Leeks are a popular vegetable here. Week after week I see grocery carts with bunches of leeks, produce departments with multiple displays of leeks. What is going on here? Clearly it's something I don't know. I've even asked my European insiders about this . . .this surprising popularity. They don't see it. They maintain leeks are leeks. I think they're too enmeshed to notice. Maybe if they came to the U.S. and saw how routinely leeks are disregarded, ignored and over looked they see what I see. A leek frenzy.
I saw my English friend at the grocery store and saw that she was buying leeks. I immediately asked her what she does with them and why. She told me she braised them with butter, salt and pepper . . . because they taste good. I tried it that night. She's right. They do taste good. Since then I buy a leek a week. 1 leek each week. I've used leeks in risotto and most recently in quiche. But now I'm stumped. What else can I do? Anyone have a leek friendly dish they care to share?