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Fried Leeks

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We had a very relaxing day that consisted of lounging and stuffing ourselves.


Christmas Dinner


We had plans to go for a run or get out and do something active, but the Seattle rain was insisting we just stay in and take it easy before we head off to the East Coast to visit family.

One theme of our Christmas Eve and Christmas was Fried Leeks. They topped our Smoked Salmon Chowder on Christmas Eve.


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And our Mashed Potatoes with Leeks on Christmas.


Mashed Potatoes with Leeks 2

Both of those recipes will come, but today is about Fried Leeks.

These were inspired by my work cafeteria. That's right, I finally get some time off of work and I'm blogging about the cafeteria food.

We have a soup station at work and each soup has it's appropriate topping, the Chicken Noodle Soup is meant to be topped with Fried Leeks, the Tomato Basil with a pesto, Thai Lentil with Cilantro, and it goes on...I think you get it. I request fried leeks on every soup, the conversations go like this.

Me: Small Thai Lentil to go please.
Soup Guy: With cilantro?
Me: Yes, with cilantro and the fried leeks please.

Me: Small Chili to go please
Soup Guy: With cheese and green onions?
Me: Yes, can I also get the fried leeks?

Me: Smalll Black Bean soup to go please (yes that's two days of bean soup in a row)
Soup Guy: With the cilantro crema?
Me: Yes, and the fried leeks!

Me: Small Chicken Noodle Soup to go please.
Soup Guy: With the fried leeks?

I'll skip Friday, you get the idea. I decided it was time to stop restricting my Fried Leek diet to Monday through Friday and whipped some up at home. So today I am here to ensure that you incoporate Fried Leeks into your life. Call it a belated Christmas present!

1 leek
canola or vegetable oil

Be extra careful when frying up your leeks, as the hot oil can easily burn you. 

Clean leaks and slice white part into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces. Cut each slice in half and loosen rings from each other.

Heat about 1 inch of oil over high heat on stove top. Place leeks in hot oil (I test one first to see if it starts to sizzle and oil is hot enough), and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes or until they start to turn brown. Remove from oil and place on paper towel lined plate. 

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