Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Leeks Vinaigrette with a exciting twist from My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz.
  • 2 cups (200 grams) thick cut smoked bacon sliced ½ inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar (I used red wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 5 large or 10 small leeks
  • 2 hard cooked eggs
  1. Trim the dark green and hard tops of the leeks and cut off the roots just where they meet the base. With a sharp knife make 4 incisions down the sides, lengthwise, turing through just about to the center but leaving the whole leek and root intact. Soak the leeks in cold water for 15 minutes, swirling them around from time to time. Remove from the water and rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  2. Cook the bacon over medium heat in a willet until nearly crisp. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel to drain. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and salt. Whisk in the olive oil one tablespoon at a time then stir in 1 tablespoon of the parsley and two-thirds of the bacon. Set aside.
  3. Fill a large pot fitted with a steamer with a couple inches of water. Bring it to a boil over high heat and add the leeks. Cooke the leeks until tender; when you poke them with a sharp paring knife, it should have no resistance at the root ends. Small leeks take about 15 minutes while large ones will take about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the leeks and let drain on a plate lined with paper towel. Cut the leeks in half cross wise if large or lengthwise if the leeks are smaller. Arrange them on a platter head to tail.
  5. Remove and dice the hard cooked eggs and scatter them over the leeks. Pour the vinaigrette over the leeks and toss them and the pieces of egg to coat them thoroughly. Then scatter the remaining pieces of bacon and parsley over the leeks.
Recipe by Slim Palate at https://slimpalate.com/leeks-with-mustard-bacon-vinaigrette/