Ingredient of the week: Leek

When we think leeks, potato-leek soup is the first thing that comes to mind. Yeah, it´s tasty, but it´s boring and not to mention, a winter food. Who wants to eat thick, hot soup when in a beach town and it´s over 90o outside? (over 30o for you Canadian folks). This post/recipe is dedicated to our CSA members who got the first leeks of the season:

Cheeky Leek Quiche:

We would love to be able to take credit for the amazing photos and yummy recipe, but it belongs to Megan over at www.pipandebby.com/ 

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Ingredients:

  • Two 9-inch ready-to-bake pie crusts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

And here´s how you do it:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Unroll the pie crusts and press into two 9-inch pie plates. Poke plenty of holes into the surface of the dough with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Decrease oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and cook until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine the leeks, tomatoes, parsley, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Add the cheese and mix well. Divide the mixture between the two pie plates.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Divide between the two pie plates and pour over the top of the veggie-cheese mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until eggs are cooked through. Let cool for 20 minutes.

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And there you have it! Leeks can be so much more interesting than a just thick soup. All sorts of recipes are possible; how does potato leek bacon pizza sound?

We hope you enjoy your farm-fresh, organic leeks!  If you remember, grab the camera and snap a pic. We love seeing farm-to-fork meals :)