- 125ml stock (made with a cube - whatever you've got)
- carton double cream
- 150ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 bay leaf
- a knob of butter butter, for greasing
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 800g potato, peeled and thinly sliced
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- 2 leek, washed and thinly sliced
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- 175g sliced ham, chopped (optional)
- 85g cheddar, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
Pour the stock, cream and milk into a small saucepan, add the garlic and bay leaf and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let the flavours infuse while you get on with the rest of the dish.
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Butter a 2 litre gratin dish well. Mix the potatoes, leeks and ham (if using) together in the dish, and spread out in an even layer. Pour over the stock mixture and tuck the bay leaf in the middle. Season and sprinkle with the cheese.
Stand the dish on a baking tray to catch any spills. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Test the potatoes with a knife – they should be just beginning to soften. Remove the foil and bake for another 35-45 minutes, spooning some of the stock mixture over every now and again until the potatoes are tender. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Make it veggie
Take out the ham, and use a vegetable stock instead.