Leek and ham mornay

Leek and ham mornay


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About this recipe: A classic recipe that is simple and delicious.

Serves: 4 

  • 6 medium leeks, trimmed and cut in half lengthways and rinsed
  • 50g butter
  • 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour
  • 550ml milk
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • 1 teaspoon strong English mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 slices ham
  • 2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs

Prep:3min  ›  Cook:27min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, cook the leeks for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan, add the flour. Gradually stir in the milk, mixing to prevent lumps. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add 3/4 of the cheese and the mustard and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat the grill to high. Drain the leeks thoroughly, wrap each one in 2 slices ham and sit side by side in a greased ovenproof dish. Pour over the sauce.
  5. Mix the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs together and sprinkle over the top. Grill for 5 minutes or until brown. Serve with crusty granary bread or jacket potatoes.


For a strong English mustard, try Tracklements.

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