Leeks: The other day, I asked my husband to pick up some green onion while he was at the store. He came home with a single, giant leek. I couldn’t harp on him too badly, leeks are members of the onion family, and they do appear to be green onions on steroids. However, leeks are quite different in that they can be enjoyed not just as an add-in, but as a standout veggie in dishes. Leeks are great in soup with potatoes, but if you want to get a little more adventurous, try them as a side dish. Tear back the outer leaves of the leeks and discard. They are tough and not so tasty. Then finely slice the rest of the leek. Put it into a pan with garlic and butter, and sauté. Throw in some wine or chicken broth and simmer, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Pears: Pears are really a fall food, but their season does carry on all the way through spring. There are many different types of pears, but the types that taste best in winter are Bosc and Anjou. These are the ones that take on a more “winter” look. They’re brown and red as opposed to the yellow and green of a Bartlett pear. Bosc pears keep their shape well when cooked; that’s why they’re perfect for desserts! Poach your peeled pear in orange or apple juice over the stove until fork tender. Then, remove it from the pot and drizzle with caramel sauce.
Brussles Sprouts: Remember as a kid, Brussels sprouts were the bane of your existence? I never had that problem. My mom covered ours in butter, and, well, I’d eat anything if you covered it in butter. Look for sprouts that have the stem on, and aren’t withered or brown. You want a vibrant green color. When you’re ready to cook, cut off the stem end so you have a flat part on one side, and then pull a few of the outside leaves off. Put them in a pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and a little chicken broth. Roast at 375 in the oven until they’re browned. Dallas Food Logistics promises you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how tasty these little guys can be!
Mandarins and Clementines: These are kid favorites. These sweet little orange-like treats are seedless and easy to peel, making them a great snack for on-the-go eating. They hit their peak season in December and stay tasty through winter. There’s no real way to prepare these little guys. Just peel, eat, and enjoy.
You can count on your friendly Dallas Food Logistics drivers to get these foods to you fast and fresh, and then you can use these ideas or others to serve up delicious seasonal treats. Winter is on its way out, and while you might be ready for the warmer weather, make the most of what’s left of the chilly season by enjoying the beautiful produce that grows best in it.