Leeks with Lemon and Sugar

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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This is a particularly delicious sweet-and-sour way of preparing leeks.


  • 1 kg (2 lb) leeks
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, crushed


Wash the leeks carefully, removing any soil nestling between the leaves. Cut off the tough green part of the leaves. Cut the rest into medium pieces.

Fry the garlic and sugar in hot oil until the sugar becomes slightly caramelized. Add the leeks and turn them a little over moderate heat to colour them lightly. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Stew gently, covered, in