Leeks are easy to plant
- Prepare planting holes for seedlings by making a row of holes, approximately 5-6 inches deep, which should be about the height of your seedlings. Holes can be made using a shovel or broom handle. Place the holes approximately 5-inches apart.
- Place a single seedling in each hole. Verify roots of seedlings are at the bottom of each hole.
- Water seedlings very well. Filling each hole with water.
- Once water has soaked into the surrounding dirt; cover the seedlings with loose soil.
- I recommend pegging down horticultural fleece around the crop; protecting it from a light frost and pests.
- Only the very tip-top of each seedling should be exposed.
Harvesting mature leeksIf in heavy soil, use a fork-tool to lift the bulb and roots out of the ground. If loose soil, just pulling on the green stalk leaves, should do the trick.
Leeks in the kitchenBecause I LOVE their aroma and sweet flavor…I have made many dishes using leeks…
Elevate Your Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
- 3 lbs. Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut into 1/2" pieces
- 7 Tbsp butter
- 3 leeks, cut and chopped
- 1/3 cup warm milk
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Peel, wash and cut potatoes into 1/2" pieces. Place in a large pot and cover with water. Cook 15 minutes after reaching boiling point. Drain. Place back in pot, on low heat to evaporate all remaining liquid, this should take 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare leeks for cooking by cutting and slicing to make small pieces.
- Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Melt butter over medium-high heat.
- Once butter has melted, add chopped leeks. Saute, stirring often until leeks are bright green and soft.
- Add leeks to already drained potatoes.
- Add 4 -5 more tablespoons of butter to potato/leek mixture.
- Add 1/3 cup of warm milk.
- Mash and stir potatoes until combined.
- Season with salt and pepper.
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