|FFWD ~ Leeks Vinaigrette with Mimosa|
I’ve never eaten leeks as a vegetable! Although, they add exceptional flavor to soups and stews, I have never thought of serving them as a side dish. That is until this week! Our FF pick was Leeks Vinaigrette with Mimosa. According to Dorie, this dish is a classic, served at the hippest places including the wine bar/wine shop "Le Verre Volé".
As I read Dories description of this dish, it transported me back to my very first, short visit to Paris years ago. We spent the morning touring the Louvre, and stopped at a very cute cafe along the Seine, to have lunch. I felt so chic and sophisticated. After we ate, we took a stroll along the river. That’s when I realized I was anything but worldly. I noticed many sunbathers soaking up the sun…all of them with little or no clothes on. Funny how fast that Catholic schoolgirl came out…and how unaffected I would have been by that same site today. C'est la vie!
|This was an unusually delicious dish|
Back on track...Dorie’s recipe for this dish is quite simple to make. The hardest part for me was finding very young tender leeks. The only leeks I could find were pretty thick. I bought enough for half the recipe…no way was my hubby going to try this one. As I read the recipe through, I was baffled by the word Mimosa. I had never heard of such an ingredient. In actuality, it refers to the grated hard cooked egg that resembles the yellow mimosa flower. This dish would make a wonderful light lunch, accompanied by some rustic bread, or as an attractive starter for a dinner party. I would even add it to a brunch menu.
The recipe calls for a very tasty vinaigrette, made from a combination of walnut and olive oil, sherry vinegar, and Dijon mustard whisked together until the dressing is emulsified. It is then poured over the leeks, that have been simmered until fork tender. Sprinkle on your grated hard boiled egg, and serve!
I really enjoyed the flavors of this unusual dish, and would definitely make it again! I already knew Bill wouldn’t touch it. He walked into the kitchen wondering what that awful smell was…referring to the vinaigrette…somethings never change! Happy Friday everyone! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook “Around My French Table” or here where it has been published. Check out how the other Doristas did with this one here.
|Very tasty vinaigrette|
|Cooking the bundled leeks till fork tender|
|Leeks Mimosa…a winner for me|