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Leeks Braised in Three Cheese Cream And Tarragon

OK, I know ya’ll are fed up with fish already… But no worries, the salmon is there only because I had to use it while the fillet was still fresh :) The real super star here is the leek! Yummylicious!

Braised leeks with steamed Norwegian salmon in wasabi soy sauce

The credits of this recipe go to Molly at Orangette, albeit she has adopted her recipe from Fresh from the Farmers”? Market. I further changed the recipe by adding the three cheeses. Mmm, cheesy :P

Leeks Braised in Three Cheese Cream And Tarragon

(Serves 1-2 as a side, 140-280 kcal / serving)

1 big leek (about 500 g / 1 lbs)
1,2 dl (1/2 cups) cream
some emmental, gouda and cheddar
(in Finland, simply buy Valio three cheese cream ;)
1,2 dl chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
salt, pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 190 C (375 F). Cut off the dark green tops of the leek and trim off the roots, halve the leek lenghtwise and rinse thoroughly. Place in a long baking dish.

Mix the cream, chicken broth and tarragon. Grate a little bit of each cheese and mix with the sauce. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour the cream mixture over the leeks and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, turn the leeks over and bake another 45 minutes, until the leeks are golden brown.

Serve hot.


6 Responses to “Leeks Braised in Three Cheese Cream And Tarragon”  

  1. 1 Pille

    Oh well. Just when I’ve given up on the idea of making a delicious mushroom tart with three different cheese, then you post a recipe and fab picture of leeks braised in three cheese cream! I feel so very much deprived now…

  2. 2 Antti

    Sorry Pille, that was completely unintentional :) I obviously read your nutrition-nazi posting, but somehow missed the connection with your abandoned mushroom tart project. And believe or not, I’m on a (serious) diet, and those leeks were in line with that :P

  3. 3 pagisija

    “in Finland, simply buy Valio three cheese cream”

    Have you actually tried that? I’ve been interested but somewhat sceptical; the stuff sounds almost too good to be true, both light and cheesy ;)…

  4. 4 Antti

    Pagisija: Yes, I used that for those leeks in the picture. I really liked the taste of the finished dish: the cheese aroma wasn’t overpovering, but rather subtle. I’d say it was better than it would’ve been with regular unflavored cream.

  5. 5 MM

    A diet that involves cream cheese … I like …

  6. 6 Antti

    MM, hehe, I like that too ;) It’s not what you eat, but how much you eat it… But to be honest, all my recipes (don’t even look at Anna’s ;) are really low fat and low calorie if you give them a closer look… Lotsa veggies too. Mmm, me likey veggies!

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