Creamy leeks with Shropshire Blue & tarragon on toast

Creamy leeks with Shropshire Blue & tarragon on toast

Elly Curshen makes use of the versatile, nutritious and great-value vegetable for the winter months.

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  • Serves1
  • CourseLunch
  • Prepare5 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time20 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium leek, trimmed
  • 10g salted butter
  • 1 slice/s thick slice sourdough
  • 1 sprig/s tarragon, leaves only, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 30g Long Clawson Shropshire Blue (or a strong Cheddar or your favourite hard cheese), grated or finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice plus 1 wedge
  • Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated (optional)

Method

  1. Thinly slice the leek and place in a colander. Wash well under hot running water to remove all traces of mud. Drain and shake well.

  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the leek and a pinch of sea salt flakes. Cook until the moisture evaporates. When the leeks start to sizzle, reduce the heat to low and sweat gently, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes until tender. While the leeks are cooking, toast the bread.

  3. Stir the tarragon into the leeks, then add the cream. Cook over a medium heat until the cream is bubbling. Allow to bubble for around 30 seconds to allow the cream to thicken slightly, then add the mustard and cheese. Stir well until the cheese has melted. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  4. Pile the creamy leeks onto the toast, top with a grating of parmesan if you want it to be extra cheesy, then serve.

Cook’s tip

Make a quick brothy stew
Soften sliced leeks in olive oil and butter, then add garlic, some chopped fresh herbs, jarred white beans or chickpeas and enough stock to cover fully. Heat through, then serve with gremolata, chilli flakes and some grilled bread.

Use warm or hot water to wash your leeks
This will loosen any dirt more quickly and thoroughly, as well as starting to soften them prior to adding to your pan.

Prepare leeks and freeze for later
Slice, wash carefully, rinse and dry, then freeze on a tray and transfer to a sealed container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

2,731kJ/ 655kcals

Fat

37g

Saturated Fat

23g

Carbohydrates

54g

Sugars

6.7g

Fibre

8.3g

Protein

21g

Salt

1.8g

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