Leeks with Lemon and Dill

This simple take on a classic sweet and savory Turkish side dish is great in sandwiches, over grilled meats or fish, stirred into scrambled eggs or simply spooned on toasted pita bread as part of a meze platter. If you have feta on hand, sprinkle a little over the leeks in the serving bowl.

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TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 25 min
YIELD: 4 servings (about 2 cups)


  • 4 medium leeks (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced at an angle
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon; plus wedges, for serving
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
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Trim the ends and dark green tops from the leeks and discard. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Immerse the leeks in a bowl of cold water, swish to remove any grit and lift the leeks out into a colander. Clean the bowl, change the water and repeat until the water remains clear. You should have 6 cups leeks.

Add the leeks, carrots, oil and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper to a high-sided medium skillet over medium heat and bring to a steady sizzle, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 tablespoons water, bring to a simmer and cover. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Zest the lemon directly over the vegetables. Squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice into the mixture and stir in the dill. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature with lemon wedges.

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