“Leeks as a side dish. Who knew? These leeks benefit from the slow cooking to bring out their natural sugars. Don't cook them too fast or over heat them so they'll burn. Slow, gentle heat will produce soft and sweet leeks that you can twirl on your fork like spaghetti! The recipe calls for a sweet balsamic reduction. I've included the directions for that. Recipe courtesy of Eva Longoria.”
READY IN:
50mins
SERVES:
4-6
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 leeks (white and light green parts only)
  • 4 -6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Sweet Balsamic Reduction
  • 12 cup balsamic vinegar, good quality
  • 5 teaspoons sugar

Directions

  1. Sweet Balsamic Reduction:
  2. Put the balsamic vinegar and sugar into a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and simmer until the vinegar is reduced to 3 or 4 tablespoons. It should be the consistency of warmed honey and will have a caramelized sweet-tart flavor. This takes approximately 10 minutes. (You can refrigerate and store this reduction for up to 2 weeks.).
  3. Leeks:
  4. Trim the leeks and cut them in half lengthwise. Under running water, use your fingers to gently pull open the layers of the leeks to rinse away the sand. Shake the excess water off. Thinly slice the leeks lengthwise into long, thin strips.
  5. Heat the oil and butter in a large skiller over low heat. When the butter has melted, add the leeks. If you can't add all the leeks at one time, add them in batches and use tongs to turn them gently as they cook, bringing the leeks on the bottom of the pan to the top as they reduce in volume -- this will make more room.
  6. Once all of the leeks have been added, cook gently, stirring occasionally until they are soft enough to be twirled on a fork like spaghetti! This should take approximately 18 to 10 minutes. Add a little more butter or oil if needed.
  7. Serve, drizzling a little of the reduced balsamic vinegar over each portion.

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