Leeks Simmered in Olive Oil

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Sharon123

Adapted from The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen: Recipes for the Passionate Cook by Paula Wolfert. Serve these leeks later in the day, or, even better, the following day.Yummy!

Top Review by Goody2shz

This was surprisingly delicious, and I'll definitely be making it again. I used leeks straight from the garden, and like the other reviewers, I added garlic at the same time as the onions. I used brown rice instead of white, which was a mistake cuz they were still a little crunchy by the time the leeks were done. White rice is definitely the way to go. Had the leftovers cold the next day and it was just as good cold.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the leeks in warm water for about 30 minutes. Drain and cut into 2" lengths. Thoroughly rinse to remove any sand. Drain well.
  2. Combine the onion, olive oil, and carrots in a large heavy casserole and cook on medium heat, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the leeks and sugar, cover with a sheet of crumpled parchment paper or foil and a tight fitting lid, reduce the heat to low, and cook for about 20 minutes. (Leeks and carrots should cook in their own moisture. If need be, add 1 tablespoon water.).
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, soak the rice in hot water to cover for 10 minutes; drain.
  4. Add the rice to the leeks. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, tightly covered, over low heat for 20 minutes longer.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. Leave the pan uncovered to cool before transferring the leeks to a serving dish. Spoon the vegetables and rice over the leeks, garnish with the chopped parsley, and serve at room temperature or chilled. Enjoy!

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