Monday Night Martha: Leeks with Eggs and Cheese
We woke up Sunday morning determined to use up these three massive leeks that had been sitting in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator for nearly a week. This dish calls for onions but leeks are a kindler, gentler counterpart. We think if you actually made this dish with onions, the taste might be overpowering.
Whenever you cook with leeks, an important step to remember is to wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt. Then lightly dry to remove excess water. Only after rinsing and drying do you saute the leeks in butter until they are soft. This takes about 10-15 minutes.
Once the leeks are cooked, put them into the bottom of a baking dish. Then pour a layer of bread crumbs over it, and then a layer of cheese. The recipe online calls for Gruyere and Parmesan but we used a simple sharp cheddar. Then make little divots in the casserole dish for the eggs. Crack each egg in its own little nest, and then cover them up with another layer of bread crumbs and cheese. We should also mention that we were using Italian bread crumbs and the dish didn't suffer for it.