Milder than onions and garlic and with a sweeter flavour, leeks are so versatile. Use them in stews or bakes and as perfect partners to potatoes and cheese.
Leek recipes including pasta dishes, bakes, soups and side dishes.
Make these most of this sweet and delicious veggie while it’s in peak season from November through to April. It’s delicious served warm in salads or sautéed in pasta dishes to bring a fresh burst of flavour and its silky smooth texture.
Packed with vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese and vitamin B6, leeks are not only delicious, they’re nutritious too!
Slice finely and add to anything from pies to risottos for an added veggie boost that the kids won’t even notice.
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Leeks add sweetness to soups that you can’t get with any other vegetable. Sauté them gently to make sure they become soft and mellow before adding other vegetables and hot stock. Try them in a traditional recipe like leek and potato soup where they will blend to a silky smooth texture or try them in an Asian-inspired recipe like our chicken noodle soup where they turn into slippery ribbons of deliciousness.
Try leeks in these soup recipes:
Thanks to their soft onion-like flavour, leeks add a delicious kick of flavour quickly at the start of a risotto. Fry slowly to almost caramelise the leeks, getting a delicious sugary flavour out of them, before adding the rice, stock and other ingredients. Remember leeks cook down quickly so what looks like a lot to begin with will actually be a lot smaller in the end.
Try leeks in these risotto recipes:
Cook sliced leeks on a medium heat to sweat them gently, making sure you get an intense flavour to add lots of kick to your tart. If you prefer a more rustic meal, then you can sauté whole baby leeks until they wilt slightly, they will be softer and sweeter than the big ones and look fancier too. Leeks pair perfectly with the usual savoury flavours of cheese, potatoes and smoked fish which are popular tart ingredients.
Try leeks in these tart recipes:
Leeks and cream are the perfect pairing. Their tangy flavour softens when combined with rich cream. Cook them slowly to perfume the cream with flavour and you have the perfect side for all sorts of meats and fish. Perfect simply cooked with pan-fried fish, leeks add lots of flavour fast and are a great way to get a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
Try leeks in this cream leek recipe:
We love using leeks in pasta dishes thanks to their fresh flavour and slight crunch, contrasting perfectly with pasta. If you’re cooking long, thin pasta shapes like spaghetti or tagliatelle you can easily mimic the shape with leeks, cutting them into ribbons – perfect for sneaking veg into the kids’ meal times. To get extra crunch and keep them bright in colour, cook them quickly on a high heat and add to your finished pasta dish while still light green.
Try leeks in these pasta recipes:
Using leeks in a pie gives all the flavour of onions with an added earthiness. Added at the beginning of cooking with the sauce, meat and other veggies, leeks help to flavour the gravy making sure you get a delicious dinner with very little work. The only decision now is whether to top your pie with crunchy filo pastry, buttery shortcrust pastry or smooth mashed potatoes? Tough call.
Try leeks in these pie recipes:
As delicious cold as they are hot, leeks make a delicious fresh and fragrant salad. The trick to keeping leeks bright green with a good crunch for salads is to quick cook them until just tender and then refresh them in cold, or iced water quickly before dressing. Try them with a mustardy dressing to complement their sweet flavour.
Try leeks in these salad recipes:
Adding flavour, colour and crunch, leeks are a quick and easy addition to stir-fries. Slice finely to make sure they are as speedy as possible and flash fry along with your other vegetables, remembering to remove from the heat just before you think they are ready as they will continue to cook. Serve them up on top of rice or noodles, with fish or chicken for a healthy and hearty meal.
Try leeks in these stir fry recipes:
Combined with fluffy mashed potatoes, leeks become smooth and silky and make the perfect side for winter comfort food or to add freshness to typically heavy dishes. Cook sliced leeks in butter to get a creamy consistency before adding to mashed potatoes and serving with whatever meat or fish you fancy. We also like leftover mash with leeks made into little potato cakes and served with poached eggs for an indulgent breakfast.
Try leeks in these potato recipes:
With their sweet and earthy flavour, leeks work perfectly with a rich cheese sauce in this traditional recipe. Fry the leeks slowly in a plan until they are tender and caramelised before topping toast with them, followed with a thick cheesy, mustardy sauce – the perfect TV food or late-night snack.
Try leeks in this rarebit recipe:
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