Leeks poached with butter
Sunday 18 October 2009
I have made this lovely, sweet vegetable dish in the autumn for almost as long as I can remember. It originally comes from a book by Marcella Hazan – a truly wonderful Italian cookery writer. These leeks are perhaps the most delicious thing in the whole world when accompanied by a simply roasted chicken – but they are also very good with pork or slow-cooked lamb. Use leeks that are small and firm for their size.
6 small young leeks
1 bunch of thyme
50g/2oz unsalted butter
100g,31/2oz grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Leeks need to be well cleaned as they tend to hold a lot of dirt right down to their root. Using a sharp knife, slice most of the green leaves off the top of the leeks, slice into quarters lengthwise and wash well under running water.
Place the washed leeks into a pan along with the butter and add just enough water to cover. Add the branches of thyme and a pinch of salt. Place over a medium heat, cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
Now remove the lid, turn up the heat slightly and cook without stirring until most of the water has evaporated. Then scatter over the Parmesan cheese and serve seasoned well with salt and pepper.
Life & Style blogs
What is Lyme disease, what are the symptoms and is treatment readily available?
iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6S) leaked pictures show similarities to older model — but Apple is fixing the biggest issue of all
The face of fertility: why do men find women who are near ovulation more attractive?
'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
Google has set its terrifying, dreaming image robots on the public
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 2 iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6S) leaked pictures show similarities to older model — but Apple is fixing the biggest issue of all
- 3 Russell Brand condemns moment of silence for Tunisia attack victims as 'minute of bulls**t'
- 4 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 5 Alwaleed bin Talal: Saudi Prince to donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
iJobs Food & Drink
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...
£22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...
£39,000: ICE ICT: Specific and detailed knowledge and experience of travel sys...