Make the Most of Lovely Leeks with These Delicious Recipes
If you're wondering what to do with a bunch of leeks, this collection of tempting leek recipes is sure to inspire. Choose from leek quiche, buttery braised leeks, leeks vinaigrette, and more.
The most statuesque onion of them all, leeks are a delicacy. And they are edible from their roots right through their dark green leaves, like a vegetable version of nose-to-tail eating. Because leeks tend to be more expensive than their round onion cousins, they are sometimes passed over despite the fact that they are a zero-waste vegetable, and we're here to encourage you to pick some up next time you see them at the farmers' market or grocery. To help you make the most of these lovely vegetables, we've assembled our best leek recipes here.
The plump white bulb of a leek adds aromatic body to countless dishes. Cooked whole, leeks also make substantial meals, like the Buttery Leeks with Thyme and Parmesan that are pictured here. While they are sometimes discarded, green leek leaves are edible and meltingly tender and sweet when cooked in moist heat. You can eat leek roots, too, if you find them still attached. Once sand-free, they are juicy and crunchy, making for a wonderful topping for eight-minute eggs once deep-fried.
Leeks are accommodating and play well with other ingredients, switching politely from summer fare to winter warmth depending on their partners. Paired with crisp sugar snap peas atop toast, they make vibrant tartines for a warm weather supper. Cooked low and slow with earthy potatoes and good cheese, they are comforting on a cold night.
They do require careful washing, though. To clean leeks of the sand that can hide between layers, slit each leek down the center. Fill a large bowl with water and dunk them in. Check for sand and dislodge it with your fingers before giving them another rinse in clean water.
Snap-Pea and Melted-Leek Tartines
These crunchy toasts topped with caramelized leeks and the spring green of fresh snap peas will gone before you know it—they're that good.
Leek-and-Asparagus Crispy Rice
The mellow and melting quality of leeks works beautifully with crisp fried rice. Spring asparagus and peas add seasonal sweetness against a prickle of lemon zest, and everything is made even better by the addition of an egg.
Leeks Vinaigrette with Hard-Cooked Egg
Leek and Potato Galette
Use good store-bought puff pastry for this simple three-ingredient stunner: It's just crisp pastry, butter, and lots and lots of leeks.
Bacon and Eggs with Savory Sautéed Leeks with Bay Scallops, Leeks, and Tarragon
Turn a classic breakfast into a high-end brunch by adding leeks to your bacon and eggs. This is a one-skillet, three-ingredient, low-carb wonder.
Combining different alliums compounds their individual pleasures. Caramelized onions, leeks, and chives are dramatically layered in a focaccia where flaky salt and fresh rosemary provide backbone for the onions' sweetness.
Matzo-Ball Soup with Leeks
When you're under the weather or need simple soul-therapy, matzo ball soup is the answer. Leeks add soothing sweetness to the brothy backdrop for our largest—lightest—of matzo balls.
Normandy-Style Chicken and Leeks with Crème Fraîche
Asparagus, Leek, and Gruyère Quiche
Nutty, aged Gruyère, leeks, and spring asparagus are stirred into a savory custard of half and half and eggs to fill our favorite pie crust for this addictive quiche.
Leek, Potato, and Morel Gratin
Warm Leeks Vinaigrette
Salt-Baked Arctic Char
In a stunning presentation, a whole Arctic char is wrapped in leek layers before being baked in a salt crust spiked with orange zest and pink peppercorns. The fish is infused with the aromatics, which escape steamily as you crack open the crisp crust.
The inherent sweetness of leeks balances the sour cream and fresh chèvre in a dip made crunchy with almonds. This is the perfect way to tempt everyone to eat their vegetables raw.
Here's a decadent and delicious way to prepare leeks. They're sautéed with butter, cooked in white wine, and finished with heavy cream
Scalloped Potatoes with Leeks
This crowd-pleasing side dish is sweeter and richer when made with leeks.