Leeks with roast chicken?
I'm roasting a chicken tonight, and have some leftover leeks that need a-usin'... can these be roasted with the rest of my veg (sweet potato, butternut, carrots and onions) or will they overcook. Should I cut them in large chunks rather than slices?
You can braise leeks a long time and they are wonderful. I think they would be terrific with a roast chicken. Here is what I would do:
- Trim them with about 2 inches of green left and cut them in half lengthwise. Salt and pepper them, then sear them in olive oil, face down, over moderately high heat.
- Face side up, either nestle them around the chicken or lay the chicken over them (or both, depending on how many leeks you have)
- Cook the chicken in your normal fashion. The leeks will braise in the cooking juices; you would even add a little white wine to the roasting pan.
Yum. I may have to do this now.