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RECIPE: Charred Leeks with Baked Harissa Feta

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

Using the seasonal abundance of leeks here at Green Farm, our new resident Chef, Ian Waghorn has taken just a few simple ingredients to create something really flavoursome. A simple and easy recipe with just 4 ingredients that serves 4 people.


  • 4 leeks

  • butter 100g or olive oil

  • 100g feta

  • 2 tbsp harissa paste


  • Large deep saucepan

  • Baking tray to fit the leeks

  • Mixing bowl

  • Tin foil


  • Place a large deep pan of salted water on to boil.

  • Set the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

  • Crumble the feta into a bowl and mix with the harissa paste, for extra flavour leave overnight to marinate!

  • Remove the dark green bitter tops of the leeks by cutting off about 5 cm from the top of the leek.

  • Cut the leeks in half vertically and trim the bottoms, wash well.

  • Put the leeks into the boiling water and cook for 3-4 mins.

  • Remove from the water and put into a bowl of cold water, to cool down.

  • Once cooled, lay the leeks onto the baking tray and add the butter or olive oil.

  • Season with salt and pepper, cover with tin foil and place in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes until the leeks are tender.

  • Once tender, remove the foil and sprinkle the feta on top and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes (If you like extra crispy you can turn up the oven to 200 degrees at this point!


  • Don't cut too much off the bottom of the leek will fall apart when boiling it

  • Careful! not too much seasoning, as the feta can be salty!

  • Try finishing the dish with some pumpkin seeds for a little crunch.

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