Mild, oniony leeks are delicious in everything from savory tarts to potato soup. The only problem? The veggie's many layers can trap a lot of grit--something you don't want to crunch down on during dinner. To get them really clean, give this quick and easy method a shot.
Step 1: Trim off the root end and the tough dark green leaves.
Step 2: Cut in half lengthwise.
Step 3: Slice crosswise into small pieces.
Step 4: Swish the leeks around in a bowl of cool water, then let 'em soak. As they sit, the grit will sink. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon, being careful not to disturb the dirt.
Try it out with our Leek and Goat Cheese Tart.