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Your bank holiday lunch needs this leek and rice bake


By Meg Walker
29th Oct 2018
Your bank holiday lunch needs this leek and rice bake

I love this dish, which I also make with courgettes. It started off as a pie encased in filo pastry; but then one day I didn’t have any filo pastry in the freezer and I made it without, and it is just as good, although different. I like to serve this tortino surrounded, or covered, with Pomodorini Arrostiti or Roasted Cherry Tomatoes. For this dish you need only the white part of the leeks and the inside pale green leaves (keep the green foliage for a soup).

Tortino di Porri e Riso

Leek and Rice Bake

Serves 4
400g leeks, trimmed and cut into 5mm rounds
85g arborio rice
2 eggs
100ml extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp dried breadcrumbs

Method
Put the leeks in a sink of cold water. Wash thoroughly, removing any earth, drain and put in a bowl. Add the rice.

Lightly beat the eggs and add to the bowl together with half the oil, 3 tbsp of the Parmesan and salt and pepper. Mix well – hands are the best tool for the job. Leave the mixture to rest for about 1 hour: the rice and the leeks will absorb some of the liquid and soften up.

Heat the oven to 160°C fan/180°C/gas mark 4.

Grease an oven dish with some of the remaining oil and spoon in the mixture. Mix together the remaining Parmesan and the breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top. Drizzle with the remaining oil and bake for 45-50 minutes. Taste by inserting the point of a knife into the middle and dig out a few grains of rice. They should be tender. Remove the dish from the oven and leave to rest for a few minutes before serving.

 

Extracted from Vegetables all’Italiana by Anna Del Conte (Pavilion Books, approx €23). Photograph by Laura Edwards.