Crispy Fried Leek Rings

TROY RAY

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A whimsical twist on Onion Rings! This treat is delightful as a side, on burgers, or tossed in a salad or on top of your favorite soup!


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Serves:

2 to 4

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Ingredients

1 large
leek
3/4 c
self rising flour [you may need an additional tablespoon or two for the correct consistency of batter]
1/2 c
whole milk or buttermilk
2 Tbsp
shallots, grated fine on a microplane
1 Tbsp
cornstarch [plus extra to "dredge" sliced leek rings]
1 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 tsp
white pepper, ground
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper, optional
3 c
peanut oil [approximate - enough for frying]

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Slice leek from the bottom [white] part to where the stalk becomes light / medium green in 3/8" to 1/2" rings. Carefully separate them into separate rings, discarding the tight, white centers.
2
Immerse rings in ice water and clean carefully. Remove, drain and carefully pat dry.
3
"Dredge" rings in cornstarch. Set aside.
4
Preheat peanut oil to 375 degrees.
5
Place flour in a bowl and whisk in milk. Add grated shallot. The batter should be the consistency of thin pancake batter. When you've achieved this, whisk in remaining ingredients.
6
Coat leek rings [in small batches] with the batter. Shake of excess and drop in oil and fry until deep, golden brown. Drain and sprinkle with sea or kosher salt while hot. Repeat steps until all rings are complete.
7
Fantastic on their own as a side dish, but equally as delicious on a burger, in a salad, or as a topping for soup. Enjoy!