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 macaroni and cheese. Roasted leeks weren’t even on my radar.
I don’t even buy leeks that often, but I had to pick up some leeks for a recipe recently and bought more than I needed.
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 is 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 the 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 the olive oil.
- Sprinkle the leeks with salt and pepper to taste.
- Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon over 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, roasting adds a depth of flavor to vegetabes I don’t think you can get any other way.
I love how you get some carmelization and tender vegetables, yet, crispy edges. So if you love roasting vegetables, try roasted leeks as your next side dish.
This side dish may steal the show.
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