I can usually come up with entree ideas, but I seem to be in a rut when it comes to side dishes. I tend to end up making some kind of potato dish, corn, green beans, salads, or asparagus. Roasted leeks weren’t even on my radar.
We eat a lot of vegetables, and although I eat meat, I consider myself a flexitarian. So, I make a lot of vegetarian or plant-based meals.
Even though I do love all vegetables, I don’t buy leeks that often. But I had to pick up some leeks for a recipe recently and bought more than I needed.
What Are Leeks?
Leeks are similar to scallions or green onions; they’re larger with a sweeter, more mild flavor than green onions, though.
So, I thought, why not try baking them?
Thus, roasted leeks are now one of my new favorite side dishes.
Roasted Leeks (Print Recipe Here)
- 6 Leeks
- 3 tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 Lemon
- 1 ½ tsp. Fresh chopped thyme
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Cut the white stems off of the leeks, and remove any green outer leaves. You mostly want the white part of the stem. So, when choosing leeks for this recipe, select leeks that have longer white stems instead of, the larger green leaves.
- Slice each leek in half lengthwise, and rinse the leek under running water to get rid of any dirt or sand held between the leaves.
- Place the leeks cut side up in a 13×9 baking dish.
- Brush the leeks with olive oil.
- Sprinkle the leeks with salt and pepper to taste.
- Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon over the top of the leeks.
- Sprinkle the chopped fresh thyme over the leeks.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Serve hot with fresh lemon wedges and sprigs of thyme for garnish.
Note: Leeks are dirty because they grow up through the dirt capturing dirt in between its leaves, so rinsing them thoroughly under running water is needed.
If you’ve never tried roasting leeks before, I highly recommend giving this side dish a try. Baked Leeks go with just about anything; it’s delicious and so easy to prepare and make.
One of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables is by roasting them. Not only is roasting veggies easy and fairly hands-off cooking, but roasting also adds a depth of flavor to vegetables I don’t think you can get any other way.
I love how you get some caramelization and tender vegetables yet, crispy edges. So if you love roasting vegetables, try oven roasted leeks as your next side dish.
I plan on trying roasted leeks and potatoes next time. I think the combination of leeks and potatoes will be delicious.
This side dish may steal the show. You might also want to try these angel biscuits.
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