Leeky Potatoes

Posted by Katie Cooks On Saturday, January 30, 2010 2 comments
At our house, we love leeks. They have a mellow onion flavor and can be cooked down to be sweet and creamy. A few years back, for my mom's 50th birthday, I made a delicious leek tart. Recently, Miles made a French onion type soup with leeks; it was a hit. Last week, I had a another leek craving; this is what I came up with. We served this baked potato as our main dish with a salad on the side. This recipe could be easily modified as a twice baked potato. In that case, I would serve half a potato per person as a side dish. If you are scared of leeks, give this recipe a try. You won't be sorry!


Leeky Potatoes

*Timing Tip: Poke your potatoes all over with a fork and bake them in a 450 degree oven for 40-50 minutes. Prepare your leeks, and then, when you have about 20 minutes left, begin to cook your filling.

You will need:

2  large baking potatoes
1 lb. of leeks
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup half and half
1 pinch ground nutmeg
salt/pepper to taste
Crumbled bacon

First, you need to prep your leeks. There are multiple methods for doing this. This works best for me. Remove all the tough outer leaves, and cut off the furry root end. Like this.

I thinly slice my leeks before I clean them. Don't slice them all the way to the end. Stop when you have more leaf than root.

Then, I put the slices into a colander; run them under water, and separate them into rings. This will help wash away the grit.

Time to start cooking. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet on mediumhigh heat. Add leeks and saute' 3 minutes, until slightly tender.

Add chicken stock; boil for 5 minutes; reduce to a simmer, and cover for 5-8 minutes. At this point, your leeks should be soft.

Stir in half and half, nutmeg, and season to taste. Congratulate your self, you have cooked up some creamed leeks. You could serve these without the potato as a side dish (YUM!). OR...

Slice open your potato (cut an X in the top and squeeze the sides); top with half the leeks, and garnish with crumbled bacon. Is your mouth watering?

2 comments to Leeky Potatoes

  1. says:

    Anonymous yummy; and it looks easy to do; thank you for your great photos which make me drool to have this made and served in my home kitchen -- Kay

  1. says:

    Katie Cooks We think it tastes as good as it looks. Thanks!

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