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Crispy Fried Leeks

1 large leek, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cups flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Vegetable oil for frying

Slice leek in half lengthwise and julienne-slice. As leeks are often sandy, wash them well in cold water, shake off excess, and dry very well with paper towels. Season the flour with salt and pepper; dust leek strips, shaking off excess flour. Pour oil into a frying pan to a depth of 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Heat the oil over medium high heat to about 350F and fry leeks until brown and crispy. Remove with slotted utensil to paper towels and drain well.

Source: Coastal Cooking with John Shields (Broadway, 2004)

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