Course : Vegetables
Serves: 4
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2 Pounds leeks (6 medium)

Preparation / Directions:

When shopping, look for white bulbs with pliable, crisp green tops. To Prepare: Remove green tops to within 2 inches of white part (reserve greens for soup or stew). Peel outside layer of bulbs. Wash leeks several times in cold water; drain. Cut large leeks lengthwise into fourths.To Boil: Heat 1 inch water (salted, if desired) to boiling. Add leeks. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Boil 12 to 15 minutes or until tender; drain.To Steam: Place steamer basket in 1/2 inch water (water should not touch bottom of basket). Place leeks in basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Steam 13 to 15 minutes or until tender.To Microwave: Place leeks and 1/4 cup water in square microwavable dish, 8 X 8 X 2 inches. Cover tightly and microwave on high 6 to 7 minutes, rotating dish 1/2 turn after 3 minutes, until tender. Let stand covered 1 minute; drain.

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