Leek & Wensleydale toasties with quick pickle

Leek & Wensleydale toasties with quick pickle

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 16 mins

Easy

Serves 4

A twist on the classic cheese and onion combo, with buttery soft leeks and creamy Wensleydale all wrapped up in a comforting toastie with beetroot relish on the side

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal581
  • fat28g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre13g
  • protein22g
  • salt2g
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
    Butter

    Butter

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

  • 4 leeks (about 600g/1lb 5oz), trimmed, halved and finely sliced
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

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

  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 4 carrots, peeled into ribbons
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 red apples, halved, cored and thinly sliced
    Apples

    Apple

    ap-pel

    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 1 beetroot, coarsely grated
    Beetroot

    Beetroot

    beat-root

    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • 8 slices seeded granary bread
  • 200g Wensleydale cheese, grated

Method

  1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a frying pan and add the leeks, seasoning and 3 tbsp water. Cook for about 12 mins until soft, adding a little more water if they begin to stick to the bottom of the pan.

  2. Meanwhile, to make the pickle, mix the cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup and seasoning in a large bowl. Toss in the carrots and apples, then place the beetroot on top, but don’t mix through.

  3. Put a griddle pan over a high heat. Butter all the bread on one side. Mix the leeks and cheese together, then spread over half the slices on the unbuttered side. Top with the remaining slices of bread, butter-side up. Griddle for about 2 mins each side or until the cheese has melted, pressing down with a spatula to seal the pieces together. Toss the beetroot through the pickle, cut the toasties in half and serve together.

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