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Baked Leeks with Cheese and Ham


  • 8 medium leeks, trimmed and cleaned and boiled until tender

  • 8 slices good quality wafer thin sliced ham

  • A little extra grated cheese for topping

  • For the cheese sauce -

  • 25g (1oz) butter

  • 25g (1oz) flour

  • 250ml (8floz) milk

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 25g (1oz) grated Parmesan, Gruyere, or Cheddar


  • 1.

    For the cheese sauce -

  • 2.

    Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/ Gas mark 5.

  • 3.

    Melt the butter in a small pan.

  • 4.

    Add the flour and beat well with a wooden spoon.

  • 5.

    Gradually pour on a little of the milk, beating all the time with the wooden spoon until the milk is incorporated and the sauce is smooth and thickened.

  • 6.

    Pour on a little more milk, beat until smooth and continue until all the milk has been added.

  • 7.

    If the sauce is a little lumpy, use a small whisk to beat out the lumps.

  • 8.

    Stir in a good shake of salt and pepper and add the mustard.

  • 9.

    Lastly add the cheese and stir until melted.

  • 10.

    To assemble -

  • 11.

    Dry the leeks on a cloth.

  • 12.

    Wrap a slice of ham around each and lay them in a shallow baking dish.

  • 13.

    Pour over the cheese sauce and sprinkle with cheese.

  • 14.

    Bake for 30 mins until golden and tender.

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