ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Leek and Potato Bake

Updated on June 25, 2015
Leek and potato bake.
Leek and potato bake. | Source

Leek and potato bake with tomato salad

This leek and potato bake is another one of those 'what ingredients have I got to make dinner with this evening' recipes. One day, I'll get organized and plan meals a little better but in the meantime, it's a lot of fun checking out the ingredients I have and making something delicious.

And this is delicious - so much so that it's a regular in our household these days. What's more, it's easy to make and costs next to nothing - I appreciate both those things!

I was faced with a large leek, some baby potatoes, a couple of ripe tomatoes, a chunk of cheddar cheese and one single egg. Hmm ...

The first time I made this, my other half said 'this looks good - what's it called?' And for no sensible reason I could think of, I said 'Maureen' so here it is - Maureen the leek and potato bake.


I used:

These are the quantities I used to serve two people. There's no need to be accurate; I've found that if I make too much, leftovers are soon gobbled up!

  • About a dozen small potatoes. You could use any size or even canned potatoes. Canned are great when you've need to rustle this dish up quickly.
  • A large leek.
  • A glass of milk - I used about half a pint.
  • One egg
  • About 3 - 4 ounces of cheese - again the exact amount can vary.
  • You'll also need some pantry staples - a little olive oil for frying, a heaped teaspoon flour, the same of butter and freshly-ground black pepper.
  • To garnish - basil leaves (I have basil growing in a pot) and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese

Prepare the leeks and potatoes


If I'm using the conventional oven, I pre-heat it to 350°. I'm finding though that I'm using my new toaster oven more and more these days. While the oven is heating up, prepare the leeks and potatoes as follows.


Wash the potatoes and boil. If the skins are in good condition, I leave them on to add fiber to the meal. Once they are cooked, slice them and add to a greased baking dish. If you're using a can of potatoes, simply drain them and rinse in clean water. This helps to remove and salt that might have been used in the canning process. Then cut into slices and layer as before.


Leeks need to be well washed. I usually wash the whole leek and then wash again under running water once they are sliced. It's a good idea to pat them dry using a paper towel. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the sliced leeks gently until they begin to soften. This only takes about five minutes. Add the cooked leeks to the baking dish on top of the potatoes. I then add freshly-ground black pepper and out it in the oven while I make the topping.


Make the sauce for the topping


Heat the butter in a small pan. When melted, add the flour and stir until mixed. With the pan on a medium low heat, add the milk slowly, stirring all the time. The sauce will thicken. Once it does, turn the heat down to a simmer; just enough to keep the sauce warm.


Grate the cheese and add to the white sauce. Stir well. Separate the egg and whisk the white. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the egg yolk. Once the yolk has combined with the sauce, add the whisked white. Remove the potato and leek from the oven, pour the sauce over and return it to the oven.


Ovens vary but this usually takes about fifteen minutes in mine. The sauce will puff up - a little like a soufflé - and will brown on top.

To serve


The tomato salad is simplicity itself. Simply slice the tomatoes, sprinkle with a little pepper and add basil leaves. Sometimes I add a drizzle of olive oil too but as the leeks were fried and the topping has cheese, I decided that was enough for one day! Sprinkling a tiny amount of sugar on the tomatoes really brings out their flavor, too.


I tend to run out of Parmesan cheese so quickly, but I had a little to sprinkle on the top of the dish just before serving.

Further reading

I love to read recipe books. I can't say that I always stick exactly to the recipes - I don't! But I get fabulous ideas. If you're new to vegetarian cooking - or an established non-meat eater like me, you'll find excellent ideas from the books below.

Photography credits

Leek photograph from stock.xchng. Other photographs taken by me during the preparation of this dish

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

Thanks for stopping by - say hi!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @bpratt lm: Enjoy :)

    • bpratt lm profile image

      bpratt lm 

      4 years ago

      I have always loved leek and potato soup, I am sure I will love this! It looks so yummy :)

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      5 years ago from New York

      This sounds like a really good side dish to have instead of conventional mashed or baked taters. Pinned to try another time.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @poutine: Me too - I'm glad it's nearly lunchtime!

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Makes me hungry just from looking at the pictures.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @tonybonura: Hi Tony, thanks for visiting!

    • tonybonura profile image

      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana


    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @myspace9: Thanks for visiting!

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Really I am hungry, looks yummy.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @cmadden: It is :) Thanks!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Looks quite yummy!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Sagebot: Great comment!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      You can absolutely tell that the images are of produce that was grown naturally. I hate tomatoes with personalities!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Leigh Stratton: It's funny you should say that because I don't ordinarily enjoy leek either but this is tasty. Thank you for visiting!

    • Leigh Stratton profile image

      Leigh Stratton 

      6 years ago

      I don't usually enjoy leek, but this sounds really delicious. I'm going to have to whip this up one day. Thanks for sharing such an easy recipe!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)