Fabio Vivani Tucks Leeks In Bed With Prosciutto. You Should Too!

Apr 18, 2013 3:02 pm

Don't disturb the leeks while they're sleeping

Photo: Matt Armendariz
Photo: Matt Armendariz
Crispy prosciutto and cheese meet leeks in this Italian recipe from Fabio Viviani.

Fabio Vivani of Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars releases his cookbook this week! We nabbed a couple of recipes from this awesome new addition to our food library, including this super-simple, rustic roasted leek dish. We'll tuck ourselves in with prosciutto any day of the week, Chef. 

My mom used to call these leeks “tucked in bed” as a way of making me be quiet. Whenever we had leeks, she’d make the dish and then say, “Do you want to help me tuck them in?” I’d help her tuck in the prosciutto and then she’d say, “Now you have to be quiet because the leeks are sleeping.” Then I would go around the house telling everyone, “Be quiet! The leeks are sleeping!”

Reprinted with permission from Fabio's Italian Kitchen

Servings: 6


8 leeks, cleaned
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
2 cups Pecorino cheese, grated
20 slices prosciutto
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Cut the top 2 inches off the leeks (the green part), and chop each leek into 3 equal parts. Blanch them for about 10–12 minutes in boil­ing salted water, remove from water and let them cool down to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, salt, pepper, mustard and bal­samic glaze (See: How To Make A Reduction). Add the leeks and toss them to coat.
  4. Arrange the leeks in a baking dish, standing up on their ends like soldiers, close together. Cover the leeks with the Pecorino, then lay the prosciutto over the cheese, tucking the slices under the bottoms of the leeks so they are fully covered.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the prosciutto starts to get re­ally crispy. Remove from the oven and, using a sharp knife, cut off one corner for a dramatic presentation.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
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