ROASTED GARLIC & LEEK BREAD CASSEROLE

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Ellen Bales

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@Starwriter

If you love garlic and leeks the way I do, you will love this scrumptious recipe. A little bit time-consuming but worth it! And a great way to use up your stale bread.
Recipe & Photo: eatingwell.com

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Serves:
6
Cook:
1 Hr 20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • 1 large
    head garlic
  • 3 Tbsp
    extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 c
    water plus 2 tbsp., divided
  • 8 slice
    stale bread, crusts removed
  • 4 c
    halved and thinly sliced leeks (about 2 large leeks), white & light green parts only
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher or sea salt, divided
  • 1 c
    shredded raclette or gruyere cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground pepper

How to Make ROASTED GARLIC & LEEK BREAD CASSEROLE

Step-by-Step

  1. Remove the outer skin from the garlic and place the head in a small baking dish. Drizzle with 1/2 tsp. oil. Add 1/4 inch water to the dish. Roast, uncovered, in a preheated 375-degree oven until tender but still firm, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, then peel the cloves. Thinly slice and set aside.
  2. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Place bread in a shallow heatproof dish large enough to hold it in a single layer. Pour in enough boiling water to nearly submerge it. Let stand until the bread is saturated, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the bread to a colander in batches and gently press out the liquid. The bread should be somewhat moist, but not dripping. Tear it into irregular pieces and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add leeks, 2 Tbsp. water and 1/4 tsp. salt. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are tender but still bright green, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the leeks to the bowl of bread along with the sliced garlic, 1-1/2 Tbsp. oil, cheese, thyme, pepper and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt; gently combine with your hands or a spoon.
  5. Spread the mixture into a shallow baking dish large enough to hold it in a 1-inch layer, such as a 9x13-inch pan. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tsp. oil.
  6. Bake until crisp and golden in spots, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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About ROASTED GARLIC & LEEK BREAD CASSEROLE

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: French
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtag: #high-fiber




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