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delicious leeks with white beans

Leeks are not something often served as a side dish vegetable but more often used as the base for seasoning sauces and other dishes.  In England, serving leeks as a side dish is much more common, and truly a delicious complement to many other recipes.

I adapted this recipe from one by Jamie Oliver in his cookbook, Cook.  This recipe makes the leeks delightfully creamy and goes well with many types of proteins (fish, beef, lamb).  Everyone is always surprised at how much they like this dish!

delicious leeks with white beans

Leeks are not something often served as a side dish vegetable but more often used as the base for seasoning sauces and other dishes.  In England, serving leeks as a side dish is much more common, and truly a delicious complement to many other recipes.

I adapted this recipe from one by Jamie Oliver in his cookbook, Cook.  This recipe makes the leeks delightfully creamy and goes well with many types of proteins (fish, beef, lamb).  Everyone is always surprised at how much they like this dish!

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 6
6 leeks washed and finely sliced , white and pale green parts only
2 jars white beans (cannellini) about 25 ounces (650 grams)
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup white wine
2 heaping tablespoons creme fraiche
2 tablespoon olive oil
salt, to taste
fresh pepper, to taste
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thoughts&stories

Leeks are in the same family as onions and garlic but are sweeter.  The light green and white parts are best used for this recipe, whereas the harder green tops are best for stews and stocks.

The best time of year for leeks is in the fall and spring.

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delicious leeks with white beans
  • time
    1 hour
  • serves
    6
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

Directions

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In a medium size heavy bottom saucepan (or saute pan) coat bottom of pan with olive oil and butter until melted.

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Add the leeks and garlic and slowly sweat over low heat until they become very soft, approximately 6-7 minutes.

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While the leeks simmer, drain the white beans in a colander or strainer of all water and rinse well. Set aside.

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Pour white wine into the leeks and bring to a boil, about 4 minutes.

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Add the beans and creme fraiche with 3-4 tablespoons of water. Mix gently together (you do not want the beans to get mushy). Add more water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper, taste and season again.

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Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Before serving, sprinkle with a little olive oil.

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Place on serving platter or evenly onto 6 dinner plates underneath or beside the protein.