MTT: Creamed Leeks

Leeks slow-braised with cream

 Confession: I have not been to a supermarket since Hux was born. Whilst this is undoubtedly good for the soul it is simultaneously bad for the wallet, as both our villages’s Co-op and Tesco Express are more expensive than the huge supermarket down the road. The farmers market is lovely but it’s so easy to get so carried away with the organicness of it all that I find myself with an excess of kale or purple sprouting broccoli that will never ever get eaten.

Washed and prepped leeks

Since I’ve been doing two or three little shops a week I’ve really noticed some bad shopping habits, and two items I consistently buy each time I shop – aside from Thomas The Tank Engine yoghurts – are double cream and decent butter (you know, the stuff with crunch crystals of sea salt? YUM). I seem to have gone all French on my cooking skills and am channelling somewhat of an artery-clogging Julia Child. But let’s consider our cholesterol when the weather warms up, shall we? This season seems to be the winter of comfort food and I’m ok with that.

Leeks covered in butter

 These Creamed Leeks originated when we took a weekend trip to Cheltenham in April. We had the most amazing Sunday roast which came with a side of creamed leeks with truffles. These were so mouthwateringly delicious I grilled the waitress for a vague recipe that I could replicate at home. Ever since this side dish has been a regular accompaniment to our Roast Chicken dinners and I can’t recommend it enough: it really adds that extra lift to a veg that I normally find a bit boring.

Pan of braised leeks

If you like the sound of this you should check out this creamy cabbage recipe: try it once and you’ll never look at a cabbage in the same way again.

Roast dinner

 

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I use one leek per person but this recipe calls for three as I like a bit of leftovers: I eat them the next day in an epic roast dinner sandwich. If you've never had roast potatoes between two slices of bread you really haven't lived. The drizzle of truffle oil on top is a welcome addition though not necessary as we don't all have gold-lined pockets.
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 leeks
  • 25g good butter
  • 100ml cream
  • Sea salt
  • Slug of truffle oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash and chop your leeks into half centimetre pieces.
  2. Heat a frying pan on a low-med heat and melt your butter. Add your leeks and stir well to coat.
  3. Cook the leeks for a good 20-25 mins: use your judgement here, I like mine slightly caramelised with a bit of colour so tend to turn the heat up for the last five to ten mins. The important thing is to make sure they're lovely and soft.
  4. Add the cream and cook for another four mins, until the cream starts to thicken. Add a good pinch of salt to taste and your drizzle of truffle oil.

 

 

7 Comments
  1. I’m hungry, really hungry right now and this is not helping. Leeks are so good and that looks delicious. I want to get in my computer and eat this.

  2. Thank you so much for the recipe Alice. I just like you had these for the first time in a pub in London a few weeks ago and thought they were amazing. I cooked them with a lamb dinner on Sunday and my guests loved them too. I recommend this highly to anyone who’s thinking about giving them a go. Yum yum!

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