Baked Leeks with Ham in Cheese and Mustard Sauce

Light and homely, Merrilees Parker's dish makes a great lunch to share with family and friends
By Merrilees Parker
Baked Leeks with Ham in Cheese and Mustard Sauce
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 8 small leeks, trimmed
  • 8 slices free-range or organic cooked ham
  • 150 g mature cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard, or home-made mustard
  • 6 tbsp crème fraîche
  • crusty French bread, to serve


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Blanch the leeks in a pan of boiling, salted water for 4-5 minutes, until just tender. Drain and quickly refresh under cold running water to stop them from cooking any further, and pat dry on absorbent kitchen paper.

2. Wrap each leek in a slice of ham and arrange in a baking dish.

3. Combine the Cheddar cheese with the mustard and crème fraîche. Spread over the leeks and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese has melted and is bubbling and golden brown. Serve straight away with plenty of crusty bread to mop up all of those delicious juices.

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