Leeks slow-cooked in olive oil

Leeks slow-cooked in olive oil

Zeytinyağlı pırasa

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From
Istanbul
Serves
4
Photographer
Steven Joyce

There is a whole group of Turkish dishes known as zeytinyağli dishes, which means both ‘olive oil’ and ‘cooked in olive oil’, and this is just one of the vegetables you can treat this way. Root vegetables, green beans, brassicas and leafy greens can all be cooked submerged in olive oil – long and slow, separately or mixed together. Plainer, less flavoursome vegetables are often cooked with carrots, onions and tomatoes in the same dish. They can come as a surprise to those of us who like vegetables just-cooked and crisp, but cooking vegetables this way turns them into comforting, silky dishes. Zeytinyağli dishes are mostly served cool, not hot, but I like them warm as well as chilled, too. You can also add the chopped leaves from a sprig or two of coarse herbs like thyme or rosemary to the braise, or add soft ones, like parsley, oregano or dill at the end, if you like.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
5 leeks
120ml olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
lemon juice, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160˚C. Remove the base and green tops of the leeks, plus the tough outer first and second layers. Slice each leek into 2.5 cm pieces. Rinse away any soil. Place the rounds standing up in an ovenproof baking dish, preferably with a lid.
  2. Pour over the olive oil, add 3 tablespoons water and sprinkle on the salt (if you are adding coarse herbs, do so now). Cover with a lid or tightly with foil and place in the oven. Cook for 1 hour or until the leeks are meltingly soft.
  3. Leave to cool slightly in the olive oil then lift out and serve with a little lemon juice. Serve either warm with fish dishes or lamb chops, or cool as part of a meze.
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