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Steamed Leeks with Burrata

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Steamed leeks with burrata and basil is a winning combination that can be served as an appetizer or side dish!

Steamed Leeks with Burrata - a low carb side dish or appetizer recipe

 

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I've always loved leeks – but as part of the onion familiar they're mid-range in carbohydrate count when compared to other vegetables – one medium leek contains about 11g net carbs. But I do serve them on special occasions, either with a blue cheese sauce or a white sauce.

That is, until I discovered how wonderfully they paired with basil and burrata! You can serve this dish as an appetizer or side dish – and it will certainly get people talking! The super creamy burrata is a fantastic union with the soft leeks and the aniseedy basil. 

Steamed Leeks with Burrata - a low carb side dish or appetizer recipe

Please note that this recipe contains just under 7g net carbs per serving, so may not be suitable for anyone following a keto diet.

How to Make Steamed Leeks with Burrata

Trim and halve the leeks lengthways and then in half. I used 3 large leeks that after trimming ended up about 12 ounces in weight.

Steamed Leeks with Burrata - a low carb side dish or appetizer recipe

Steam them until tender – I use a microwave vegetable steamer which is perfect for leeks.

Steamed Leeks with Burrata - a low carb side dish or appetizer recipe

They need about 6-8 minutes on high, but it might vary for different microwaves and personal preferences. Transfer them to a serving platter, then season with salt and black pepper. Carefully add the burrata on top, grind a little more black pepper over, and sprinkle with finely sliced fresh basil leaves.

Steamed Leeks with Burrata - a low carb side dish or appetizer recipe

 

If you fancy being dramatic, cut open the burrata at the table so everyone can see the gorgeous creamy center spill out onto the leeks.

Steamed Leeks with Burrata - a low carb side dish or appetizer recipe

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Steamed Leeks with Burrata - a low carb side dish or appetizer recipe

Steamed Leeks with Burrata

Steamed Leeks with Burrata

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Steamed leeks with burrata and basil is a winning combination that can be served as an appetizer or side dish!

Ingredients

  • 3 large leeks, trimmed, halved lengthways, then in half across
  • salt and black pepper
  • 8 oz whole ball of burrata
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves, finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Steam the leeks until tender - about 6-8 minutes on high in a microwave vegetable steamer.
  2. Transfer the cooked leeks to a serving platter, then season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Carefully place the burrata on top of the leeks, add a little more black pepper, and garnish with basil.

Notes

6.7g net carbs per serving (quarter of the recipe)

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size Quarter of the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 200Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 45mgSodium 510mgCarbohydrates 7.7gNet Carbohydrates 6.7gFiber 1gSugar 2.5gProtein 13g

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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