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    Scorched leeks with tomato and caper dressing

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes

    Serves: 4 as a side


    4 leeks
    2 tbsp olive oil
    270g cherry tomatoes, halved
    2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
    1 large garlic clove, sliced
    2 tbsp red wine vinegar
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    handful basil leaves, torn


    1. Slice the leeks into roughly 6cm lengths. Steam over briskly simmering water for 6-8 minutes (or 10-12 minutes if very thick), until tender to the point of a knife. Drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper. Coat with 1 tbsp olive oil and season.

    2. Put a non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add the leeks in a single layer (in batches if necessary) and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, turning with tongs until well-coloured all over. Remove to a plate and keep warm. Wipe the pan out with kitchen paper.

    3. Return the pan to a high heat with the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook briskly for about 3 minutes, tossing the pan, until beginning to char and soften. Add the capers and garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, then add the red wine vinegar. Allow to cook for a minute or so, until very little liquid remains. Remove the pan from the heat and add the extra virgin olive oil and basil; season. The cherry tomatoes should by now have softened to make a rough dressing. Spoon over the cooked leeks to serve.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, January 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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