Buttered leeks

Buttered leeks

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(19 ratings)

Ready in 25-35 minutes

Easy

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition:

  • kcal81
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.13g
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Ingredients

  • 1.8kg leek, trimmed
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 50g butter, plus extra for serving
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • thyme leaves for garnish

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.

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hezifesi
9th Oct, 2016
3.8
Simple and lovely, did not use thyme, as my husband doesn´t like it, also didn´t cook it over two days, can´t see any good reason for that
lizleicester
17th Apr, 2016
5.05
These are simple and delicious although I couldn't see the point in making it a 2 day process...
grimcooking
26th Dec, 2015
Excellent recipe. Hardest part is cleaning the leeks but the rest is a breeze. Dried thyme at the start of cooking works just as well.
Miffy and Di
27th Apr, 2014
5.05
Simple and Excellent. Doesn't need the Thyme. Excellent without.
hazelsk89
20th Apr, 2014
Very tasty reipe. Even my partner who doesn't like leeks actually tried them and liked it when he had this
freemanpresson
27th Jan, 2013
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
27th Jan, 2013
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
2nd Nov, 2012
5.05
Simple and gorgeous, added lots of black pepper and left out the thyme. A hit with everyone!
topcat554
14th Feb, 2012
5.05
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
19th Jun, 2011
5.05
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!

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