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Grilled Wild Leek Bruschetta

A Taste of Muskoka’s Wild Side

There’s something about the first warm days of Muskoka that suggests something more than just the end of winter. The forest floor, a patchwork of last year’s leaves and this year’s promises, begins to offer up treasures. Among these, wild leeks — or ramps — lead the parade, pushing through the soil with a vigour that seems almost impatient.

Wild Leek Bruschetta - Pure Muskoka

Each spring, as I tramp through the woods where my hidden leek patch is, you can smell them in the air, peppery and pungent. This recipe for Grilled Wild Leek Bruschetta is one of my favourites. Click here to learn more about harvesting wild leeks responsibly.

Ingredients:

  • A bunch of wild leeks, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of good quality olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 loaf of crusty bread, sliced


Instructions:

Prepare the Grill:
Fire up your grill to a medium-high heat.

Grill the Leeks:
Brush the wild leeks with olive oil and season them with a bit of salt. Grill them until they’re charred and tender, about 4-5 minutes per side. The transformation is remarkable — what was once a sharp, almost aggressive flavour mellows into something sweet, smoky, layered.

Make the Topping:
Once grilled, chop the leeks roughly and toss them in a bowl with the tomatoes, onion, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toast the Bread:
Brush your bread slices with a bit of olive oil and grill them until they’re just crisp and charred at the edges. Each slice is a canvas, waiting for its masterpiece.

Assemble the Bruschetta:
Heap generous spoonfuls of the wild leek mixture onto the toasted bread. The contrast of the warm, smoky bread against the cool, sharp topping is a reminder of the contrasts of spring itself — still a bit chilly, but promising warmth.

There’s an art to eating this bruschetta, too. It requires a bit of care, a willingness to get your hands dirty, and the acceptance that the best bites in life are those that are shared. This dish, it’s casual, yet it speaks of the land, of the season, and of the moment.

Wild Leek Bruschetta - Pure Muskoka

So, here’s to the wildness of spring and the wild leeks that bring us back to the earth. Here’s to sharing plates and stories, to the laughter and the quiet moments in between.

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