In the spirit of the holiday season, and family gatherings, I will attempt to offend no one with this week’s recipe. No sarcasm. No bite. No improper innuendo. No jabs at Americana. Or even Mexicana for that matter. Nope. Just boring facts about leeks, which will be easy to do, because leeks are boring. Like onions, garlic, scallions and chives, leeks are member of the Allium family. Sure, they’re good with potatoes in vichyssoise (if you like cold soup), and they’re good for making a stock (when combined with other ingredients), but on their own they’re the subtle and boring member of the family.
If the onion is the relative that comes to your holiday dinner only to make everyone cry, and garlic is the family member that shows up only to make a stink about everything, then leeks are the demure one that shows up and keeps quiet. The one who says very little, but then helps with the dishes. Yes, leeks may boring, but they’re reliable. And with some salty pancetta and Parmigiano over pasta, they’re a delicious and understated change of pace. You definitely want a few leeks in your holiday mix. I can tell you from experience, too many onions and garlics make for too much drama. So believe me, this holiday season, the more leeks the merrier!
Buon Appetito and Happy Holidays!
p.s. Check out our wine pairings to complement this dish.