Now that's a catchy title, isn't it. A poet I clearly am not! Anyhoo...
Last week I made my favourite cauliflower and leek soup (with truffle oil - it is SO good. If you'd like the recipe, let me know and I'll share it on here). As always, though, I was left with the tough greens of the leeks, and no idea what to do with them.
But instead of tossing them away as I have in the past, this time I put the greens back into the 'fridge, then put the question to the Instagram community: "I made soup but what can I do with the green parts of the leeks?"
As it turns out, quite a lot! In case you have the same question, following are some of the tasty suggestions I received.
Fondue de poireaux (leek fondue)
This was suggested by @ninondanslenclos. She says, "Cut the leeks in small parts and let them simmer with water in a pan at low heat, until the leeks are soft. Also, you might replace some of the water with white wine and/or creme fraiche (French habits). Add salt and pepper depending on your preferences. I would advise to serve with white rice and chicken, or tofu for a veggie version."
Soup, stew or broth
Similarly, @__roxana_nicoleta uses the green parts of leeks to flavour all kinds of slow-cooked things, including soup, bone broth, vegetable broth, and stew.
As a simple but tasty-sounding idea, @thetallphotographer says, "The end bits can be tough but the paler bits are lovely steamed with garlic butter."
Leek, potato & bacon pie
How delicious does this sound? From Denmark, @lineaswonderland shared the following recipe:
Tart bottom (home-made or store-bought)
3 leeks (or the greens of them)
A pack of bacon bits
2 dl* cream
800 grams (28 ounces) potatoes
salt and pepper
* Set the oven to 250 degrees Celsius (482 Fahrenheit)
* Peel the potatoes, cut them into small pieces, and boil them for 10 minutes
* Line the pie-tray with the tart bottom, and poke holes in the bottom with a fork
* Set the tart-bottom in the oven for five minutes
* Cook the bacon (@lineaswonderland suggests doing this in the oven to minimise greasy mess)
* Whip together the eggs and cream, the season with salt and pepper
* Clean, separate and cut the leeks into rings
* Put the bacon, potatoes and leeks into the pie, then pour over the egg and cream mixture
* Bake for 30 minutes
*dl stands for decilitre. 2 decilitres are equivalent to 200 millilitres, or 6.8 fluid ounces
What do you think? Would you try these? Do you have any recipes or ideas to add to this list?