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Simple ham wrapped leeks in cheese sauce recipe

Updated on April 22, 2011

This is a very easy to make recipe that I learned from my Mother some years ago now. It is quick to prepare and inexpensive on ingredients. The end result works equally well when eaten as a light main meal, a supper dish or a side dish, depending on the size of the portions. I hope you will enjoy both making and eating this for yourselves.

Equipment Required

A shallow baking dish

A large saucepan of boiling water

A second saucepan to make the sauce

A chopping knife

A whisk or wooden spoon


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Ingredients

6 fresh leeks

12 slices of lean cooked ham

2 tubs (approx 500g in total) of ricotta cheese (Cheddar cheese can be used instead but is far higher in fat)

A good handful of grated cheddar cheese

1 pint of fresh milk

Approx 3 tablespoons of plain flour

Approx 2 tablespoons of butter

salt and pepper


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Wrap your leeks in ham and place in the baking dish seam side down
Wrap your leeks in ham and place in the baking dish seam side down
Make the basic white sauce and season with salt and pepper
Make the basic white sauce and season with salt and pepper
Add the ricotta cheese to the white sauce
Add the ricotta cheese to the white sauce

Method

Trim the roots and tops from your uncooked leeks and discard the trimmings

Thoroughly wash the leeks making sure all the dirt between the visible leaves is completely rinsed away

Place the leeks in the saucepan of boiling water, season with salt and boil until soft (about 15 minutes)

Drain the water from the pan and leave the cooked leeks on a plate to cool slightly

Wrap each leek in a couple of slices of ham

Place the wrapped leeks seam side down into the baking dish

Melt the butter in a saucepan

Add the flour and stir for about a minute in using the whisk or the wooden spoon


Stir the ricotta cheese into the white sauce until smooth
Stir the ricotta cheese into the white sauce until smooth
Pour over the ham  wrapped leeks and then sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese
Pour over the ham wrapped leeks and then sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese

Gradually add your milk stirring constantly to avoid lumps as the mixture thickens

Once the mixture boils remove from the heat and stir in the ricotta cheese until it has melted in completely

Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste

Pour the sauce over the ham wrapped leeks

Sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese over the top of the sauce

Bake in the oven at 190 degrees Celsius for half an hour or until browned and golden on top

Serve

Speed Tip: For an even quicker version of this recipe prepare the sauce first, then wrap the leeks in the ham whilst they are still quite hot and place in the dish. Pour the sauce over the leeks and then scatter the grated cheese over the top. Grill on a medium to hot grill until the top is golden and bubbling. Serve immediately


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One of the nicest ways to eat leeks that I know of!





Bake until golden and bubbling and then serve
Bake until golden and bubbling and then serve

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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Prasetio, I hope she will make it for you as it is delicious.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks my friend, you made my day so special by reading your hub. I thought this is really delicious. I'll show this to my mom. I hope she want to make this for me. I give my rate for you. Take care!

      Prasetio:)

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are very welcome Gus, I shall most certainly tell her. :)

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi Misty - The recipe reads as though it must be tasty. Thank both you and your mother for passing it along.

      Gus :-)))

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Dream On. Leeks taste a bit like a mild onion, so essentially the dish is like a cheese, ham and onion combination. Leeks are also enjoyed in things like leek and potato soup. They are really yummy and not strong at all.

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      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      I have never eaten leeks before what do they taste like?The recipe sounds delicous.

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