sound tasty. I'm not a big fan of pork chops, but I'd almost consider those. o_o I wouldn't have thought of stir-frying them. Seems like they'd turn out tough without a fairly long cooking process. I must try that leek and spinach pie, too. I don't know if I can find decent goat cheese this time of year. What sort is it, so I can substitute?

Does anyone have tips for slicing and cleaning them? I have a hell of a time getting all the dirt out and all the tough bits off.

Huh, maybe this thread should be merged with Moo's vegetable thread?
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Azrael » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:52 pm UTC

Girl™ wrote:I'm not a big fan of pork chops, but I'd almost consider those. o_o I wouldn't have thought of stir-frying them. Seems like they'd turn out tough without a fairly long cooking process. I
Well, it's not really stir frying, since the heat isn't that high. Plus, the 2nd half of the cooking process is wet what with the wine & stock added.

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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Girl™ » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:18 pm UTC

Er, I kind of threw my thoughts together all willy-nilly there. Sorry! Your recipe sounded perfect; I was referring to this:

jgcrawfo wrote:They go well in stir-fry, and leek-cheese (old cheddar or the like) toasted sandwiches are pretty snazoo.
No 'recipes' per se, though.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby jgcrawfo » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:53 am UTC

I've never had a problem with tough leeks, but I don't use the tops for anything but stock. Don't cook them as long as brown onions or anything, though.

I wish I could post pictures from my cookbook on the cleaning of them, but basically, you cut off most of the green end which you reserve for stock or turn into compost or something. Snip the bottoms off too, then, holding them upright, make two orthogonal incisions at least half ways up the stalk, then swirl them around in a bowl of water.
If I get some leeks this weekend, I'll post pictures. Or maybe I'll just take a picture of the diagrams.

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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:11 am UTC

To clean leeks I halve, slice, and rinse in a colander or bowl full of water. I suppose it's harder if you're preparing them in some way that requires them unsliced.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Zohar » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:16 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:To clean leeks I halve, slice, and rinse in a colander or bowl full of water. I suppose it's harder if you're preparing them in some way that requires them unsliced.


I never rinse them... I just peel off the outer layer, similar to what I do in onions, and the ugly-looking ends.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:37 pm UTC

The first time I used them in a recipe I didn't rinse them, and there was a little bit of grit in the dish. Maybe the ones you get have tighter leaves that don't let as much dirt in, or the seller rinses them, or something.
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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby jgcrawfo » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:06 pm UTC

My experience has been that when I by them from the super-grocer, they are clean save the outermost layer, while the farmer's market gives me leeks with grit throughout.

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Re: Leek Recipes!

Postby Azrael » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:44 pm UTC

I rinse them by cutting the very bottom off, but I leave the greens on because they act like a pretty good funnel.


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