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Recipe: Braised Leeks

Braised Leeks with a Crispy Breadcrumb Topping

Serves 2; easily multiplied

For the leeks:
2 leeks trimmed, cleaned, and halved lengthwise
1tbs olive oil
1tbs butter
juice of half a lemon
salt & pepper to taste

For the topping:
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (homemade or panko)
1tbs parsley, finely chopped
2tbs grated Parmesan
pinch of salt & pepper

  1. Melt the butter and olive oil over a medium-high flame in a large sauté pan. Once the oil and butter are hot, place the leeks cut side down into the pan. Let the leeks brown in the pan for 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip the leeks over and turn the heat on low. Cover and let the leeks braise for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the leeks are soft all the way through. Take the leeks off the heat and squirt the lemon juice over the braised leeks and add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb topping.
  2. While the leeks braise, combine breadcrumbs with parsley, Parmesan, and salt and pepper. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast this mixture until golden brown. Serve over the leeks. Make sure that you taste the mixture for correct seasonings to ensure that the dish is seasoned all the way through.

source: amber wilson,


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