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What can I do with the green portion of leeks?

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

asked about 5 years ago
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Merrill Stubbs

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added about 5 years ago

Clean them, chop them and use them to flavor stock, or any kind of soup really!

added about 5 years ago

Another idea is to wrap up a bouquet garni in them. : )

added about 5 years ago

1. Stock (but moderate quantity relative to other stock components)

2. Szechuan dishes like double-cooked pork http://newyork.seriouseats... Good recipe in the F. Dunlop Szechuan cookbook

3. Compost (I've never successfully fully utilized leek greens)

added about 5 years ago

I made a vegetable soup yesterday using the green parts of the leeks to flavor the stock (along with roasted vegetables, parsley, thyme) and then strained all the solids out. It was delicious.

added about 5 years ago

Or blanch them and weave them into a mat (good for tiki-coctail parties)


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added about 5 years ago

I agree with the bouquet garnie suggestion. Tie them up with a bay leaf and herbs.

added about 5 years ago

I cut them into 1/2" shreds and cook them with long-simmered collards or similar greens.

added about 5 years ago

Have no idea what everyone is grousing about with these. I just chopped up a bunch, blanched them (made sure none were too tough), and threw them in to a beef stir fry. Everything was eaten up.