It was Great British Pie week last week, so of course I had to make something resembling a pie, just to remind me of home. A few people asked for the recipe for this leek & cheese pie, so I'm sharing it below.
In fact, this recipe is so popular that a family member asked me to make it for them this weekend. Whenever I'm in Manchester, I tend to make lots of food to fill my partner's granddad's fridge and freezer. I think it's a Chinese thing. Supplying people with food is a way of showing love, and it helps that I love cooking! Give me any excuse.
I made three big meals that would reheat well, so I'll be sharing two more recipes soon. Aaron's granddad hasn't been eating much meat recently, so I made vegetarian and vegan recipes, which have the added benefit of being much cheaper. These 16 portions of food cost around £8. The cost of food is a common theme among expats in France. Food in France is more expensive, so I'm always looking for ways to keep costs down. These recipes will help with that! So without further ado...
- cheese, grated (whatever you prefer - I used cheddar)
- plain flour
1. Clean your leeks, slices and saute in a generous amount of butter.
2. While the leeks are softening, peel and boil your potatoes.
3. Once soft, sprinkle over plain flour and stir it in. It'll be lumpy at this stage but don't worry about that. Just stir it in as well as you can.
4. Gradually stir in cold milk while the leeks are on a low heat. Only add a bit at a time, making sure it's all incorporated before adding the next bit.
5. Once you have a thick sauce, add in plenty of grated cheese, salt and pepper.
6. Leave the cheese to melt while you drain and mash the potatoes with more butter, salt and pepper.
7. Thin the leek sauce with more milk if it has thickened too much. Take it off the heat and put it into a baking dish (or cook the sauce in a dish that will go straight into the oven). Cover with the mash and rough the top to get lots of crispy bits. Feel free to add more grated cheese!
8. Bake until the top is brown and crisp.