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Gruyère-Crusted Leeks and Apples

I love the combination of leeks and apples…they pair well together and top it off with cheese – a match made in foodie heaven!  Leeks are related to garlic and onions and are chock-full of nutrients.  They have a delicate flavor and a sweeter taste than onions.  You may have noticed ‘ramps’ in the produce section of your grocery store.  Ramps are the wild version of leeks (smaller in size) and will have a stronger, garlicky flavor.  You may want to consider experimenting using ramps in this recipe while they are still in season.

Serves 4
adapted from Ripe

4 large leeks, white and light green parts only, quartered lengthwise
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
60ml (1/4 cup) dry white wine
60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable or chicken stock
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 medium Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored, halved and thinly sliced
90g (3/4 cup) packed shredded Gruyère cheese

Rinse leeks off under cool running water, spreading the layers to release any grit.  Blanch in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes.  Drain and then add ice water.  Drain again and squeeze dry between paper towels.

Combine the butter and olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.  When the butter melts, add the leeks and nutmeg.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sauté, turning occasionally with tongs, until the leeks become lightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Add the wine and stock, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently until very tender, about 5 minutes.  Add the cream, turn up the heat slightly, and let bubble until thickened, about 4 minutes. Tuck the apple slices among the leeks.  Sprinkle with the Gruyère.  Broil until the cheese melts and turns golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes (watch carefully so that it does not burn).  Serve immediately.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  Very addictive!

2 Responses to Gruyère-Crusted Leeks and Apples

  1. Marina@Picnic at Marina May 9, 2012 at 16:46 #

    Gruyère cheese is my favorite, and hence anything made with it. Lovely dish!

  2. The Culinary Chase May 15, 2012 at 14:20 #

    Thanks for visiting my site Marina. An easy dish packed with flavor. Cheers!