Smoked Paprika Grilled Leeks

Photographs by Angie Norwood Browne

Smoked Paprika grilled Leeks

6 leeks, small to medium diameter

2 T. olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

2-3 tsp. sherry vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. Spanish smoked paprika

1-2 tablespoon high quality, extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped

2 1/2 T. pine nuts, toasted

Trim the dark green tops off the leeks (the pale green and white are what’s wanted here).  Trim the roots as needed, leaving the base intact. Cut the remainder in half lengthwise.   Run under water to wash.  Place halved leeks face up on a large plate.  Brush generously with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and 1 tsp. of the chopped thyme.  Set aside as the grill heats.

Grill leeks over low-medium heat on a grill or stove-top grill pan.  The goal is to slowly cook the leek through, allowing the flesh to soften and become sweet before the outside is charred.

Return grilled leeks to the plate, face up.  Mix together sherry vinegar, and 1 T. of the high quality olive oil with a dash of salt and pepper. Drizzle over leeks and add an even sprinkle of smoked paprika. Let leeks marinate briefly (or longer if you’d like) at room temperature.  Serve on individual tapas size plates or a single platter.  Just before serving, garnish with remaining thyme, pine nuts and a final drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe and Food Styling by Patty Wittmann


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy

One comment

  1. Shannon Hancock

    So glad I found your blog. The photography is beautiful!

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