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Leeks

Leeks
Description: 

Leeks are related to garlic and onions but have a much subtler, sweeter and more sophisticated flavour, often used to enrich soups or stews
Season: November-April
Nutritional benefits: Leeks are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as iron and fibre.
Quick  cook's tip: Slice leeks thinly and steam them until soft and serve with vegan marg, salt and pepper.
Cooking Leeks
Inspired by British Leeks
Leeks can be cooked in all sorts of different and delicious ways including:

  • Pan fried - heat a small amount of olive oil and vegan marg in a frying pan, add some sliced leeks and gently cook for about 5-10 minutes until tender
  • Sautéed - for super healthy leeks, sauté with fennel and garnish with fresh lemon juice and thyme
  • Stir fried - heat a little oil over a high heat in a frying pan or wok, add some prepared leeks and stir fry for a few minutes
  • Baked - place some sliced leeks in an oven-proof dish, sprinkle with vegan cheese or cover with white sauce and bake for 30-40 minutes at 190°C
  • Roasted - pour some olive oil into a roasting tray and add leeks, making sure they are coated all over. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and roast in the oven (210°C) for 30 minutes
  • Braised - pour a small amount of vegetable stock into a frying pan, add some prepared, sliced leeks, cover and gently cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Raw - spice up a salad by adding finely chopped leeks and dress generously with vinaigrette

How to chop leeks
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