Quick! What can I do with leeks?

(25 Posts)
FelixFelix Wed 19-Mar-14 19:45:18

I've bought some leeks for tea as they were reduced. I've not really used them much before.

What do you usually do with leeks? Any nice but simple recipes I can try? They will be a side dish with chicken and asparagus. Just about to cook tea now!

mirpuppet Wed 19-Mar-14 21:52:36

Delicious -- someone linked to this before -- I've made it twice since.

www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/recipes-view.php?title=cheesy-leeks-a-la-oliver-1

BIWI Fri 21-Mar-14 17:15:11

Slice them on the diagonal. In a large frying pan, melt a large knob of butter (at least 25g) with a slosh of olive oil. When the butter is melted, add the leeks and sauté over a medium heat. Season with salt, black pepper and some dried chilli flakes.

When softened and straying to brown, add a good sloosh (technical term) of double cream. Bring to the boil, cook for a minute or so and then serve.

You could Aldo add grated cheese to this.

Keep an eye on them if frying. Leeks cook quicker than onions and burn easily. smile

Fry gently in butter and then mix with Bousin if you have any.

Lj8893 Fri 21-Mar-14 17:20:28

Just fry them up with a bit of low fat marg and some pepper. Yummy!

BIWI Fri 21-Mar-14 17:27:35

How on earth is low fat marg ever yummy?!

TooMuchRain Fri 21-Mar-14 17:29:52

Bake in the oven with olive oil and thyme, also v good like this wrapped in parma ham

FelixFelix Fri 21-Mar-14 17:31:35

I ended up just cooking in butter and seasoning with salt and black pepper, but loads of great suggestions here. Thank you! Luckily I've bought some more leeks for this week grin

CointreauVersial Fri 21-Mar-14 17:33:43

Like BIWI's recipe but with a lump of cream cheese, Roule, or Boursin stirred in instead of the cream.

BIWI Fri 21-Mar-14 17:38:33

Ooh that sounds good Cointreau

teaandthorazine Fri 21-Mar-14 17:40:45

Low fat marge? Wtaf? People actually eat that shite?

Anyway OP, this is my go-to leek recipe:

Slice thinly and fry gently in BUTTER
Add a splash of water and some bouillon powder
Cook until liquid has thickened up a bit
Add very generous splash of cream
Add crumbled blue cheese (Stilton best imo)
Eat, preferably on your own, out of a bowl grin

Lj8893 Fri 21-Mar-14 17:43:06

Woah!!! Judging on bloody butter/marg/oil choices!!!

And I thought the housewife pillowcase thread was madness. Christ on a bicycle.

Sparrowghost Fri 21-Mar-14 17:47:10

When we have gammon, we normally have some left over. This gets diced/pulled into small pieces, and goes in a pyrex dish with a bit of diced onion, some parboiled cauliflower and broccoli, and a shit ton of softened in butter leeks. Add some cheese sauce, stir to mix, top with mash and stick in the oven til bubbly.. <drool>

I know cauliflower can be used to mimic mash so that could be an option. Its a pretty quick meals (5 mins to prepare (10 if you make your own cheese sauce) and 20mins in the oven) but really really filling

CoteDAzur Fri 21-Mar-14 17:47:35

You can try the Turkish leek dish - Finely cut half an onion in small pieces & let them sizzle in olive oil. After about a minute when onions' color turns, add finely cut tomatoes (2 or 3), a spoonful of rice, 2 carrots, then leeks cut in pieces of about an inch wide. (I add half a sugar cube on top, but you don't have to if it's against your religion wink).

Cover and bring to a boil. Then quickly stir and lower the heat (I set the stove to 4 out of 12), cover and let it cook. It's ready when carrots are soft. Check from time to time and add a bit of water if necessary & stir a few times.

I love it smile

BIWI Fri 21-Mar-14 17:52:17

lj8893 - low fat marg is hideously artificial, so yes, I am judging! And butter tastes so much nicer

Lj8893 Fri 21-Mar-14 17:54:50

I agree it does, but in order to lose ALOT of weight, I'm talking 6 stone, in a year I have programmed myself to only think about low fat alternatives. Its working so far grin but I don't need to be judged for it Thankyou!

BIWI Fri 21-Mar-14 17:57:16

I'm not judging you. Well done for losing the weight. But low fat food, especially margarine, is hideous. THAT is what I'm judging.

And you can lose weight by eating butter. It is a complete fallacy that eating fat makes you fat.

Lj8893 Fri 21-Mar-14 18:00:44

I know that, but once I eat fat I will want to continue eating fat grin and that won't help me lose weight (however fun it may be)

BIWI Fri 21-Mar-14 18:03:53

You obviously haven't discovered the joys of low carbing then! grin

Lj8893 Fri 21-Mar-14 18:08:29

Oh I have! Trust me, I've tried it all!! Different things work for different people.

CoteDAzur Fri 21-Mar-14 19:53:21

I wonder if I should use my powers of invisibility for good or evil grin

FelixFelix Fri 21-Mar-14 21:44:23

Sparrow that sounds delicious shock I only tried gammon for the first time ever a few weeks ago and it was so good. I've been missing out for all these years. Gammon is on my next shopping list now!

Sparrowghost Sat 22-Mar-14 22:12:05

Gammon is a favourite here smile

I find it pretty low effort generally, and like I say, the "Pie" we have the next day is really quick but oh so yummy with even less effort :D

Tweetinat Tue 25-Mar-14 20:15:53

sparrowghost - I made a version of your gammon dish tonight and it was amazing!! I didn't add onions as none in the house and didn't top with mash - just breadcrumbs and more cheese to make a crispy 'lid' - lush! I only stumbled on this through active threads but very glad I did. Thank you smile

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