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Sous Vide Leek

Belonging to the allium family like onions and garlic, leeks are vegetables that are commonly used as a garnish or flavoring for dishes. It is most popular for its mild and sweet onion like taste when cooked, as well as its crunchy and firm texture when raw. Many recipes use this versatile vegetable as an additional ingredient to soups, stock, stir fries and more.

Keeping the best qualities of leeks such as its texture and taste can be tricky. Often, it is a choice of having the delicate cooked flavor or its texture and firmness when raw. Sous vide allows the best of both worlds for this leafy vegetable. Like other fruits and veggies, leeks can be prepared sous vide style using precise heat control and slow cooking.

The combination of low heat and slow cooking allows the leeks to become cooked removing the strong taste that it has in its raw state. At the same time, it allows the leeks to retain some of their crunchiness, giving it a unique texture. Also, the sous vide method can make leeks tender without causing it to disintegrate or become mushy like when it is cooked traditionally. Best of all, this technique also allows vegetables to retain more vitamins and minerals.

In the same manner as most vegetables, sous vide leeks are held at 183°F or 83.9°C. These are cooked anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes according to the size and desired doneness of the leeks. Sous vide leeks can be seasoned with any desired spices or ingredients during cooking to help enhance its flavor. These may also be cooked as is and stored for future use. This makes leeks prepared using sous vide a versatile vegetable that is suitable as a dish in itself or a garnish.

Like traditionally prepared leeks, sous vide leeks will nicely go with a wide variety of foods including fish, meat, poultry, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, beets, lemon, thyme, parsley, red wine and more.

Sous Vide Leek Recipes and Articles

Sous Vide Leek Salad

This sous vide leek salad is great as a starting or side course for a poached fish or roasted chicken. Cooking the leeks in the sous vide bath renders them very tender and mild.

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