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Cooking with Leeks: 4 recipes

Although it may just look like a big onion, the leek has a distinctive and unique flavour characterised by its softness. When cooking it, the most used parts of the leek are the white and green parts, so it is good to choose clean leeks with no cracks in bulbs. You need to choose leeks with bright green leaves, which is a sign that they are fresh. They can stay fresh for one or two weeks if stored in the refrigerator.

How do I clean them?

To remove the soil off these vegetables, cut the roots and the dark side of the leaves, keeping a hold of the white and light green parts, which is what you use. Cut the white/green part in half and wash by sides: Use your fingers to open the leaves to remove soil, or you can slice the leeks, soak them in water and leave to sit for 5 minutes. The leek will remain floating while soil sinks. Later, shake the water off well by hand.

1. Mashed potatoes with leeks


  • 4 Yellow potatoes
  • 2 cups of clean leeks
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup of skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of horseradish
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks. Place in a saucepan with enough water to cover, boil and cook until tender.
  2. Heat butter in a pan over low heat, add the leek and cook, ensuring that it is golden brown.
  3. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pan, add the milk and radish, then incorporate them all by mashing together. Finally, add the leeks and season to taste.

2. Leek Risotto


  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 4 ½ cups of clean leeks
  • 1 cup of rice for risotto
  • ½ cup of dry white wine
  • chicken stock
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan


  1. Heat oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms, stirring for 5 minutes until golden brown. Place in a separate dish.
  2. Add the cups of leeks, cooking until tender for about 7 minutes. Add the rice and white wine. Simmer to reduce by half.
  3. Add ½ cup of warm chicken stock and simmer to reduce, repeat the procedure with stock, ½ cup at a time until the rice is cooked al dente.
  4. Add the mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste and serve.

3. Leeks with Lemon


  • ¾ cups of chicken stock
  • 4 leeks
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter


  1. Cut leeks in half and clean them. Heat oil and butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add leeks turning once to brown a little.
  2. Add ¾ cup of chicken stock and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme. Uncover and cook until glaze is reduced by about 3 minutes. Add the lemon peel on top.
  3. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

4. Leeks au Gratin


  • 4 ½ cups of clean leeks
  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of low-fat cream
  • ¾ cup wholewheat bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic


  1. Cook bacon until well browned, let it drain on a napkin and then cut into small cubes. Reserve.
  2. Clean the grease from the pan and add olive oil and heat over a low heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring until tender for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the cream and simmer.
  4. Place ingredients in a baking dish, combine the bread, cheese and garlic and sprinkle it over, cook under the grill for 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the bacon over the dish at the end and serve.

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4 Reviews about Cooking with Leeks: 4 recipes
on 21/03/2016
I have to say, although leeks are really tasty, I never really use them as the main ingredient in my cooking. They seem better suited in a mixture of other ingredients, like risotto or the delicious leeks au gratin recipe which is suggested in this article. Although you argue otherwise, they are pretty much just a big onion and grow in exactly the same way.
on 14/01/2015
I'm really glad you wrote this article, because leeks are definitely one of those vegetables that, while it is so great adn tasty and nutritious, it is so often overlooked in cooking. I myself have never cooked with leeks at home, primarily because I just didn't know how to prepare them. I'll give these recipes a try thoug!
on 28/08/2013
The leeks is perfect for certain recipes especially because of the taste, very especial, I think that the last recipe, Leeks au gratin sound amazing, well all the recipes that are au gratin are perfect as I love the cheese, and those recipes alway end in a good way
on 24/08/2013
My favorite recipe with leek is the classic soup made mainly with this ingredient and sometimes other like potatoes, it is very delicious and healthy by the way, but these new recipes seem even more delicious, the last one seems amazing since I am a huge lover of the cheese and the food au gratin style.

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