Cheese-Topped Leeks

Cheese-Topped Leeks

2 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 25 min

350 calories per serving 


2 leeks, sliced into thin rounds   600 g
40 g Emmenthal cheese, or aged Cheddar   1/2 cup
1/2 cup milk, partly skimmed, 2%   125 mL
2 tbsp butter, unsalted   28 g
3 1/2 tbsp white flour (all purpose)   28 g
1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium   250 mL
2 tsp canola oil   10 mL
1 pinch nutmeg    
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g

Before you start

This gratin may be served in single-servings, using shallow baking dishes containing about 1 cup ea.


  1. Preheat the oven to 215°C/425°F.
  2. Prepare the leeks, then slice them into thin rounds.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan over low heat, then add the leeks. Sauté about 5 min, add the warm broth and cook 10 min until the leeks are soft. Drain the leeks and set them aside in a bowl. Pour the drained broth back into the saucepan. Add the milk, warm a few minutes over very low heat and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in another saucepan over low heat. Add the flour and mix well. Cook 5 min, with constant stirring so that the roux remains white.
  5. Gradually pour the warm broth and milk over the roux, whisking gently. After about 5 min, when the mixture is almost homogeneous, add the leeks and the grated nutmeg. Simmer 5 min, stirring occasionally. Pour in and blend 2/3 of the grated cheese. Adjust the seasoning. Salt may not be needed since the cheese is rather salty.
  6. Transfer all to an ovenproof dish and cover with the remaining cheese. Bake about 10 min until the cheese has formed a thin crust and is nicely browned on top. Serve.


Can be prepared a few days in advance and baked just before serving.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (340g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




19 g

30 %

Saturated 10 g
+ Trans 0.5 g

52 %


45 mg


125 mg

5 %


34 g

11 %


4 g

16 %


9 g


13 g

Vitamin A

60 %

Vitamin C

25 %


30 %


25 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: servings
Grain Products: ¾ serving
Milk and Alternatives: ¾ serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Low :
Source of :
Copper, Fibre, Omega-3, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin C
Good source of :
Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc
Excellent source of :
Calcium, Folacin, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K
Diet-related health claims :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Cheese | Vegetables | First courses/Appetizers | Main courses/Entrées | Bone-healthy | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | High Calcium | High Iron | High Vitamin D | Low Sodium | Source of Omega-3 | Bake

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