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Friday, June 21, 2013

Grilled Gratineed Leeks

The morning I saw Mary at One Perfect Bite post her recipe for Gratineed Leeks was a magical morning!  I thought about the recipe all day.  I even had thoughts about leaving work early, just so I could go home and make it!!  Some how, some way, I fought the urge off and made it through the day.  Actually, by the time I left work, I had talked myself into having patience and just waiting until the weekend to try out the recipe.  Silly me for waiting!  It was everything I had imagined it would be and more :)

Now, I, of course, adapted her recipe to meet my needs... i.e... I grilled these bad boys (okay, I added some really bad mayo too.. just to give it an added creaminess).  But I can pretty much guarantee that either way you make it, you're going to want to make it again... and again... and again!!  This has quickly become our favorite way to enjoy leeks!

Grilled Gratineed Leeks
Adapted from Mary, One Perfect Bite
- Serves 2 -
Printed Recipe 
1 large leek, top dark green leave and root trimmed off, sliced lengthwise and rinsed under cold water (I separated the two halves to make four little "boats")
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons toasted panko breadcrumbs

Preheat grill to 350 degrees F.  Tear off a large piece of aluminum and fold in half.  Bring the sides up just a little to form sort of a tray.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil.

In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, lemon juice, and parmesan until well combined.  Spread evenly over top of each leek half and top with mozzarella and then the panko.  Place on the aluminum tray and place over in direct heat.  Grill until the cheese is melted and the leek has become softened.  Carefully remove and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

One Year Ago:  Aleppo Pepper Aioli
Two Years Ago:  Grilled Chinese Pork Back Ribs
Three Years Ago:  Creole Cast Iron Fish


Cranberry Morning said...

I'm pinning this, Jenn. These look amazing!

Yenta Mary said...

I love leeks, I love cheese ... oh, man, I admire your fortitude in being able to wait to make this dish. It looks SO good!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'm glad you enjoyed these, Jenn. Your changes sound perfect. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Blessings...Mary

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

My mouth is watering, Jenn! I love leeks and can't wait to make this.

Pam said...

Guess what I have a sudden craving for. Yep - these leeks. YUM!

belleau kitchen said...

oh YES... I totally get this, what a genius idea... off to buy leeks ha ha!

Big Dude said...

Looks like something I would really love.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Great looking side dish. And no, I'm not going to say "I just made a leek dish!!!!!" :) But I will now. Thanks for the recipe.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What a lovely recipe - I just love hearing how you obsessed about the leeks all day!
Mary x

Chris said...

Awesome as is, but think about this (I know YOU will love this)...add some of your friend's chorizo to this!!!! FREAKING YUM, right?

Note to self....