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What can I do with my leek tops?

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TR888 Tue 12-May-20 07:13:56

Hi, I've had a few delivery of lovely leeks and they all come with very long green bits. They look so fresh I can't bear to discard them. What can I cook with them?

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Nowisthemonthofmaying Tue 12-May-20 07:15:26

Put them in soup? Or chop finely and add to stir fry?

TomNook Tue 12-May-20 07:16:06


ByeByeMissAmericanPie Tue 12-May-20 07:16:18

I’d use them along with other stuff to make a vegetable stock. They’ll probably be quite tough to eat.

TR888 Tue 12-May-20 07:19:32

I'd rather not bin them, thanks. Yesterday I shredded some leek tops and cabbage and cooked them in a bit of butter and they tasted nice, so I don't think they need binning. I might try a leek and potato soup today. The stir fry idea is good too, I hadn't thought about it.

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boatyardblues Tue 12-May-20 07:23:39

I don’t understand the question to be honest, but MN is full of surprises. I’ve always used the whole leek and I don’t know why anyone would throw the green parts away. I use them as I’d use the whites. The green part is especially good in leek & potato soup.

PaulinePetrovaPosey Tue 12-May-20 08:43:47

I always use the whole thing, it all tastes good.

Out of interest - why don't others?

Imtoooldforallthis Tue 12-May-20 09:02:01

Creamed leaks are fab, saute down in butter until tender, add a spoonful of flour cook for a few minutes, add milk to make a, sauce season well with salt pepper and lots of nutmeg.

TR888 Tue 12-May-20 09:33:11

I love the idea of creamed leeks! I've never cooked them like that - I'll try them this week.

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EdwinaMay Tue 12-May-20 09:34:52

I use the whole thing unless green ends are dry or tough.

Imtoooldforallthis Tue 12-May-20 09:40:02

They are so nice, let us know how you get on.

TheSpottedZebra Tue 12-May-20 18:58:28

Agree, I also use all the leek that's not tough. Which usually is 95% of it! Are people really only eating the white of the leeks?

RockingMyFiftiesNot Wed 13-May-20 23:03:39

I also use the non-tough green bit in the same way I use the white. The tougher green leaves I use for stock

BigBairyHollocks Wed 13-May-20 23:06:36

Cooking them down with butter and a swig if sherry,then making the cream sauce is delicious.

Rollerbird Wed 13-May-20 23:07:55

Same. Always use it all 🤷‍♂️

msmith501 Wed 13-May-20 23:09:30

I pop them into Greek Spanakopita and treat them as spring (green) onions.

PickAChew Wed 13-May-20 23:12:46

Just wash them well and cook them with the rest of the leek.

If you don't want the greenness in yiur normal leek dishes , they're nice in a stir fry.

EvolvingElle Wed 13-May-20 23:15:29

Same as pp’s, I’ve always used the whole thing - I didn’t know you weren’t ‘supposed’ to!

We had cauliflower, broccoli and leek cheese bake yesterday, it’s one of the top hits in this house.

Thisismytimetoshine Wed 13-May-20 23:17:12

I use the whole thing, of course you're supposed to. Why do you think half of it is to be thrown away??

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