Roast Leeks with Thyme and Garlic

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Leeks are such a rewarding vegetable and can be given so many imaginative treatments it surprises me that they seem to be joining the ranks of overlooked veg in this country. Perhaps it is the perceived difficulty of getting all the grit out of them that has had this effect. It is actually quite easy: just cross-cut the green tops and fan out the leaves, so that you can rinse away every last bit. This dish is wonderful with any roast but particularly suits fish.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized leeks, trimmed and well rinsed
  • 25 g butter
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 150Β°C/gas 2.

Cut the leeks at an angle into 5 cm. lozenge shapes and immerse in cold water just to dissolve out any more dirt. Do this 3 times with fresh water and any grit or dirt will sink to the bottom.

Melt the butter in a heavy-based pan with the olive oil and gently colour the leeks until golden on all sides. Add the thyme, garlic and seasoning to taste, and bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 20 minutes.

Serve with all the cooking juices.