HAM & LEEKS WITH CHEESE SAUCE
A mouth-watering recipe that can be prepared without the use of the oven!
No need for the oven. The quantity can be varied to suit; this recipe makes enough sauce for 4 people.
For each person, 1 leek (not too large) and 1 slice of cooked ham
40g / 11/2 oz butter or margarine
40g / 11/2 oz white or wholemeal flour
Salt & pepper
150ml/1/4 pint of cooking liquid from leeks
A bare 300ml /1/2 pint milk
A grating of nutmeg
50g/2oz grated cheese
Trim & wash the leeks and cook them in a little boiling water until just tender (about 10 mins). Save the liquid as you drain them.
Wrap a slice of ham around each leek and place in a shallow, greased oven dish.
Melt butter or margarine, add flour and let it sizzle for I minute.
Add liquid gradually, stirring as it thickens. Add nutmeg and bring to the boil. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add cheese, stir to dissolve and heat but do not boil.
Pour sauce over leeks & ham.
For the top, mix a second 50g/2oz cheese with some breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the sauce.
Place the dish under a moderately hot grill to heat through and brown a little.
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