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What Can You Do With Leftover Leeks? Make Leek Chips!

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Ready to munch!

Ready to munch!

Leek Chips

Leeks are a bit of a strange vegetable. It isn't the type of vegetable people just have on hand. Most of the time when you buy leeks, you're doing so for a specific recipe. So we often use only part of this flavorful food—and then just throw the rest of it away.

Often, I make soups with the bottom part of the leeks, but then I'm left with the unneeded tops. I got sick of throwing the tops away, and I wanted to find a way to use them. I don't like to waste food if I can avoid it.

These chips are the perfect solution. You can enjoy them with a salad or as a soup topping. They're equally delicious by themselves or with a dip. They have a light crunch and a crispy, distinguished onion flavor, so you don't even need to season them. They keep well in an airtight container. They are a nice, resourceful, and healthy vegan snack!

The only downside to making these chips is that it's a bit time-consuming. The chips take a long time to dry out, so plan to make them ahead if you need them as a garnish for another dish.

So stop throwing away those leek tops! Enjoy them with other foods or as a healthy snack on their own.

A great soup topping!  Stronger than scallions.

A great soup topping! Stronger than scallions.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

8 hours

8 hours 5 min

Yields 5 oz or more

Use a Food Dehydrator or an Oven

  1. Clean your leeks really well (they tend to be full of dirt/sand), use the tops to slice into square or rectangular shapes.
  2. If you are using an oven, line a baking pan with parchment paper and bake at 130 degrees (or on your lowest oven setting) for 8 hours.
  3. If you are using a food dehydrator, line the dehydrator with your leek slices and dehydrate for 8 hours at about a 115-130 degree setting.
  4. Enjoy as a snack with or without dip, or as a crispy, crunchy topping on salads or soup. Store in airtight containers or a sealed bag.

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