Cooking Leeks as a Side Dish

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Leeks can be served in a lot of ways.  They can be cooked and eaten as they are, used in soups, consumed raw or served as an accompaniment or side dish.

As a side dish, it can be cooked in several ways—pan fried, baked, braised, roasted, or sautéed.

To pan fry, just heat butter or olive oil in a small pan, add sliced leeks and season with salt and pepper.  To bake, place leeks in a baking pan, season with a little salt and pepper then sprinkle with grated cheese on top.  Bake for about half an hour at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

To braise this wonderful herb, heat leeks in a skillet and pour chicken or vegetable stock.  Cook for about 10 minute then dust with dried fennel.  Braised leeks are great side dish for chicken or fish.

Roasted leeks are pretty simply to do, too.  Just coat the sliced leeks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Pre-heat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and roast the leeks for half an hour.

Roasting brings out the flavor of leeks and is great to eat as a side dish along with steaks and other beef cuisines.

To sauté, cook sliced leeks and dried fennel together in a nonstick skillet until the leeks are a little crisp.   Pour a bit of lemon juice to added flavor.

However you choose to cook leeks, it is important to note that it should not be overcooked.  When you do, your leeks would have an unappealing texture—it would turn slimy and mushy.

To know when leeks are cooked just enough, it should be tender but should have a little resistance when pricked.

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