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How to Cook Welsh Vegetables

We’ve compiled our top tips for cooking our Blas y Tir Welsh vegetables in order to make sure you are getting the most out of our delicious veg…

LEEKS

Blas y Tir Leeks

Leeks are versatile, a great addition to any meal and one of the iconic Welsh vegetables. When cooked their sweet flavour adds depth to stews, soups and pasties, pairing well with root vegetables, cheeses and meats. If you’re inspired to use leeks in a delicious recipe, visit our RECIPES page!

How to prepare leeks…

Firstly, check out this guide from Good Housekeeping, showing how to prepare your leeks and cook simply:

Cooking leeks…

Leeks are both simple to prepare and simple to cook. We’ve compiled a list of the easiest and most popular cooking methods:

Boiled: Place the chopped leeks into a saucepan with just enough water to cover them. Add a vegetable stock cube and a sprig of fresh rosemary before bringing to the boil. Cover the pan and simmer on a low heat until the leeks are tender, about 10-12 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Grill: Instead of chopping the leeks finely, leave them in washed halves. Pre-heat the grill pan to a medium heat and brush the leeks with 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Place the leeks on top of the grill pan, turning occasionally until lightly browned, approximately 8-10 minutes.

Roast: Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Prepare the leeks but leave them in halves or quarters, or chop into thick slices. Grease or cover a baking tray with baking paper, then spread the leeks across, creating an even layer. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over the top of the leeks and add a generous pinch of sea salt flakes. Roast the leeks, turning or mixing half way through, and cook until browned and tender, between 10-15 minutes.

Saute: Thinly slice the leeks and add to a pan with 1 tablespoon of Welsh butter. Heat over a medium heat until softened and tender, approximately 5 minutes.

 

Cauliflower

Blas y Tir Cauliflower

Cauliflower provides a great base vegetable for many recipes, as well as being delicious on its own. The traditional Cauliflower can be bought loose or packed, but don’t be afraid of different varieties, these are just as delicious and can provide a pretty addition to the dinner table. You’re looking for tight white or purple heads without brown or yellow spots, with the green leaves firmly attached to the head.

How to prepare Cauliflower…

Check out this video from Presidents Choice with an easy guide of how to prepare Cauliflower.

How to cook Cauliflower…

There are many ways to cook Cauliflower, and if you’re looking for inspiration, why not check out our range of vegetable recipes! Check out the simple ways you can prepare Cauliflowers below…

Boil: Place the florets in a large saucepan and cover with water. add 1/2 a teaspoon of caraway seeds and a drop of white wine, cover and cook until tender (approximately 4 minutes).

Microwave: Place the florets in a large glass baking dish. Add 60ml of dry white wine. Cover tightly and microwave on high until tender, approximately 4 minutes.

Roast: Preheat the oven to 200°C. Spread the florets on a baking sheet, or in a large pan big enough to hold the florets in a single layer. Coat with 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper and roast. Turn the florets when halfway through cooking until they are tender and starting to brown, approximately 15 minutes.

Steam: Place the florets in a steamer over 4cm of water in a large pot set over a high heat. Cover and steam for 5 minutes.

 

Broccoli

Blas y Tir Welsh Vegetables Broccoli

Simple, quick and easy to prepare, broccoli is the go-to vegetables for busy families. Pair this delicious vegetable with peas and carrots and you’ve got the staple vegetable diet of the nation.

How to prepare broccoli…

This quick video below shows how easy it is to prepare broccoli, remember to use the stalk as well, its the sweetest part!

How to cook Broccoli…

As well as the generic boiled florets, broccoli can be even more delicious cooked in the following ways:

Microwave: Pop the chopped florets and stem into a large glass baking dish and cover the dish tightly with cling film. Microwave on a high heat for approximately 4 minutes until tender.

Roast: Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Spread the florets and stem on a baking sheet, creating a single layer. Cover with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and roast. Turn half way through roasting until the broccoli is tender and just starting to brown, approximately 10 minutes.

Steam: Firstly, place the stems in a steamer basket over 4cm of water in a large pan placed over a high heat. Cover and steam for 2 minutes. Add the florets after 2 minutes and cover. Continue to steam until tender, approximately 5 minutes.

One of the most delicious Welsh vegetables there is!

 

Potatoes

The Best Roasties

There’s a whole host of ways to cook delicious Blas y Tir Welsh potatoes, and we’re the right place for the advice! For ways to cook our delicious spuds visit our recipes page HERE!

Remember, if you’re using large potatoes and planning to boil, roast or mash you’ll need to peel your spuds first. If you’re using Blas y Tir baby potatoes just pop the spuds in the pan or roasting dish.

For all your potato inspiration visit our RECIPES PAGE!

Only Welsh vegetables could taste this good…

 

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