Mel and Mal's Cheesy Leeks

Ingredients
  • 5 large leeks, washed, trimmed & cut into large chunks about 2"wide
  • I small onion, cut very finely
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly grounded pepper and sea salt
  • 4oz grated extra mature cheddar
  • For the Sauce:
  • 500ml milk
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 50g butter
  • 150g strong cheddar, grated
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp of dried mustard powder (optional)

I love leeks, they give some a wonderful taste and texture but they do deserve a creamy sauce to really bring out the flavours. The caramelised onion brings a sweetness to the dish too

You can use this as an accompaniment to your Sunday roast but we love it on its own, with plenty of pepper on top - and I can tell you something, it seems an odd combination, but its divine on top of a fluffy jacket potato!

Serves : 6        Prep/Cooking Time : 50 mins

Tip : Don't overcook the leeks as this will make them runny and watery and thin the sauce down when you put them into the oven.

Instructions

Prepare and Cook the Vegetables

In a large frying pan, heat up the oil gently, then add the onions. Cook for around 5 minutes on their own until they start to turn brown and caramelise.

Add the leeks and cook for a further 2 minutes, gently mixing the 2 vegetables together.

Place the mixture into a small ovenproof dish and set aside

Make the Sauce

Heat the oven to 220°C

In a small saucepan, add the milk, flour and butter and keep whisking quickly until the butter has melted and the flour has disappeared. Bring to the boil and you will see the sauce thicken up.

Keep whisking whilst the sauce bubbles and thickens right up then turn off the heat and stir in 3/4 of the cheese, then pour over the leeks

Finish the Dish

Using the remaining cheese, scatter over the leeks and then scatter over the breadcrumbs for a bit of extra crunch and texture

Finally, sprinkle the mustard powder evenly over the top, this adds a bit of bite to the flavour and place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until bubbling.

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