Baby leeks are known for their lovely delicate, sweet flavor and add a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors. Leeks belong to the family of plants called Allium and are related to onions, shallots and scallions, to which they bear a resemblance. It is their silky mellowness that makes them the most subtle of the onion group of vegetables.
Baby leeks are used to enhance soups, stews, salads and stir-fries. Able to stand alone in their own deliciousness, baby leeks go well with a variety of vegetables. Besides our red new potatoes, try pairing them with fresh fennel, mushrooms, asparagus, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, new potatoes, beets, squash and brussels sprouts. They are great smothered in a butter and white wine sauce, or use them to flavor vinaigrettes and other salad dressings. They are also lovely as a garnish for your main dishes. Be sure to wash your leeks thoroughly before using them in your recipes and, as always, be sure to enjoy these fresh off the stand.