Roasted Leeks With Black Pepper & Parm

October 19, 2021
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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Leeks become melty and sweet when roasted. A sprinkling of Parm and black pepper makes them even more appealing. Some nights I top these with a fried egg and call it a meal. On others, I serve them beside roasted, grilled, or pan-seared meat or fish or in a lineup of other veggie dishes. —Antoni Porowski

Test Kitchen Notes

Excerpted with permission from Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner © 2021 by Antoni Porowski with Mindy Fox. Photography © 2021 by Paul Brissman. Reproduced by permission of Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh soft herbs, such as tarragon, marjoram, chives, and/or basil, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus 1 or 2 lemon wedges for serving
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 medium leeks (about 3 pounds total)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces)
  1. Heat the oven to 425°F, with a rack in the middle.
  2. Whisk the oil, herbs, Dijon, lemon zest and juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
  3. Trim the roots and dark green parts from the leeks and discard (or save to use for making stock). Halve the leeks lengthwise, rinse well, and pat dry, then arrange cut side up on a baking sheet. Spoon the oil mixture over the top, then rub it between the leaves. Turn the leeks cut side down and roast until softened and golden on the cut sides, 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Turn the leeks cut side up, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and continue roasting until the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer the leeks to a platter, top with fresh herbs, season with pepper, and squeeze lemon over them. Serve hot or warm.

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