In the kitchen, the leek is always an ally for stir-fries, sautéed and even creams, but rarely the protagonist of its own dish. This recipe is an invitation to (re) discover the versatility of this vegetable, preparing delicious baked leeks with dried fruit . Beyond the culinary potential, the leek is also a valuable food from a healthy diet.
From the same family of onion and garlic, leeks are rich in sulfur compounds that have an anticancer action in the body. In addition, it offers vitamin C and essential minerals, such as iron and calcium. In this recipe, we combine all the benefits of the leek with the vegetable proteins and the fatty acids of the dried fruits, generating a complete and nutritious meal.
Ingredients (for 4 people):
- 4 whole leeks (we choose ones that are big and chubby)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 400 ml of white wine
- 30 gr. butter
- ½ cup of nuts (use the ones you like best)
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Bouquet of thyme or fresh parsley
- Coarse salt, black pepper and Provencal herbs to taste
How to Prepare Baked Leeks with Nuts:
- For starters, we thoroughly clean the leeks to remove any dirt residue or impurities . We separate the white part (which we will use in this recipe) from the green part (which we can save to make stir-fries, broths, soups, among others). Next, we cut each white log into two or three pieces of similar size (about 3 cm long).
- Next, we bring to a medium heat a frying pan or a casserole with the olive oil . When heated, brown the leeks, allowing them to cook for about three to four minutes on each side.
- At the end of the previous step, we add the garlic, butter, balsamic vinegar and herbs.
- When the butter melts completely, we also add the white wine, lower the heat, cover and let the preparation cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
- During cooking, it is important to make sure there is enough liquid in the pan to prevent the ingredients from burning.
- When the leeks are tender, we turn off the heat and let them rest while we toast the nuts in another frying pan without oil.
- Finally, we season the leeks and serve with the dried fruit and a little chopped thyme or parsley on top. Enjoy!
Now, we want to know your opinion… How would you taste these baked leeks with dried fruit? Would you serve them as a starter at a dinner? Or would they be better as a main course with some accompaniment? Dare to prepare this recipe your way and share your creation with us in the comments!