Leeks in Vinaigrette

Poireaux à la Vinaigrette

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Servings:

    4 or 6

Appears in

Simple French Food

By Richard Olney

Published 1974

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds small leeks

Vinaigrette

  • Salt, freshly ground pepper
  • teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • About 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
  • About ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 handful chopped parsley

Method

See instructions for paring and cleaning leeks. Use only the white and very light-green parts of the leeks. Tie them into bundles as for asparagus, plunge them into salted, boiling water, and cook, covered, at a simmer for about ten minutes or until they are only just done, the flesh offering but the slightest resistance to the point of a small sharp knife. Drain well before transferring to a serving platter, remove the strings, arrange the leeks, and spoon over the following vinaigrette: Mix the mustard with the salt and pepper, add the vinegar, stirring until the mustard is completely dissolved, mash in the egg yolks coarsely, without reducing them to a purée, stir in the oil and, finally, the finely chopped whites of the eggs and the parsley. Taste for seasoning. For the sake of a prettier presentation, half of the chopped whites and parsley may be mixed together and kept apart for sprinkling the surface. Serve tepid.