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Gratineed Leeks

This is a perfect way to first try this delicious vegetable. Braising makes the leeks super-tender; following that with a quick broil makes the tops golden and crispy. And cheese makes everything wonderful. Mmmm.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 4
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Beth Ricci


  • 6 large leeks
  • ½ cup chicken stock or lightly salted water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup aged cheddar shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut into little cubes


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Wash leeks carefully to remove any sand. Slice in half lengthwise, and lay them cut-side-up in a large glass dish.
  • Pour stock over them, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil or a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until leeks are softened. Remove dish from oven and turn on the broiler.
  • Sprinkle cheeses over top of the leeks, followed by butter. Place under the hot broiler until the top is golden and bubbly.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2590IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 3mg