There’s something about the flavor of leeks – a spring favorite here at Muzzarelli Farms – that makes them delicious.
More than just an onion, they contribute a unique flavor to any dish.
A leek is a vegetable that is part of the onion family. They have a long cylinder shape, with the tender light green and white bottom part being the edible portion. The tough green top is typically uneaten. Leeks are similar to large scallions.
Taste-wise, they have a mild, onion-y flavor that is more nuanced and sophisticated than onions.
How to prepare them?
- Chop off the dark green stems and bottom root.
- Slice the leeks in half length-wise.
- Place each leek half cut-side down on the cutting board, then cut into thin slices, resulting in half-moon shapes. (It’s normal to find dirt in-between each layer of the leeks.)
- Rinse the sliced leeks thoroughly in a colander, then shake dry.
- Heat olive oil or butter in a skillet over medium high heat, then add the leeks.
- Cook the leeks, stirring often until they are soft for 4-5 minutes. (Watch when cooking as they can easily get browned if too hot!)
Once you’re finished cooking, leeks can be added to a variety of dishes, including a creamy leek soup, lentil soup, stuffing and more!
Muzzarelli Farms is open May through November and carries leeks and other onions. Click here to learn more about our farm market.