Leeks are members of the Alliaceae family, to which onions and garlic also belong. Leeks 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, with a very slight garlicky flavor as well as a tiny bit of sweetness.
The best way to prepare leeks to add to meals is as follows:
One of the most popular ways to cook with leeks is by using them as an ingredient for soups. Options such as creamy potato and leek soup or clear-broth leek-based soups work great because the leeks' mild oniony flavor adds depth without overpowering other ingredients like herbs and spices used alongside it. Another tasty option is to mix roasted cubed potatoes with sliced leeks to serve either hot, or serve cold to put over salads. And if you're looking for something quick and especially delicious, stir-fry thin strips of leeks until lightly browned, then toss through cooked noodles for an excellent midweek dinner dish (or lunchtime meal) within minutes!
For those who want even more options on how to cook with leeks, there are plenty available online, and the possibilities seem endless when experimenting around different combinations to incorporate these versatile alliums into everyday meals.
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