Potato and Leek Bake
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Serves: 4
 
A lovely homemade potato and leek bake with cheese-ham-herb sauce.
Ingredients
  • 400 gram mince (I use half beef, half pork)
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 big leek, washed and sliced in thin rings
  • 450 gram potatoes
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • 1 stock cube (beef or chicken)
  • ¼ tsp mace
  • ¼ tsp dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp worcestershire sauce
Cheese-ham-herb sauce
  • 50 gram butter
  • 50 gram flour
  • 450 ml milk
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 200 gram cheese (I use Dutch gouda)
  • 2 tbsp herbs, chopped (I like a mixture of parsley and chives)
  • 100 gram cooked ham, in cubes
Instructions
  1. Heat a large frying pan with some olive oil.
  2. Brown the meat.
  3. Add the onion and garlic, fry until soft.
  4. Meanwhile, add the pepper, stock cube, mace, marjoram and worcestershire sauce.
  5. Add the leek, fry until soft.
  6. Pour the meat mixture in a large, ovenproof dish.
  7. Layer the potatoes on top, spread them out so that there is a thin layer of potato everywhere.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  9. For the cheese sauce, place a pan over a low to medium heat and add the butter.
  10. Once the butter is melted, stir in the flour.
  11. Cook, stirring, for two minutes.
  12. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time, until you have a smooth sauce.
  13. Add the mustard, worcestershire sauce and cheese, then whisk until smooth.
  14. Add the herbs and ham, stir until equally distributed.
  15. Pour the sauce on top of the potatoes and spread it out.
  16. Bake until the potatoes are soft and the sauce is golden on top.
Notes
If you cannot get precooked sliced potatoes, you can use potatoes that you peeled, sliced and precooked yourself. The 450 gram is determined by the package size of sliced precooked potatoes in the Netherlands (otherwise I would not use the leftover potatoes). You can adapt this to your package size, or to how much potato you would normally use.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/dutch-potato-leek-bake-recipe/