Buttered leeks

Buttered leeks

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Cooking time

Ready in 25-35 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

A Scottish favourite, this is one of the best ways to cook leeks – slowly and gently in their own juice

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
81
protein
3g
carbs
5g
fat
6g
saturates
3g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
0.13g

Ingredients

  • 1.8kg leeks, trimmed
  • 50g butter, plus extra for serving
  • thyme leaves for garnish

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Method

  1. The day before you want to serve this dish, cut the leeks from top to root and wash thoroughly under cold running water. Thinly slice them on the diagonal and put into plastic bags and chill until ready to cook.
  2. To serve, put a large pan over a medium heat, add the butter and let it melt over the base of the pan. Add the leeks and plenty of seasoning and stir to coat in the butter. Turn the heat down to low, cover the pan and cook the leeks gently for about 15 minutes, stirring half way through until they are tender. Serve with extra butter and a sprinkling of thyme leaves.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2004

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Miffy and Di's picture
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Simple and Excellent. Doesn't need the Thyme. Excellent without.

hazelsk89's picture

Very tasty reipe. Even my partner who doesn't like leeks actually tried them and liked it when he had this

freemanpresson's picture

I also considered celery, and I will probably try that at another time. I wanted it to be traditional, since I was taking it to a Burns Night potluck. I used white pepper and a modest amount of thyme. It was great!

freemanpresson's picture

I also considered celery, and I will probably try that at another time. I wanted it to be traditional, since I was taking it to a Burns Night potluck. I used white pepper and a modest amount of thyme. It was great!

carolineg's picture
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Simple and gorgeous, added lots of black pepper and left out the thyme. A hit with everyone!

topcat554's picture
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A delicious way to serve leeks. I grow my own and am always looking for ways to serve them. Who would have thought one of the lovliest would also be the most simple.

eeppee's picture
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This is the first time I've had leeks cooked this way and they were beautiful! Whats more my other half and 21 month old enjoyed them too! Will be doing this one a lot more!

lilmiss_annie's picture
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I made this and served it with a breast of chicken and a potato salad.. It was SO good ...

kimkap's picture
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This side dish was so simple to do and went really well with smoked gammon. Will definitely be doing this again.

donaldsonfranks's picture
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love leeks will certainly try

madambuttrfli's picture
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Extremely easy to make and taste delicious.

benadam's picture
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This was very simple and delicious. My husband told me he didn't like leeks but he will eat them now.

julianaiwg's picture
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I am always looking for something to do with the green parts of leeks, which many recipes say to cut off and discard, so I tried this.

I made a much smaller batch, and added 1 teaspoon of "fond de vollaile" (chicken soup flavoring) for 400 grams of leeks, and it was fantastic! Has been added to the general rotation. Yum!

Munk's picture
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I added chopped celery as well at the same time as the leeks. It was good, assuming of course that you like celery and leeks!

aberlorraine's picture
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truely a simple yet tasty way to serve a seasonal veg

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