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 350¾F and fry leeks until brown and crispy.
Remove with slotted utensil to paper towels and drain well.
Source: Coastal Cooking with John Shields (Broadway,
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