Recipe: Cheesy Leek Cobbler

Celebrating the oft over-looked leek with a really comforting Winter warmer in this month.  Our Cheesy Leek Cobbler is a great way of using up any old veg or scraps of cheese leftover from Christmas & can be made with an optional wild twist!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED..

(Makes four generous portions)

  • 6 x leeks roughly chopped
  • 6 x carrots or equivalent amount other veg roughly chopped
  • 900ml milk
  • 2 x bay leaves
  • 160g butter
  • 40g flour
  • 200g grated cheese (I used mature organic cheddar)
  • 1 tbsp mustard (or to taste)
  • 440g self-raising flour
  • 2 x tbsp finely chopped or ground seaweed (optional)
  • 2 x eggs
  • Splash of milk
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Irish organic rapeseed oil for roasting
  • NOTE: For all of the dairy items listed can swap for plant-based equivalents

WHAT TO DO WITH IT ALL..

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg C.
  2. Spread the chopped veg across a couple of roasting trays, drizzle with oil, season & then roast until deliciously caramelised.
  3. Meanwhile prepare the cheese sauce. Melt 60g of butter in a saucepan, then add the flour & bay leaves stir with a whisk for one minute before gradually adding the milk until a thick sauce forms. Finally add 150g of the grated cheese to the sauce & stir until melted before seasoning with salt, pepper & mustard to taste.
  4. Fill 4 x buttered ramekin dishes or small oven-proof dishes with the roasted veg, then pour over the cheese sauce until covered (remove the bay leaves) & place back in the oven for 15mins to bake.
  5. While baking make the scones to top! Add the flour to a bowl with the chopped/powered seaweed & seasoning & mix. Then rub in 100g butter to form breadcrumbs before mixing in the eggs & a splash of milk to bring the mix together to form a rough dough.
  6. Roll the dough out on a floured surfaced until 2cm thick then cut 4 x scones.
  7. Remove the ramekins from the oven, place the scones on top along with the rest of the grated cheese & place back in the oven & bake until the scones well risen & voila you have a Cheesy Leek Cobbler!

We hope you enjoy this Winter warmer! If you aren’t growing any leeks of your own, there are some fantastic local producers you’ll be able to source from. Find who’s local to you via the Neighbourfood Network.

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