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Cheesy Leeks with Bacon

ingredients

serves 4
4 medium leeks
8 rashers lean bacon, lightly grilled

for the sauce

2 tbsp (1 oz) 25 g butter
1/4 cup (1 oz) 30 g plain flour (All purpose)
1 1/4 cup (1/2 pint) 300 ml milk
3 oz (75 g) Cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper
fresh parsley, to garnish

method

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) Gas Mk 4.

2. Cut off the coarse green leaves from the leeks and make a deep slit through the green and half of the white part and open up.

3. Thoroughly wash, then wrap each leek in 2 rashers of bacon. Lay in a shallow ovenproof dish.

4. Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour.

5. Cook for 1 minute, then gradually pour in the milk and bring to the boil.

6. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, until the sauce has thickened.

7. Remove from the heat, stir in two-thirds of the cheese and the mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste.

8. Pour over the leeks and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.

9. Bake in the oven for 1 hour until leeks are tender.

10. Garnish with parsley and serve at once.

What did you think?

8 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

Its cheesy leeks and bacon
posted by Blackers @ 09:20AM, 7/13/07
What do you do with the bacon?
3. Thoroughly wash, then wrap each leek in 2 rashers of bacon. Lay in a shallow ovenproof dish.
Cheesy Leeks & Bacon
posted by Aitch @ 10:43AM, 5/29/08
I adapted the recipe slightly and used chopped bacon which I fried first and then mixed in with the sauce before spreading over the leeks. So simple to prepare and the kids loved it as well - an easy way to feed them some veggies!
Leeks n bacon
posted by Marcel @ 08:57AM, 11/27/08
I thought it was a bit tough after cooking. The taste was alright, just the toughness put me off for next time. I prefer to stir fry my leeks with bacon and sprinkle some grated cheese over the top instead.
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