Young Leeks with Mustard-Tarragon Vinaigrette

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

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Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Young Leeks With Mustard-Tarragon Vinaigrette
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Update that tired mustard sauce for leeks with this green garlic-bolstered recipe from our Test Kitchen.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
4
servings
Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds small leeks, trimmed, rinsed and halved lengthwise
  • 2½ tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon minced green garlic
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh tarragon
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare an ice bath in a bowl. Bring a 2-quart pot of salted water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the leeks to the ice bath. Let chill completely, about 1 minute. Transfer the leeks to a paper towel-lined sheet pan to drain, about 3 minutes.
  2. Drizzle the leeks with the olive oil and toss to coat. Roast the leeks until they become slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, green garlic and lemon zest to make a vinaigrette.
  4. Remove the leeks from the oven and transfer to a platter. Spoon the vinaigrette over the leeks and garnish with the black pepper and tarragon. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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