A relative to the onion and the garlic. Leeks have a mild onion flavor and are used as a vegetable or as seasoning for salads, soups, and other dishes.
Leeks often contain sand captured between the layers of the vegetable while growing. It is important to cut leeks lengthwise and rinse thoroughly to remove sand.
Season: available year-round
How to select: Spring and Fall are the high seasons, when they will be small and tender. Larger and tougher the rest of the year.
How to prepare: Cut off root and tough, dark green leaves. Slice in half lengthwise and rinse dirt from stalk. Boil, braise, puree, steam, stew or add to soups. Add considerable mild onion flavor to stocks, roasts and soups.
Matches well with: bacon, bechamel sauce, beets, bread crumbs, butter, cheese, cream, fish, hollandaise sauce, lemon, mustard, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley, peas, potatoes, red wine, thyme, tomatoes, vinaigrette