Leek tops should be dark green and fresh, not limp or dried out. The bulb ends should have fringes of small crisp-looking roots still attached; avoid split or soft bulbs, or those with large blemishes.
Everyday Food, April 2006
- Prep Time 25 minutes
- Total Time 25 minutes
- Yield Serves 4
- 6 medium leeks (about 2 1/4 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Trim tough, dark greens from leeks; discard. Halve leeks lengthwise, and cut off root ends, leaving as much of bulb intact as possible. Rinse each half under running water, carefully separating layers to loosen dirt.
- Place a steamer basket over a saucepan filled with water; simmer. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
- Place leeks in steamer basket, cover and steam, until very tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to bowl of ice water to cool; drain. Dry on paper towels, cut side down, patting gently.
- In a small bowl, whisk oil, mustards, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Arrange leeks on a platter; spoon vinaigrette over top.
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