Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Citrusy Braised Leeks

Yes, I'm in a leek phase now.  I go through these favorite vegetable phases.  I had never had leeks before I came here.

This makes a great side dish.  You've got the sweetness coming from both the leeks and the oranges, and the earthy nuttiness coming from the almonds.  These mellow flavors are then contrasted beautifully with the sharp hints of the zests of  lemons and mandarins, giving the dish more character.

Healthy, delicious and simple.  Everything I stand for.

Prep time: 5 min       Cook time: 15 min        Serves:  2-3      Suitable for:  accompanying a meaty main 

Half a large leek, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 stalk of lemon grass, bashed
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Zest and juice of 1/2 orange
1 small handful of almond flakes

Heat some oil in a pan, add your garlic cloves and lemon grass and fry for a minute before adding the leeks. Add 1/2 cup of water/stock and cover with a lid, let it simmer for about 15 minutes until tender.  Add the zests and the juice of the citrus fruits and the almond flakes.  Drizzle with some excellent extra virgin olive oil before serving.

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