Saturday, January 9, 2010

Poached Leeks In Foil Bag With Mustard Dressing


This is a beautiful warm salad I have adapted from a BBC cooking show hosted by Yasmin day-lewis, it has since become a favourite of the tummies' kitchen. It is a perfect side dish to go with your next bbq or roast dinner. I personally would be very happy eating this just on it's own, who needs meat when vegetable can be this sexy! One leek/person should be about right.
P.S replace the anchovies with capers if you want to make it vegetarian, it will still be very tasty!

Clean and peel of tough outer leaves and cut into 3.5" batons. Place leeks on a large piece of foil, add 1/4 cup of white wine and season with salt and pepper. wrap the parcel and bake it in a preheated oven (180 C) for around 20 minutes.

While the leeks are cooking, prepare the dressing by whisking 3 tbs of water, 3 tbs of Dijon mustard and slowly add in the olive oil til you get a sauce with the consistency of pouring cream.

Add 2 tbs each of chopped parsley or chives, anchovies and garlic into the sauce. taste for seasonings.

After 15 minutes remove the parcel from the oven, it should be quite tender but not falling apart.

Place leek batons onto a plate.

Pour dressing over and scatter 1 chopped soft boiled egg over, garnish with chopped parsley. Have it as it is with some crusty bread.

Or as wonderful side dish for meat or fish, shown here with the bbq chicken I posted yesterday!

36 comments:

  1. The dressing sounds fantastic!

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  2. Thanks for posting this so quickly! I made the sauce today, it is amazing. Dinner is guess what? BBQ chicken with homemade sauce!

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  3. i really like the sound of this recipe. looks like a great way to cook leek and make it interesting :-)

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  4. i like this. i dont really use that much leek but this recipe looks pretty good. nice with steak. mmmm.

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  5. This looks very delicious! Love to see more vegetarian dishes like this here :) Thanks!

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  6. Now that is a great side dish! Our bbq chicken turned out beautifully and I should have made a larger batch of the sauce!
    Are you keeping cool?

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  7. Sook,
    Thanks! I was hooked the first time I tried it!

    Anu,
    Haha I promised a few friends I would post it today too :)
    I'm so glad you made the sauce, this is a perfect day for a bbq! Enjoy!

    Simon,
    Thank you, must give it a try sometimes!

    Ann,
    Thank you! Perfect with steak! :)

    Veggiegirl,
    I have neven seen you here before :)
    Thanks! I'll have more vegetarian posts or dishes that can be altered for vegetarians :)

    love to eat,
    Thanks! Oh I am so glad to hear that! I always make fairly large batch hehe!
    Yupe keeping cool in the house now.

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  8. This is a nice looking dish, love the sound of the dressing! Thanks, Mia

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  9. This sounds fantastic! The leeks look really tender and I like how you served it with egg!

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  10. These look goooood. I like your veg-friendly idea of replacing the anchovies with capers. :-)

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  11. I have some leeks in my fridge, the Chapot don't like so much but I think that with this sauce, I will have a great success
    Thank you

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  12. Wow, wow and wow!!! I am so gonna make this for my vegetarian hubby when he comes back from his business trip! It looks so amazing I am craving for them now.

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  13. Angie,
    Thank you! :)

    Mia,
    Thanks! Do give it a try!

    pigpigscorner,
    Thanks! I love eggs in everything :)

    Cindy,
    Thanks :) I'm trying to have more vegetarian friendly dishes as requested!

    chapot,
    Thank you! and good luck :)

    Ju,
    Thanks! let me know if he likes it! I'll be posting more vegetarian food too :)

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  14. Je connais cette salade et elle est très bonne.
    La cuisson en papillote est une très bonne idée.
    A bientôt.

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  15. Awsome side dish! We'll be making this for sure. Cheers mate!

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  16. Harriet from CarltonJanuary 9, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    This is a fabulous dish, since we love leeks I'll be cooking this soon!

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  17. really wonderful!!!! Thank you!!!

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  18. Saveurs et Gourmandises
    C'est merveilleux! :)

    Matteo,
    thank you!

    fitzroy,
    Thanks! Glad you'll be cooking it!

    Harriet,
    Thank you! Let me know when you do!

    colombina,
    Thank you! You are welcome :)

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  19. This really looks fresh, healthy and delicious. The addition of the mustard dressing really gives it a nice zing.

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  20. the dressing is way too tempting..Congrats on your well deserved awards :-)

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  21. oh la la this is awesome love leeks great recipe, have a fab weekend

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  22. looks great, I've never thought to cook leeks like that. thanks for sharing!

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  23. OMG! The most amazing recipes and meal photos i've ever seen!!
    Bravo!!!

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  24. What an unexpected side dish, yum. I just brought home some leeks, and I couldn't decide if I wanted to make potato leek some or what. Now I know.

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  25. Velva,
    Than you! You are absolutely right about the mustard dressing!

    Gulmohar,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Rebecca,
    Thanks! you too!

    Claire,
    Thank you! Me too til I wacthed the cooking show.

    Betty,
    Thanks! Must try that one day!

    Lyndsey,
    Thank you! PLease do n let me know!! :)

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  26. These leeks look great! I would so add those anchovies, perhaps capers as well. I like the idea of the soft boiled egg on top. YUM!

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  27. We always use cook leeks the same way, this is a wonderful new dish for us. Thanks!

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  28. Ah, what a great idea! I'm going to give this a try next time I buy some leeks.

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  29. marla,
    Thank you! I think capers added will be even tastier!

    Mike,
    You are welcome, let me know when you try it.

    Agnes,
    Than you and please do!

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  30. Wow wow! I love that dressing with the eggs, looks really yummy!

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  31. This looks like a good dish for me!!

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  32. Yasmin,
    Thank you! Do give it a try!

    mycookinghut,
    Thanks! I hope you'll try it!

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  33. This sounds yummy. If I don't have white wine what can I substitute it with? Chicken stock instead?

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  34. thank you! Yeah a little chicken stock to help start the steaming process.

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