- KNOW YOUR VEG
tender little leeks are a member of the garlic and
onion family, they have a wonderfully subtle, sweet
flavour and are an attractive pale green colour. Baby
leeks are ideal for cooking and serving whole. Choose
firm, fresh-looking leeks that have a firm white bulb.
How To Use Baby Leeks
leeks are usually cooked before eating. Leeks go
particularly well with lamb and pork. Serve as an
accompanying vegetable in a cheese or white sauce,
or sauté whole leeks in butter, wrap in ham,
sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese and bake in
the oven for a simple starter.
How To Prepare Baby Leeks
layers between leeks can trap grit or soil so they
should be thoroughly washed before use. If serving
whole leeks, stand the leeks upside down to soak
in a tall jug of water, so that any dirt will float
out. If you are using sliced leeks cut off the root
and any of the green top that looks tough and slice
and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
How To Cook Baby Leeks
leeks can be pan-fried, baked, braised or roasted.
To pan-fry, heat a little olive oil and butter in
a frying pan, add the prepared whole leeks and cook
gently for 10 - 15 minutes or until tender. To bake,
preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5, place
the prepared leeks in an ovenproof dish, cover with
cheese or white sauce and bake for 30 - 40 minutes
or until tender. To braise leeks, pour 3 cm chicken
or vegetable stock into a frying pan, add the leeks,
cover and cook gently for 15 - 20 minutes or until
tender. To roast preheat the oven to 200°C,
gas mark 6. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to a roasting tin
and heat in the oven, add the leeks, season well
and roast for 35 - 45 minutes or until tender.
How To Store Baby Leeks
in the fridge for 4 - 5 days.
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