Best Parmesan Braised Leeks

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I am 100% obsessed with these Parmesan Braised Leeks and I cannot be stopped!

Braised Leeks from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Here's the thing about leeks - they are absolute perfection when done properly. Similar to that of Brussels and/or Asparagus, they don't take much effort and they are best when done simply with a little zip and some crisp. I was talking to one of my girlfriends a few months ago who has a baby a few months older than Poppy - and she shared that her son was going to TOWN on Braised Leeks. Obviously, I marched straight to the store and bought some for us to try and home.

You guys... these are legit candy. The leeks are so soft but have a little texture to them from the broiler. The parmesan gives them a nice salty finish. They don't need lemon juice to taste, but you're more than welcome to add it! These Braised Leeks are quite possibly, the best spring side dish I've made in recent years. And that's really saying something because we know I love my Parm Panko Asparagus!

Ingredients

  • Leeks 
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dry White Wine
  • Parmesan Cheese

How to Make Braised Leeks

Start by prepping the leeks. Cutting the root ends about ⅓ inch and removing all of the dark green leafy park of the leeks on top. Then cut in half lengthwise. Keeping the leeks in tact, transfer them to a bowl and them thoughougly rinse them to remove all dirt. Once clean, give a final rinse and remove to a clean towel to dry off. 

Next, in a wide heavy bottom skillet or braiser, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Place the leeks in the pan into an even layer, cut side down, and cook until they are lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Use a pair of tongs to move them every few minutes to ensure they don't stick. Using the tongs, turn the leeks over and cook on the other side until they are lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

Flip the leeks back over so that the cut side is down and pour in the wine. Scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan, then add enough water or stock to just cover the top of the leeks. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, until the leeks are fork tender. Most of the liquid should evaporate at this point 

Then preheat the broiler. Using tongs, turn the leeks so that the flat side is up. If there is still a lot of liquid in the pan, carefully pour it off. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the leeks. Place the skillet/braiser into the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted and is beginning to turn golden brown. Remove from the heat and serve. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Garnish the Braised Leeks with lemon juice if desired.

Variations and Substitutions

Dry White Wine - I like to use sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc.

Parmesan Cheese - Feel free to omit to make this Braised Leek recipe dairy-free.

Tips & Tricks

A quick note on buying leeks - look for long leeks that aren't dark green. The dark green part of the leeks is trimmed and discarded, so it's not ideal. You want them to be as light green as possible as those leaves are more tender and delicious.

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Braised Leeks

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.7 from 3 votes
While these braised leeks are truly the most perfect spring side dish, I also need you to know they are currently Poppys fav vegetable and she's eating them like candy! A win for everyone involved!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 6 medium leeks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine (like sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Prep the leeks by cutting the root ends about ⅓ inch and removing all of the dark green leafy park of the leeks on top. Then cut in half lengthwise. Keeping the leeks in tact, transfer them to a bowl and them thoughougly rinse them to remove all dirt. Once clean, give a final rinse and remove to a clean towel to dry off.
  • In a wide, heavy bottom skillet or braiser, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Place the leeks in the pan into an even layer, cut side down, and cook until they are lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Use a pair of tongs to move them every few minutes to ensure they don't stick. Using the tongs, turn the leeks over and cook on the other side until they are lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Flip the leeks back over so that the cut side is down and pour in the wine. Scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan, then add enough water or stock to just cover the top of the leeks. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, until the leeks are fork tender. Most of the liquid should evaporate at this point
  • Preheat the broiler. Using tongs, turn the leeks so that the flat side is up. If there is still a lot of liquid in the pan, carefully pour it off. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the leeks. Place the skillet/braiser into the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted and is beginning to turn golden brown. Remove from the heat and serve. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with lemon juice if desired.

Notes

When you're buying leeks, look for medium sized leeks that are HUGE. If the outer layers are super tough, you can discard them while cleaning to ensure that the leeks are super soft when serving. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2334IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 3mg
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love leeks, and I have them in the garden year round. Never thought of preparing them this way, but I can't wait to try this. So buttery and soft, and the parm on top! YUM!!

  2. 4 stars
    Flavor was wonderful. I used wine+stock too simmer the leeks. The only leeks I could find were very large and I unfortunately didn't read the note about discarding the first couple of layers which turned out stringy and tough. I'll have to try this one again as the flavor was very good.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! My European friend said the only way to make sure leeks are done (Europeans love their leeks and use them. for many dishes) is to taste to make sure tender. A nice tasty and light side dish.

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