Marinated Grilled Leeks

Total Time:
24 hr 12 min
24 hr
12 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 1 fresh Serrano chili, seeded and chopped (wear rubber gloves)
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, toasted lightly
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lime zest
  • 3 leeks, trimmed to about 6 inches, split lengthwise, the roots trimmed, the tough outer leaves discarded, and the leeks washed well
  • In a blender blend together the jalapeno, the vinegar, the mustard, the sugar, the salt, and the hot sauce with the motor running add the oil in a stream, and blend the dressing until it is smooth. Transfer the dressing to a large shallow dish and stir in the caraway seeds and the zest.

  • In a kettle of salted boiling water simmer the leeks for 7 to 10 minutes, or until they are just tender, and with tongs transfer them to paper towels to drain. Brush the cut sides of the leeks lightly with some of the dressing and grill the leeks, cut sides down, on a rack set about 6 inches over glowing coals for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the leeks to the dish of dressing, turning them to coat them well, and let them marinate, covered and chilled, overnight. Serve the leeks at room temperature.

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