Leeks! Yay, leeks! Leeks are awesome, and because of that, Brian and I did an entire podcast episode about them. This Bacon Leek Melt is the recipe that we shared on said podcast.
This is one of my favorite fast dinners. I love bacon and I love leeks, what could possibly be bad about it?
I made it the day after a photog friend of mine and I went hurtling along the top of the Olympic Peninsula on an exciting adventure to shoot the sunset from the most North-westerly tip of the contiguous Untied States. It is very beautiful. You can check out our day-trip fun here.
*NOTE: if you are super insulin-resistant or have a lot of weight to lose, replace half the leeks with shredded cabbage to reduce the carb-load. Then it will be Bacon Leek Melt with Cabbage, but you won’t taste the cabbage, it will just be a little less leeky-flavored.
Now I’ve sat here looking t this picture for a little while as I typed I need to go make this for dinner.
Bacon Leek Melt
Author: Carrie Brown | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins | Serves: 10
What You Need
- 1 TBSP coconut oil or avocado oil
- 2 lb / 900g bacon, chopped roughly (highly recommend Trader Joe’s Bacon Ends & Pieces)
- 3 lb / 1350g trimmed leeks, thinly sliced crosswise (see *NOTE above)
- salt and ground pepper
- 1/2 cup / 4 fl oz. chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp. konjac flour / glucomannan powder
- 4 oz. / 110g cheddar cheese, grated
What You Do
- Melt oil in a large skillet over high heat.
- Add chopped bacon until lightly browned, 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
- Add sliced leeks on top of the bacon, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until leeks are tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the leeks start to brown, the heat is too high. The leeks should simply “melt” into soft strips.
- In a small dish, rapidly whisk the konjac flour and stock into a smooth mixture (slurry).
- Stir the slurry into the sautéed bacon and leeks and continue stirring until the mixture thickens.
- As soon as mixture thickens, remove from the heat and turn into a casserole or baking dish, or leave in the skillet if it one you can pop under the broiler.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese over the surface and broil (grill) until the top is bubbling and golden, 3 minutes.
Top Recipe Tips
- Konjac flour takes a minute or two to thicken, so don’t panic if it doesn’t immediately turn thick like cornstarch would. A little patience, like a little konjac flour, goes a long way.
- Check out the Ingredients Guide for information on ingredients.
- Where Are The Macros and Nutritional Info?
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