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5 Wonderful ways with leeks

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1st Jan 2015 Recipes

5 Wonderful ways with leeks

The leek is a Welsh icon. But there's more to this vegetable than the humble leek and potato soup. These recipes make use of the leek's ability to take on other flavours, including coconut, cinnamon and zesty lemon. 

Poached egg in cream of artichoke and leek

poached egg in cream of artichoke and leek
Image via La Belle Assiette

Chef Ben Gusto, the mastermind behind this dish, says he always strives to create elegant tastes which still wouldn't feel out of place in his Grandma's house. This majorly comforting dish gets that to a tee.  

The runny poached egg and creamy sauce really bring out the flavour of the leek.

 

 

Ginger sweet potato dal with coconut leeks

ginger sweet potato dal with coconut leeks
Image via The First Mess

This colourful recipe ticks all the boxes. It's easy, quick, cheap to make, delicious and good for you. 

The leeks in this dish really absorb the taste of the coconut oil, so that their sweet taste really lifts the flavours. 

 

 

Savoury galette with beef, peppers and leeks

savoury galette with beef peppers and leeks
Image via That Other Cooking Blog

This tasty, unusual meal combines a light galette pastry with the savoury flavours of beef and leeks, sweetened by the bell peppers.

You can prepare the puff pastry way in advance, plus it freezes well, making this dish super easy to throw together when you have nothing else in the house. 

 

 

Leek and carrot fritters with mint yoghurt

Leek & Carrot Fritters With Mint Yogurt
Image via Dublin Cookery School

The flavours of the leeks combined with chili, cinnamon, garlic and sugar make for an exciting taste, cooled by the refreshing mint yoghurt. 

You can swap the vegetables suggested out with whatever you have in the house for this versatile side dish. 

 

 

Buttery braised leeks with a crispy panko topping

Buttery Braised Leeks with a Crispy Panko Topping
Image via Food 52

Lemon juice really brings this simple dish to life and highlights the natural brilliance of the leeks. 

The crispy, cheesy topping complements the texture of the leek perfectly. Try is as a starter or a topping for a homemade pizza. 

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