Grilled Leeks with Cara Cara Orange-infused Butter
Grilling brings out the mild taste of leeks and when you add a tangy orange sauce, the flavor shines through.
- 4 leeks
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
See recipe for Cara Cara Orange Butter
Start cleaning leeks by slicing off the tough green leaves. Then slice off the root end and cut down the middle from top to bottom. Most leeks are grown in sand, so the tight leek layers have hidden layers of sand. It is important to clean these thoroughly.
Put leeks in a bowl of cold water and agitate them to loosen the dirt. Then rinse them individually and shake them dry. Make sure to check the outer layers for sand. If you find some, repeat this process thill they are clean. Let them dry for a half-hour, cut side down on a paper towel.
Preheat grill. It is important for your grill to be hot when you place the leeks on them. After leeks are dry, drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the leeks on the hot grill cut side down for ten minutes (6-7 if the leeks are very small). They should get some nice dark color which turns them sweet. Once they have a good amount of color, turn them over to ensure they cook all the way through.
Depending on the size of the leek, total cooking should take 10-20 minutes. Serve them with Cara Cara butter or herbed vinaigrette, alongside any protein you like!