County Kerry Creamed Leeks

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Author Notes: When my husband and I visited Ireland in 2000, we fell in love not only with the friendly Irish people, but also their cuisine. We enjoyed creamed leeks in a pub while we were touring the Ring of Kerry. I promptly made my version, which includes lemon thyme and Meyer lemon zest, as soon as we arrived home. I've been making it ever since!
TIP: Use good Irish butter.

Serves 2

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 4-6 leeks, washed, trimmed - white and light green parts only - cut into 1/4 inch thick circles (about 1/2 pound of leeks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon thyme leaves (or any fresh thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest (or any fresh lemon zest)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  1. Using a small saucepan, heat the milk until it simmers, when small bubbles form at the sides of the pan. Keep milk warm over very low heat.
  2. Using a medium-sized saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter, then stir in the flour, stirring and cooking over medium heat 2-3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the hot milk, cooking over medium heat, and stir until sauce thickens - when it coats the back of a wooden spoon - about 3-4 minutes. Add the thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. Using a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and cook until leeks begin to wilt and green color brightens, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the sauce to the leeks, stir, then cover and cook over very low heat for 5 minutes. Serve.

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almost 2 years ago MyCommunalTable

This is my kind of food. I am going to make it with soy milk because of my son's allergies. A white sauce made with high quality organic soy milk is good, but not like as lovely as this one.


almost 2 years ago Lizthechef

I hope you and Gabe enjoy it, Elizabeth -


almost 2 years ago anotherfoodieblogger

What is Irish Butter? Inquiring minds want to know. :)


almost 2 years ago Lizthechef

The most popular brand of Irish butter found in most US supermarkets is Kerry Gold.


over 2 years ago Droplet

This sounds wonderful


over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Saw this on your blog, I love that you have made creamed leeks, I agree salmon would be a great with these.


over 2 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, I actually made the recipe for food52 but posted it on my blog as well.


over 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

These sound great Liz! I would love them with salmon too!


over 2 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

You've read my mind...I've been dreaming about leeks in bechamel sauce. Sounds amazing, and equally amazing photo!


over 2 years ago Lizthechef

We just ate this for supper, along with poached salmon - very Irish ;)