Charred Leeks

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Serves4 people
Vegans Gluten-free diets

Love me tender, love me leeks. Use this magic trick to get the tenderest leeks. A great one to try on your barbecue in summer. Gorgeous as a side to a roast, or pair with a herby ricotta or poached eggs and hollandaise for a wicked salad.


  • A bundle of leeks
  • A gloss of olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • A squeeze of lemon, if you like
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1. Preheat your grill to its highest setting. Set a baking tray under it to heat up.
2. Give your leeks a good wash – make sure you get all the grit that might have snuck down into the layers. See our How to Prep a Leek video online for tips. Keep the rooty ends intact.
3. Arrange your leeks on the heated tray in a single layer. Let them really char on the tops with a few crisp black bits on the outside. It’ll take 10-15 mins, or a little longer if your leeks are quite chunky.
4. Pile onto a big board or serving platter. Gloss with olive oil. Dust with salt and pepper. To eat: Just strip off any blacked bits and inside you’ve got the most tender leeks ever.
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