Leek and Potato Bake

    1 hour 10 min

    A traditional Dutch casserole. Potatoes, leeks, beef mince, peppers, ham and Cheddar cheese are baked to perfection. Serve during the cold winter months.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 900g potatoes, peeled and chopped
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 900g leeks, chopped
    • 450g minced beef
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red pepper, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chillies
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce, to taste
    • 225g grated Cheddar cheese
    • 175g cooked ham, cut into thin strips

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook potatoes until tender but firm, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to a medium bowl. Mash together with milk.
    3. Place leeks in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover and bring to the boil. Cook 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
    4. In a medium frying pan over medium heat, cook and stir the minced beef until evenly brown. Mix in the onion, red pepper and green pepper. Season with green chillies and soy sauce. Continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
    5. In a medium baking dish, mix mashed potatoes, leeks and minced beef mixture. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and top with ham.
    6. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

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    This is the best recipe!! I am from Holland and knew this dish already. We use to make it in 3 layers. first the leeks (not to cooked) than the meat and as last the potatoes. You get a nice brown crust on the patatoes. love it.  -  15 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is good however, I have made this when I lived in the Netherlands and its typically a very basic recipe....mashed potatoes w/ some nutmeg, sauteed leeks w/ garlic and onion, and some dutch cheese on top before some fine bread crumbs go on top of that.  -  05 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a good, hearty casserole. We used similar ingredients but made it easier. Instead of boiling the potatoes and leeks I sauteed the leeks while microwaving the potatoes until soft. When the leeks were soft I put them onto a plate and sauteed the rest of the meat and veggies in the same pan. While those were sauteeing I mashed the potatoes. This made it easy and use less dishes. We did sub veggie meat for the beef and my husband added ham after baking. Being Dutch he enjoyed it very much! Leftovers were great too!  -  21 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)