You can prepare Wild Leeks many ways, as a salad, steamed, boiled, fried, or even pickled, if you freeze them for later use they should be cooked first. Here I am going to fry the leeks, I fry with a bit of a twist in my technique.
Step 1: Picking and Preparing the Leeks
When I get the leek leaves home I washed them thoroughly in the kitchen sink.
After washing I dry the leaves on a paper towel and cut them up with a pair of scissors and they are ready to cook I just need to add the other ingredients.
Step 2: Adding the Other Ingredients
The next ingredient is fresh chives, I grow my chives in a box planter so I can take them with me if I move or to get them to start early in the spring.
I simply grab a bunch and cut them from the roots with a pair of scissors and wash them.
After washing I dry the chives and cut them up with a pair of scissors.
The last ingredient is a large diced onion.
Then I mix all the ingredients together in a large bowel. At this point if I want a salad I put some in a bowel adding diced tomatoes and diced zucchini then I sprinkle with oil and vinegar, however I am going to cook this for a side dish.
Step 3: Frying the Leeks
I have a unique way of frying first I add butter to my frying pan then I add water to the pan filling it half way. Other than fish, eggs, and deep frying I fry everything this way, it ensures meat and vegetables are cooked through to the center before browning the outside. This is very important when frying a mixture of different things as some things cook faster than others.
I add the leeks and other vegetables to the frying pan and cover with a lid and cook on high.
The lid keeps the steam in the frying pan with the vegetables until they are cooked through.
When the leeks are cooked through I take the lid off the frying pan and boil off any excess water and lightly brown the leeks.
After browning I add butter and serve.
Step 4: Dinner Is Served
Don’t tell my wife I cheated on the pasta.
I made a seafood pasta on our first date, it consisted of a can of baby clams, a can of baby shrimp, a can of lobster, a can of crab meat, a package of egg noodles, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. To this day she doesn’t know how I make a white sauce for pasta, and that was over 30 years ago.