Do you cook with leeks? I am going to let you in on a secret. Come closer. Come even closer. Did you know that the dark green parts are yummier than the white and light green parts? Yeah, I am talking about leek greens. See, recipes always call for the white and light green part, then you probably toss the dark part. Well, Mother Nature didn’t intend you to toss the leek greens but use them. Here’s her secret that she whispered to me one day.
Yes, I have become the leek greens whisperer.
Leek Greens Magic
Cut off the greens and store them in the freezer. If you are using a lot of leeks for a recipe like potato leek soup, then go ahead and spread them on a baking sheet or pop them into the dehydrator.
Watch my video below as to how to dehydrate the leeks.
Clean leek greens. (They tend to have dirt in and among the leaves.)
- Cut the greens the size of chips. (About 2 to 3 inches)
- Spread them on unbleached parchment paper or silpat mat in the oven or dehyrdrator.
- Cook for about 8 hours in the oven at 130 degrees or your lowest setting. Alternatively, cook them in the dehydrator at 110 degrees. I haven’t cooked them in the dehyrator yet.
- Chips are done when they are crispy like a chip.
- Store them in an air tight container.
Eat them like a chip or use them for garnishment when a recipe calls for crispy onions. (Um, if you go down the chip route, you won’t be able to eat just one.)
These dehydrated leeks are much tastier than their white dehydrated counterpart. Trust me I tried both.
Other Leek Green Recipes:
I love the leek greens dehydrated but you can cook with them as well.
- Saute with them. The greens are much milder than onions. See HERE for a recipe.
- Wrap fish with leek greens. According to the Louis Bonduelle Foundation, cooking fish surrounded by leeks is a “great way to cook fish in a natural and edible parcel that enhances its digestibility.”
- Make a leek tart.
- Use for stock. (Here is my vegetable stock recipe. Store the greens with the other leftover peels.)
- Frizzle the greens so that they are more crisp and brown.
- Roasted Leek Greens (Paleo and AIP friendly)
- Leek Green and Saucy Shrimp Stir Fry
- Crustless Leek Greens and herb quiche. (This recipe uses the whole leek–greens and all.)
- Leek Greens and Salty Pork Belly Stir-Fry Recipe.
- Toasty Oven Roasted Leek Greens
Help Out a Leek Green
Would you mind helping a green girl out? Please pin this image on Pinterest and share this post on Facebook, G+ and Twitter so all the unloved leek greens can be used instead of going to compost heaven?
The leeks thank you from the bottom of their roots.
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How do you use your leek greens?
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