These are fantastic as a side dish for a BBQ lunch or to accompany a main dish. They are wonderfully sweet and have a slightly smokey flavour from being cooked on the grill and are very quick and easy to prepare.
- 4 leeks
- 1 lemon (optional)
- Olive oil
- Add your favourite nuts and herbs to serve
- Warm a skillet grill or a BBQ grill up to a medium temperature. If the leeks are too long to fit on your grill, crop them back at the tops and keep the roots on at the base as this will help to hold the leeks together while they are grilling.
- Thoroughly wash the leeks and slice directly down the middle; producing two halves, they can be tied together at the top end with kitchen twine if they start to easily come apart. Brush on a little olive oil on the cut side and place directly onto the grill.
- Using a spatula gently push the leeks down so they make good contact with the grill. Meanwhile, add a cut in half lemon to the grill and cook for 5-10mins until nice char marks appear.
- Gently flip the leeks over after 5-10 mins, looking for a nice soft caramelization rather than charring them completely.
- Once the other side is cooked for 5-10mins further, chop off the root base and discard the kitchen twine tie. If you’re using really thick leeks place them in the oven for a further 10-15mins cooking at 180 degrees to thoroughly cook them through in the middle.
- Serve on a platter with a squeeze of the grilled lemon, salt and pepper and a sprinkle of your favourite nuts, seeds and herbs (toasted hazelnuts, pepitas seeds and herbs like parsley work well).