\ 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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The popular chef was whipping up a creamy wild mushroom-leek pasta. David Farkas, cleveland.com, "Chef Rocco Whalen kicks off Cuyahoga County Public Library’s ‘Charlie Cart’ nutrition education program," 28 June 2019 Add leek mixture, pine nuts, and radishes to couscous and stir to combine. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Pearl Couscous With Leeks and Peas," 18 Mar. 2019 In a large soup pot, combine onions, cabbage, bell pepper, celery, carrots, leek, dry soup mix, parsley and dill. 2. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Singer Steve Lawrence a favorite for Father’s Day memories," 14 June 2019 Dress up a classic summer barbecue side with buttery leeks. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Leek Potato Salad," 29 May 2019 With the root still intact, halve the leeks lengthwise, running the plant under cool water to wash away any bits of dirt or sand. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Soups, gratins, panna cotta and more great recipe ideas for leeks, now in season," 9 Mar. 2018 For the nicoise-style soup, fresh fennel, leek and crisp, white onions are sauteed in good French olive oil. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "2 do-ahead fish soup bases make for easy dinner parties — just add garnishes at the end," 6 Feb. 2018 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

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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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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


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Kids Definition of leek

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

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