Leek, potato & bacon bake

Leek, potato & bacon bake

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(70 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


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

  • Source of vitamin c
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal153
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.35g
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  • 600ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1kg potato, thinly sliced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 6 leeks, thinly sliced into rounds



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3-4 rashers streaky bacon, snipped
  • 3 tbsp double cream (optional)


  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.

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26th Jan, 2017
Halved the quantities and left out the cream. Delicious!
23rd Aug, 2015
Id isn't have any leeks but sliced up a couple of spring onions instead. halved the recipe and served it with a salad as a light weekend lunch. Worked well. May add a clove of garlic to the saucepan for more flavour or the end more spring onions.
26th Nov, 2014
Have made this several times - would suggest that it needs the stock and the cream (be generous and at least double the "optional" cream). Also don't skimp on the rashers - I used about 10 small smoked streaky rashers. Dish gets cleared each time - Delicious and quick and easy to prepare!!!
6th Nov, 2014
I liked this recipe. I found the potatos a little bland maybe I didn't season enough. Will be trying the philadelphia garlic tip next time. I served with the Italian stuffed chicken recipe, defo a winner midweek dinner. Also a great way to add some Veg!
19th Oct, 2014
Nice recipe. I added gorgonzola cheese to mine. :-)
17th Jan, 2014
Nice recipe I added spinach to mine.
17th Oct, 2013
1st Jul, 2013
This was a really good recipe. Instead of cream I used Philadelphia with garlic and herbs and put a few dollops of that around. That's definitely not a necessity though. Served with scallops. Really really liked it and will definitely try this again.
21st Jan, 2013
Was thinking of substituting pasta as I have bacon, leeks, cream and pasta in the cupboard. Any suggestions?
17th Dec, 2012
Recipe was spot on. I used a reduced fat cream which worked well. I served mine with Sunday roast last time. I used the excess stock left over from cooking potatoes and leeks to cook all the other veggies I was serving with this dish to give them extra taste. The juice from the dish was perfect poured over everything which made a nice change from gravy (just used a little gravy over beef and yorkshires). My family love this dish!


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12th Oct, 2017
I missed out the bacon and used soya single 'cream' to make it vegan! It didn't disappoint!