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A perfect appetizer for your next dinner party, or just a fancy night in!


1. Leek and Blue Cheese Toasts


  • 3 Large leeks, white and pale green parts, cleaned and sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing toasts
  • Coarse Salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • 6 1/2 slices baguette
  • 2 Ounces blue cheese, crumbled

1. Turn oven to a broil.
2. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, place oil and butter. When the butter is melted and sizzling, stir in leeks. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat down the low and cover. Simmer for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
3. Meanwhile, with a pastry brush, brush oil onto bread slices. Sprinkle some salt on the slices. Broil in oven until slices are light toasted. Divide blue cheese among toasts evenly, and then divide leeks evenly on top of the slightly melted cheese. Let cool for a minute or two before serving.

Recipe Credit: Smitten Kitchen.

Other Recipes:
2. Asparagus and Leek Frittata
3. Tarragon-Leek Soup
4. Pasta with Leeks and Lemon

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:38AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Love to grill them!

4:26AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Thank you for the good info and great recipes.

1:15AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013


10:54PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Yes Leeks are very useful! Thank you

7:08AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

4:06AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thanks for the recipes :) I LOVE leeks!

8:54PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013


3:34PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Leeks are delicious!

11:20PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Love leeks thanks for these

12:41AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

YUM! i love leeks...thanks for all the recipes!

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