You’ve seen them in the grocery store, but have you ever taken a leek home? If not, you’re missing out. They’re related to the more popular onions and garlic, but should have their own place in your produce arsenal.
Despite their lack of popularity in the United States, leeks are used in abundance around the world, and have been for centuries. The great philosopher Aristotle was a fan, and you should be too. They’re rich in carbohydrates and a good source of vitamin K, manganese, and more.
Still unsure of what to do with them? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up some of the best recipes around to help get you started!
Creamy mushroom and leek chicken breasts
This recipe from FoodieCrush will make everyone in your family a leek-lover. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare, so it would be a great weeknight meal. It pairs leeks and mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce, poured over chicken breasts. This would go nicely with some rice pilaf.
Black eyed peas and leeks
We like simple recipes, as they let the ingredients speak for themselves. This dish from 101 Cookbooks would be a good side dish or even a main dish for a vegetarian household. It has just a handful of ingredients, but with leeks and dried herbs, it doesn’t lack for flavor.
Creamy leek and yogurt soup
This light soup with bright flavors would be a great meal on a cool, spring night. It combines leeks, garlic, white wine, and yogurt to create a dish that’s simple and satisfying. Pair it with crusty bread and a salad for a hearty meal.
Creamed vegetables are an indulgent way to get your micronutrients, and this dish from I’d Rather Be a Chef is no different. It’s simple, using cream, butter, salt, and leeks, and would be great served with a beef main dish.
Pan seared salmon with creamy leeks
Salmon for dinner is always a treat, but this dish from 80 Breakfasts will make your salmon even more delectable! The zesty flavors of leeks, dill, and lemon juice pair spectacularly well with this healthy fat source fish.
Lemony kale, leek, and white bean soup
Vegetable soups are a winner every time, and they don’t get much tastier than this one with white beans and leeks. It’s hearty, but not too heavy, and certain to warm the bellies at your table.
Chicken leek shepherd’s pie
When winter hits, shepherd’s pie is one way to warm up and stay satisfied. This particular pie is served up with leeks, chicken breasts, corn, and herbs. It’s a hearty meal that’s easy enough for a weeknight.
Caramelized grilled leeks
Grilling your vegetables seems to bring out their best, and this dish from EatPlant-Based is no exception. It’s a simple recipe that could easily be paired with other grilled veggies or even grilled fish.
Leek, potato, and zucchini hot cakes
These little cakes are a great snack or an excellent side dish. They’re easy to put together and are delicious to boot. No Desserts suggests dipping them in a sour cream and dill mixture, if you’re snacking.