Braised Leeks
type: Side Dish
author: Julia Child, The Way to Cook
prep time: 10 mins
cook time: 30 mins
total time: 40 mins
serves: 4
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter an oven proof baking dish big enough to hold the leeks.
  3. Prepare the leeks by cutting off the root end, leaving the end in tact. Cut off the stiff green tops of the leeks, leaving them 6-7 inches long. Cut off any remaining stiff green leaves at their base. Slit the leeks in half lengthwise, stopping at the white part. Turn an quarter turn and slit again. If the leeks are large, cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Arrange the leeks cut side down in the buttered baking dish. Pour in water to come halfway up the leeks, salt lightly, and place a dot of butter on top. Cover with buttered wax paper and foil and either simmer for 15-20 minutes on the stovetop (what I did), or bake 30-40 minutes in the oven.
  5. Serve Hot
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