leek

noun
\ ˈlēk How to pronounce leek (audio) \

Definition of leek

: a biennial garden herb (Allium porrum synonym A. ampeloprasum porrum) of the lily family that is commonly grown as an annual for its mildly pungent succulent linear leaves and especially for its thick cylindrical stalk

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While potatoes cook, brush leeks with 2 teaspoons oil, then place on grill cut sides down and grill, covered, until charred and nearly tender, 6 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Leek Potato Salad," 29 May 2019 While pork is cooking, on a large rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus and leeks with 1 Tbsp oil and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper and roast until tender and beginning to brown at the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Finely chop apricots. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork with Roasted Asparagus and Apricot Relish," 29 Apr. 2019 Thread shrimp, asparagus and leek rounds onto skewers. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Charred Shrimp, Leek, and Asparagus Skewers," 30 Apr. 2019 When the foaming has subsided, turn the heat to low and add the leeks. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Asparagus Soup with Perfect Sea Scallops from Alex Hitz," 14 Mar. 2014 Bonus: at least one love scene involving a rogue leek! Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "In honor of the Oscars, we asked Seattle chefs to name their picks for all-time Best Food Film," 20 Feb. 2019 Return bones to pot and simmer, uncovered, at least 1½ hours (and up to 4), adding leek tops for the final 30 minutes. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Grilled chopped duck liver ($11) looks like a wreath with half-moons of purple daikon, sesame seeds and white leek blossoms providing a brilliant contrast to a deep blue plate. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Che Fico lives up to hype as most anticipated newcomer," 8 June 2018 In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and cheeses; season with salt and pepper; and stir in reserved leek mixture. Pour into pan and cook until frittata sets around edges, about 5 minutes. Country Living, "Food & Drinks," 22 Dec. 2010

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First Known Use of leek

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leek

Middle English, from Old English lēac; akin to Old High German louh leek

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leek

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English Language Learners Definition of leek

: a vegetable that has long green leaves rising from a thick white base and that tastes like a mild onion

leek

noun
\ ˈlēk How to pronounce leek (audio) \

Kids Definition of leek

: a vegetable having leaves and thick stems which taste like a mild onion

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