Leek, potato & bacon bake

Leek, potato & bacon bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

This bake is a cross between two classics – creamy dauphinoise and pommes boulangère (potatoes cooked in stock), the perfect side dish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Source of vitamin c
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
153
protein
5g
carbs
24g
fat
5g
saturates
2g
fibre
4g
sugar
3g
salt
0.35g

Ingredients

  • 600ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1kg potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 6 leeks, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 25g butter
  • 3-4 rashers streaky bacon, snipped
  • 3 tbsp double cream (optional)

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the stock in a large pan, bring to the boil, then add the potatoes and the leeks. Bring back to the boil for 5 mins, then drain well, reserving the stock in a jug.
  2. Meanwhile, butter a large baking dish. Layer up the potatoes and leeks higgledypiggledy, seasoning as you go, then scatter the bacon over the top. Season well, pour over 200ml of the reserved stock, then spoon over the cream (if using) and cover with foil. Can be made up to 1 day ahead and chilled. Bake for 40 mins, uncovering halfway through so that the bacon crisps.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2008

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mel_xx_1's picture
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Very Tasty, just not enough of it, next time will make double the amount.

debbie2266's picture
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Used the food processor to slice the potato and leek and found that the starch absorbed most of the liquid. very nice

tessws's picture
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great recipe would definatly make it again! except made double the amount for 4 people but next time would serve with some sausages or something as people were still hungry!

lee-anneyoung's picture
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I thought this was ok, i added too much stock so the potatoes at the bottom were swimming. I'll know the next time. Was good to have something different than just potatoes.

conatazz's picture
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I made this as a main meal and it was absolutely delicious! I was just using random things I had in the cupboard, and it was lovely. I had some left over stock so I had this as a drink, was great. I added onions and mushrooms as suggested.

florence100's picture
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I followed the exact recipe for this and really enjoyed it. the only thing i would alter would be the thickness of the leeks, as they needed slightly more cooking.

fionablandford's picture

this was very good - i made it in advance and ate it over the week. I added less liquid as suggested and also cooked the bacon first with onions and garlic - added taste, all very good

loopylady10's picture
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I made this to serve with sticky barbecue chicken and it was very easy and tasty but not outstanding. I added less stock but it was still quite watery. I omitted the bacon but grated cheese over the top which was lovely. If I make it again, I will add some garlic, onion and possibly some mushrooms, but remember to go steady on the stock.

laureana's picture
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great recipe, unforntunatly the little one didnt think much of it! i added onion, mushroom, and a handful of cheese to sprinkle on the top. oh and garlic! great way of using up leftover mushrooms. reduced the stock as suggested, and had to increase the cooking time-a stress free dinner!

queenofquorn's picture
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Just finished eating this recipe for dinner.. yummy!

Well my family are Vegetarines, so I adapted this by adding Quorn Bacon instead of 'real' bacon, and I also added a bag of Quorn Chicken pieces (as it was a main meal), I also used 3 leeks and some onions instead of the '6 leeks' and used vegetable stock, and I added a bit extra elmlea double cream to the top, and the whole family are telling me it's the best meal i've ever made! I have to say it was very tasty, and filling as a main meal!! Some people have said it was a bit watery, I also found this but the lovely taste was still very much there, well, as it is ends up as a bit of a casserole, perhaps add some dumplings?

5 stars from us!

iainpybus's picture
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Delicious; even the missus didn't screw this up! (JOKE)
Used 200ml cream and leftovers tasted good the next day, too.

ilankovska's picture

I have made this many times, because it is very easy to make and the taste is lovely!

mocgle's picture
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Very tasty and easy to make, enjoyed by all.

stoopid585's picture

This is the first recipe ive made from the site...and yummy!!! it turned out great

altho i only used 3 large leeks, and found that there was a bnit too much stock to go back in. I ended up draining it in the final minues of cooking.

However, it still gets thumbs up - 9/10 overall :D

emmalouise283's picture
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I now make this with 500ml stock and a small pot (142ml) of cream and it is FAB!!!

ricky7's picture
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quite tasty and a healthy option

jb5370's picture
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I made this as a main course for my family and everyone loved it! I put in all my stock as it had thickened quite a lot while cooking the potatoes - probably due to the starch - but it was too much. However, it meant we had a delicious gravy instead of just a bake, which was great with crusty bread.

shannon19870's picture
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We had this as a main meal, it was delicious! Would definitely have it again. I added two extra spoonfuls of cream and about 150ml of stock, just the right amount of sauce for us, my 3 year old and partner really liked it. I also used ham instead of bacon!!! Yummy xx

girlwiththemostcake's picture
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I was looking for a potato side dish to serve with a chicken and sausage one-pan meal. I actually ended up adapting this by using onion instead of leeks and I omitted the bacon. I was really impressed at how easy and delicious it was so I will probably have a go at the official version too!

ajhiggins's picture

I tryed this and both my kids aged 5 and nearly 2 loved it and so did i i have even made another and put it in the freezer for another day.

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