2tablespoonsparmesan cheesevegetarian or vegan versions if required
salt and pepper
Trim and discard the tough top green part of the leeks and cut the rest into 4inch (approx) sticks, then cut each stick in half lengthways. Run them under cold water vertically so any dirt is
Run them under cold water vertically so any dirt is flushed out.
Heat a griddle pan or bbq grill until hot.
Brush the leeks with the oil. Place into the hot griddle pan (cut side down to start) and cook for a few minutes on each side or until they begin to char and soften.
Serve with a drizzle of lemon juice, sprinkling of parmesan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Perfect as an easy side dish.
Make sure your leeks are fully washed as per the instructions above as if there is any dirt left behind, it still sticks around when you cook them.When buying leeks, make sure you buy the ones that have the richest green color as those are the ones that have the most flavor.The greens that are chopped off from the top of the leaves can be used in vegetable stock, so do not throw them away!Top the leeks with a mixture of fresh herbs for even more bright flavor.Add a pinch of cayenne on top for slightly spicy grilled leeks.Use butter or vegan butter in place of the olive oil for a rich buttery taste.Feel free to mix up the spice combination when seasoning your grilled leeks. For instance, drizzle with lime juice and Mexican seasoning for a twist on the flavor.