Every month we choose an exceptional ingredient and showcase just how special it is with supplier stories and unique recipes designed to get the best out of these star products – this month it’s British leeks
With their creamy, mellow flavour and distinctive oniony tang, leeks are a great seasonal accompaniment to March meals.
A versatile vegetable from the allium family, they work equally well smothered in cheese sauce and served alongside a roast dinner as they do drizzled with olive oil and griddled with fresh fish for a lighter spring bite. See some of our favourite ways to serve them in the recipes below, but, if you want to make something befitting St David's Day (1 March) this month, try our recipe for creamy Cawl Cennin soup with Welsh rarebit toasts.
6 leeks, trimmed and washed
3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 sprigs of thyme
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
400g shortcrust pastry
1 egg, beaten
Leeks are wonderfully versatile and can stand up to strong flavours like mature cheese and pickles. Get creative with tasty ideas using this month's best vegetable on our Cook with M&S app, like this zingy leek with tarragon vinaigraitte.
Enjoy recipes from the Cook with M&S app like this Jersey Royal, smoked mackerel and beetroot bake
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