Baby leek

Baby leek Kulnura, NSW

Baby leek

Well, not exactly baby.  They’re thinner than usual, but their long white stalk gives you a lot of useable leek.  They’re thin so you can cook them in whole pieces rather than sliced.

How to cook them:

Cut the leek in 10-12cm lengths and wrap them in ham or prosciutto. Put them in a shallow oven-proof dish, and cook them in a mixture of chicken stock, white wine and garlic. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the top and cook them in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for about 30-40 minutes.  Test with a fork: it has to pierce the leek all the way with ease.

Recipes to try out

Steamed Leek with Chopped Egg

Raw Leek Salad

Caramelized Leek & Sweet Potato Risotto

Steamed Leek with chopped egg
Recipe type: Steamed
Serves: 4
  • LEEK
  • 3 to 4 baby leeks, trimmed & cleaned
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs good mustard
  • 1 tbs mayonnaise
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbs capers
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, mashed with a fork
  1. LEEK
  2. In a large saucepan put in water and bring to boil. Thenplace leeks in steamer, cover and steam for about 10 minutes. With tongs, lift from steamer and arrange on platter.
  3. While leeks steam, in a bowl place ingredients and whisk the dressing ingredients. Put the dressing in a squeeze bottle to drizzle across the leeks. Drizzle dressing across leeks, then sprinkle with capers and chopped egg.

Raw Leek Salad

Raw Leek Salad
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 juice of a lemon
  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced thinly crosswise
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, thin slices using a potato peeler
  • ½ cup chopped parsley or cilantro leaves for garnish or shred some lettuce.
  1. In a bowl whisk together lemon and oil with a healthy pinch of salt and several grindings of pepper. Toss with leeks.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half horizontally and chop. Combine all ingredients, and taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish, and serve.

Caramelized Leek & Sweet Potato Risotto
Caramelized Baby Leek & Sweet Potato Risotto
Recipe type: Rice
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed and steamed
  • 2 - 3 leeks
  • salt and pepper
  • ¾ cup arborio rice
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • ~3-4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup grated Romano (Parmesan can be substituted)
  • 1 tbs freshly minced chives
  1. Cube sweet potato and steam until just cooked.
  2. Cut baby leeks in half lengthwise then into slices. Clean thoroughly. In a heavy bottomed pot melt butter over medium heat, add leeks and stir to coat. Stir and brown evenly then sprinkle with seasoning (salt and pepper) then add rice.
  3. Stir and cook a further 3 minutes.
  4. Then add wine stirring until about two thirds of the wine has evaporated.
  5. Add chicken stock and simmer. Continue adding stock until rice is al dente. Turn off heat and stir in sweet potato, cheese and chives. Taste for correct seasoning.