At one of our favorite sushi spots, they have an Octopus Sashimi dish topped with a mountain of Crispy Leeks. I eat every, last, sliver. It's like a tiny, fancy onion ring that adds the most wonderful flavor and texture to the dish. I recently thought (sometimes I actually think), I could make these at home! I could have my very own mountain of them at the ready, to sprinkle atop salads or soups or ANYTHING. And so I did, and we ate them over a creamy tortilla soup which I'll talk about tomorrow. They're really easy to make... and I suggest you try them, too.
Cut leek in half lengthwise, and then into small slivers (you could also use a mandolin). Place in a bowl of water to remove any dirt. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a pot over medium heat, then add leeks. Fry for about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove and place on a paper towel to absorb some grease. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.