Leek recipes to make the most of this versatile vegetable, including leek and potato soup, creamy leek and goats’ cheese tart and easy fennel and leek gratin.
Leeks are an allium, alongside onions and garlic, so they work well in soups and pies for their distinctive but gentle onion flavour, as well as in their own right as a side roasted with Parmesan cheese or at the centre of a picnic loaf. They are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, which help to stave off winter colds and flu.
Try gruyere, bacon and leek tart or cheesy leek puff tart as a laidback starter, lunch or picnic food, or take it up a notch with dinner main course ideas including baked wild halibut en papillote with leeks and carrots or salmon with prawns, leeks and spinach in a white wine butter sauce. Mushroom and leek crumb-topped tarts make a delicious vegetarian recipe, or make hot water crust ham hock pie for a meaty option.
When are leeks in season? Leeks are at their best from November to April. They are simple to grow and thrive through the British winter so are a popular choice for growing at allotments. You’ll find them in the shops in abundance around St David’s Day on 1 March, when they also come into their own as Welsh national symbol. In fact, leeks have been cultivated since the time of the Ancient Egyptians and were considered by the Romans to be a superior vegetable.
Leeks should be kept in the fridge, unwashed and untrimmed, where they should keep for a couple of weeks. You can also freeze leeks by washing and chopping them, flash freezing them on an open tray lined with baking paper then sealing them in a freezer-safe bow or bag. Make sure you clean leeks thoroughly before you prepare them, as they often contain a lot of gritty soil.
Delicious Leek recipes
These glamorgan sausages are delicious served with a tomato and red onion salad for a light lunch or serve with drinks as a hot nibble
Everyone loves a homemade pie, and this is a great way of using up the last of the classic festive meats
Incredibly comforting, this wholesome leek and potato soup is made with fresh chicken stock
The strong, anise flavour of fennel, mellows when cooked, and is delicious in this lovely gratin recipe
This pie recipe is pure comfort food and the ham hock and leeks go excellently together
This cheese, bacon and leek tart is the real deal, with a gorgeous filling enriched with double cream – a truly decadent lunch
This light dish is easy to prepare and takes hardly any time in the oven, plus the fish stays tender and moist because it’s steamed
A great new pasta sauce recipe with leeks, and so quick to put together using tinned cannellini beans
This salmon recipe is light and refreshing and so easy to make
Try this delicious leek and Dolcelatte tart recipe, which is great for a Boxing Day party or buffet
These roasted leeks with red peppers and parmesan is a great accompaniment to meat and fish or as a veggie starter
Stilton and whole baby leeks come together in this beautiful puff tart