Friday, May 9, 2014

Leeks Vinaigrette with Mimosa ~ FFWD

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
Bon appétit

24 comments:

  1. Looking good! I love the dressing!

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  2. These look delicious Kathy! and I love the pictures!!
    Happy mother 's day dear!

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  3. Ha! It's hard to convert the unadventurous eater, isn't it?

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  4. Being particluar must be a "Bill" thing. I am sure Liz would agree :-)
    This was really enjoyable, wasn't it?

    Happy Mother's Day.

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  5. I love this! I've seen two leek recipes today, and I've been thinking about doing a roasted leek post. I use leeks a lot, but not whole like this, I love your presentation!

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  6. I could easily eat this for lunch or dinner. It sounds wonderful!

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  7. Dear Kathy, I never ate leeks as a side either, though as you in soups and such.
    This certainly looks pretty and sounds easy enough and tasty.
    Have a beautiful Mother's Day! Blessings, Catherine

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  8. I love leeks but I always think of them as very ordinary - you've made them into a wonderful elegant dish!
    Mary

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  9. Happy mother's day, Kathy!!! I'm glad you have a picky Bill, too...makes me feel better :) My first time to Europe I was in my 20's and my parents took me to the Lido near Venice...same thing, lots of topless sun bathers. I was happy being over dressed in a bikini :)

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  10. Enjoyed your little story about Paris, I have yet to got but on the bucket list. I am glad you liked the leeks.

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  11. Just gorgeous pictures, Kathy. Have you already taken your photography course? Love the color of the cloth with the leeks. I am stumbling with my photos. I can't seem to manipulate them to my liking. Oh, well, back to this recipe. I loved it and, like you, had never served leeks before. Very Parisian, with or without clothes. Right? Nicely done. Happy Mother's Day to you.

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  12. I loved them and yes, I was thinking sophisticated brunch too. And guess what? You could serve them with champagne at brunch too!

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  13. We love leeks. I like them in salad or stir-fries. This looks so tasty with that beautiful dressing, Kathy.

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  14. Kathy I used to sneak it into my stir fries, but last year we grew them in the garden and I just had to make it into a side dish one day and my husband was blown away how delicious young leeks can be. Mine was nowhere as fancy as this one though. When I saw mimosa, I thought of the flower naturally - oh I would love this dish it's so colorful and inviting.

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  15. We have to chime in with our love for leeks, and yours look deliciously beautiful, Kathy! Wish we could find more often tender leeks too :)

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  16. Hi Kathy! I really love leeks but not on their own so I decided to skip this week's recipe. But I did try the vinaigrette with my salad today and it was amazing! Have a great weekend!

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  17. Like you, I typically use leeks IN things, not as the main event, even for a side. It works, though, doesn't it? I thought this was delicious, even with big leeks. Happy Mother's Day and bon weekend!

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  18. After seeing this on several FFWD blogs, I bought baby leeks at the farmers market yesterday so that I can make it! Yours look wonderful! Hope things are quieting down for you a blitz, xo

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  19. I too have only had leeks in other recipes, usually soup. In fact, I had to create a new board (leeks, garlic, onions) when I pinned this. We always get lots of leeks from the CSAs so this will be a must try this summer. Now I can hardly wait!

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  20. Hmmm I'm pretty sure I've never eaten leeks on their own either!! What a great dish!

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  21. I have never eaten leeks on their own! Such a brilliant idea!

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  22. Love the wonderful leek vinaigrette, it is such an awesome ingredient :D
    Also my friend I need to resubscribe, where should I sign up?

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  23. Beautiful very French bowl of leeks in vinaigrette-I would love to try a bite of this chic veggie dish!
    I'm ready for a rip to Paris-feeling way overdue for a walk along the Seine ;)
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day and are enjoying your week!

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  24. Loved your post, Kathy. Such a sweet story about Paris, from your past! What an elegant side dish with the leeks, and the pretty garnish; not to mention the yummy vinaigrette!
    Thank you for the Mother's Day wishes, hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day my dear friend! Hugs,

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