While you may have seen leeks in your local grocery store, chances are you have no idea how to add them to your usual dishes. By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to incorporate leeks in a manner that is as easy as it is delicious.
One of the best ways that you can add leeks to your dishes is by frying them. This is probably the most typical way that leeks are served, because it helps to bring out the great flavor. Sauteed leeks can be served in soups, stews or even alongside other vegetables in stir-fried dishes. In order to saute leeks properly, start by bringing a frying pan to medium heat. Place a small amount of oil in the pan, and heat until it begins to sizzle. Use a sharp knife to cut leeks up into uniform pieces, and carefully put into the frying pan. Stir the leeks continuously for around 10 minutes, or until they begin to brown and appear fork tender. Carefully remove the leeks from the hot oil and add to soups, stews or other dishes of your choice.
Another great, easy way that you can add leeks to your dishes is by serving them raw. Raw leeks will more often than not be served in salads or on a veggie tray. Make sure the leeks are of high quality. Ideally, the leeks should be free from brown spots of other signs of decay, and should be relatively firm to the touch. Use a sharp knife to clean the leeks, making sure there is no dirt or sand reside remaining on them before serving. Add them to your favorite garden or pasta salad, or you can even add them to a veggie tray. Their subtle flavor will have your guests asking about them.
When grilled properly, leeks make a great addition to any dish. Unlike sauteing, in which the leeks must cook in oil or another type of fat, grilling leeks gives them a great flavor while at the same time preventing the addition of excess fat, calories or sodium. Clean the leeks well, and season with your choice of herbs and spices. Heat an outdoor grill (or pan grill) to medium high heat. Skewer the leeks with a skewer that has been soaked in water, and place over the grill. Heat for at least five minutes before flipping the leeks to the other side. Remove the leeks from the skewers, place on a serving tray, and eat immediately. These taste so great, you can be sure that there won't be any leftovers.