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David Lebovitz's Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette

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All week long David Lebovitz -- professional cook, baker, and blogger -- will be sharing recipes from his new book, My Paris Kitchen. Follow along to win one of six copies we're giving away -- and find out why Paris really is always a good idea.

Today: A spring market vegetable with Parisian street style -- plus how to prep it to perfection. 



Traditionally leeks for leeks vinaigrette were cooked in a big pot of boiling water. However, it’s better to steam them, which prevents them from getting waterlogged. Smaller leeks, which appear in the springtime in Paris markets, are preferable for this dish because they’re quite tender, although larger leeks are just fine, too. Just make sure that you clean the leeks very well, and cook them until they’re completely soft all the way through. 

When my partner Romain and I made this together and plated up the leeks, I got an unexpected lesson in the art of arranging the leeks, or poireaux: I learned that it’s imperative you lay them with the queue (tail) alternating with the tête (head). So I recommend you follow those instructions, if you don’t want to raise any Parisian eyebrows.

Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette

Serves 4 to 6

2 cups (200 grams) thick-cut smoked bacon, cut into lardons
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
3 tablespoons neutral-tasting vegetable oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
5 large or 10 small leeks, cleaned
2 hard-cooked eggs

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

We're giving away a little piece of Paris every day this week! To enter to win today's copy of My Paris Kitchen, tell us in the comments: What's your favorite spring vegetable to bring home from the market? We'll pick six winners at random this Friday, May 2nd!

Photos excerpted from the book My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz. © 2014 by David Lebovitz. Reprinted by permission of Ten Speed Press. All rights reserved.

Tags: leeks, mustard, bacon, vinaigrette, david lebovitz, paris, my paris kitchen

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Comments (66)


12 months ago Marygrace

my favorite spring veggie is asparagus and i prepare in risotto. so yummy


12 months ago adriana

artichokes and asparagus. yum!


12 months ago SallyM

Asparagus is spring, topped with vinagrette and egg.


12 months ago Deb

the first crops of kale and spinach - hurray for fresh greens after a long winter!


12 months ago Eliza Lathrop

radish! I love their zing. A friend just showed me how to slice them thin and eat them on a buttered baguette with a sprinkle of salt. yum.


12 months ago iMaxed5770

Snap peas! They're so good, I eat them plain.


12 months ago Mulzee

Artichokes and rhubarb.


12 months ago suzgab

English peas are so much better when they are local and seasonal.


12 months ago Lauren

Lovely thick stalks of asparagus.


12 months ago Keely bee

English peas but only if they were just picked.


12 months ago Garnetgirl

Asparagus and mushrooms!


12 months ago Sj Dc

Asparagus and artichokes..


12 months ago BakerRB

Sugar snap peas, English peas and rhubarb


12 months ago DBolton

Asparagus, artichokes and the king of fruits/vegetables rhubarb!


12 months ago Maggie Santolla

Radishes and asparagus. And spring onions! And rhubarb! Was I supposed to only pick one?


12 months ago Michaela

Fresh garlic!


12 months ago Melissa

asparagus and green garlic!


12 months ago Incognito

Fresh morels,fat green asparagus, green peas, bunches of spring onions, fiddleheads, tiny new potatoes, and a new one: fresh chickpeas!


12 months ago JudyH

fava beans! and fresh strawberries.


12 months ago Jennifer Kramer

Has to be asparagus. Lately I have been blanching it so it doesn't lose it's crunch and tossing it with quinoa, red onion, arugula, avocado, fresh feta and sliced almonds. Delicious and good for you, too!