Cut the root off the leek. You should have about a 1/2 inch stump that you've cut off. Discard the root.
Cut off the top leafy part of the leek. You want the white part, not the green part. When choosing leeks, you should choose leeks that have as much white as possible, since you'll be cutting the rest off. I generally place my knife about 1-2 inches past the part where it is starting to turn white, so I still get a little bit of light green. The green part is tough and fibrous, and not as flavorful. If I'm sauteeing the leeks, I'm not as picky and may allow some of the lighter green part to pass. After cutting the ends off the leek, this is what you will have:
How to Clean Leeks
Slice the leeks in half lengthwise.
Holding the leek layers together in a fist, run the leeks under water, flipping through the layers to rinse any dirt out.
How to Cut Leeks
Place the cut side of the leek down on a cutting board. Using a very sharp knife, slice along the curve of the leek as thinly as you like.
If you prefer diced leeks to sliced leeks, before slicing the leeks widthwise, slice them into strips lengthwise. Then proceed to dice the strips into whatever size you're looking for.
You can now use your sliced leeks for whatever yummy recipe you like!
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Leeks are aromatic like onions and garlic, but they have a much more delicate and mild flavor. They’re great for giving soups just a small onion-like taste without being overpowering.
Many people say leeks are slightly sweeter than other aromatics, as well.
Keto Leek Recipes
I LOVE leeks.
I was recently at the grocery store picking out leeks and cheerfully and choosily decided on a bunch of leeks as a man next to me in the produce aisle looked on.
He leaned over and asked me what I do with them and I was a bit taken off guard. I shouldn’t have been, because I never had a leek in my life till I was an adult, but it took me a second to recalibrate and then try to rein in my leek passion while telling him what I like to use leeks for the most.
Now, I’ve had this blog for a few years by this time, so I thought for sure I had leek recipes on Keen for Keto, given how much I love leeks. Would you believe, I DON’T. So, we’ll be remedying that very very soon and very very soon you’ll be sick of hearing about leeks, haha!
But for now, I’ll give you a few suggestions. My first is that you can try putting leeks anywhere you would cook onions (especially sauteed onions–yum!). You’ll be surprised at what the pleasantly delicate flavor can do in place of onions.
Two great places to use sauteed leeks are in soups and quiches. Enjoy!!