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12 ways to get creative with leek

As a cousin of onion and garlic, leeks add a wonderfully subtle flavour to a range of delicious dishes. Try our favourite recipes for leek tart, soup, risotto, pie and more

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    How to prepare leeks

    Leeks can be used a milder alternative to onions. But it's really important to get the dirt out of the layers before cooking.

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    Leek, goat’s cheese, walnut and sage tart

    Perfect enjoyed for lunch or for dinner, this scrumptious leek, goat’s cheese, walnut and sage tart recipe creates a sensational vegetarian meal that's simple and easy to make

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    Leek, Parmesan and prosciutto tarts

    In this Nici Wickes tart recipe, soft and sweet leeks combine with the tang of Parmesan and saltiness of prosciutto. These tarts are easy to make and yet look and taste quite spectacular

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    Creamy chicken & leek pie

    A homemade pie is a thing of beauty, and this chicken and leek pie is simply amazing. If you’re short on time, you can use store-bought pastry or a ready-roasted chicken, but I never cheat with the white wine sauce – this is what makes the filling so creamy!

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    Leek, bacon and egg tarts

    Create a delicious family meal with this tasty leek, bacon and egg tart. Paired with a green salad and a glass of crisp white wine, this tart is perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

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    Braised baby leeks

    Baby leeks are sweeter and less stringy than the grown-up version. Braising them in this way gives them a beautifully soft texture. Serve alongside your next roast dinner with all the trimmings.

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    Potato and leek soup

    A fabulous creamy, vegetarian- and child-friendly winter meal. Serve with croutons or warm crusty bread.

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    Leek and kumara risotto

    This leek and vegetable risotto recipe creates a quick, tasty dinner filled with kumara, peas and parmesan. Try this hearty, budget-conscious meal for dinner tonight!

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