Two popular umami flavors of leek and Parmesan cheese join forces in this savory side dish. A fresh whole leek is cut lengthwise and smothered in a Parmesan and butter mixture, then baked until tender. This is an easy yet elegant dish that allows the sweet and mild oniony flavor of the leek to shine through, with the salty Parmesan adding another layer of flavor.
The recipe below is very simple to make and uses only five ingredients. The magic takes place in the oven, as the leek becomes soft and sweet, and the Parmesan turns into a slight crust on the outside. This dish is ideal for impressing a date for a romantic night at home, or even as a quick, pick-me-up in the middle of the day.