Thursday, June 20, 2013

Alho Francês à Brás - Leeks and Potato Crisps

Living in the Hague, I had a lovely Portuguese roommate who taught me how to make this really quick, really easy student dish - leeks with potato crisps and eggs/cream. It was so simple and so delicious, I loved it and would wait for her to cook it again and again. She explained that the dish originally uses Bacalhau (codfish) but since that was harder to source in the Netherlands, we used leeks instead, which is a wonderful vegetarian alternative. The following recipe, I'm pasting here, in her words. :)
ok, so for a good quantity you would need:
2 bags of chips
2 leeks
1 onion
3/4 cloves of garlic
olive oil
2/3 eggs
black olives (optional)
coriander (optional)

You cook the sliced onion and garlic in the pan with olive oil until it turns golden and beautiful. then you add the pieces of leek and leave it there for maybe 10 min. Meanwhile you mix the eggs with some salt and black pepper (forgot to mention that) and prepare the chips (smash them), then add the chips to the leek and the eggs and mix it.
You might have to add some water through out the "process" so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan, then just cook it for another 5/7 min, and when it is done just serve it with the olives and coriander. 

The alternative, completely vegetarian option is to skip the eggs and use fresh cream instead. The vegan version would be to use soya cream. The end result is still great, and its quick and perfect for a busy student meal. :)

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