Sunday, October 2, 2016

Got Leeks? Make Sephardic Leek Patties

skillet with leeks sizzling in the panF

Got leeks and don't know what to do with them? 
Make these fabulous Sephardic leek patties. 

If you are a reader of my blog, you may have remember that my husband is from the Middle East, and that some of their Jewish holiday customs differ from those of Jews from Eastern European descent like me.

Middle Eastern Jews ( Mizrahi/Sephardic Jews) make a small "Seder" plate for the Rosh Hashanah ( the Jewish New Year ) dinner and use a variety of foods that take on a symbolic meaning to wish in a good new year!

Leek patties are one of those symbolic foods! They are simple to make and everyone looks forward to eating them.

It is an easy gluten free vegetarian recipe that requires chopping up leeks. These chopped leeks symbolically represent  chopping up our bad habits so we can make positive changes in our lifestyle. (Ok, the original meaning was that our enemies should be chopped up and far away from us - but we have evolved.)

There are as many variations for Sephardic Leek Patties are there are cooks. Some recipes include a potato, chopped meat, other spices, etc.; this recipe is very very simple, vegetarian, and gluten free- but still delicious and perfect for the blessing!

After the holiday, we may still make these patties if we have leeks. I mean how much potato leek soup do you want to eat? This is a nice recipe for leek lovers or for when your CSA has lots of leeks!

Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 12 patties


6 medium stalks of leeks, cleaned and chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of ground gluten free oatmeal (or gluten free breadcrumbs)
Himalayan or sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Sautee the chopped onion and leeks in a large skillet until soft and set aside
( I spray with olive oil spray and then add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil)
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs add the sauteed vegetables and mix well. Add the seasoning and GF oatmeal or GF breadcrumbs. Mix well.
Using an ice cream scoop to keep the size uniform, add 4 scoops to a greased teflon type skillet and sautee until browned on my sides. Remove from skillet and repeat until done. Should make about 13 patties.

diced leeks on the counter

Chopped Leeks
leeks and onions sauteeing

leek batter for patties
I used certified gluten free oats from Trader Joes and then put the oats in the high speed blender to create my flour 
bowl of leek batter for patties
Leek patties

homemade leek patties on a plate


  1. I appreciate all the info you are sharing about Rosh Hashanah, Judee. I would not have thought of leek patties, but they look and sound delicious!


  2. This is a great recipe for the leek patties, these look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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