In this easy to prepare side dish, leeks are baked in a creamy low-fat cheese sauce made with skim milk.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9x12 inch baking pan.

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  • Melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk and cheese until cheese is melted. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat. Arrange the leeks in a single layer in the prepared pan and cover with the cheese sauce.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until leeks are tender and sauce is bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

222.9 calories; 8.9 g protein; 23.5 g carbohydrates; 31.9 mg cholesterol; 185.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2007
Delicious recipe! You can also use this as the springboard for a light main dish. Try wrapping slices of ham around the leeks before baking then serve with a side of mashed potatoes rice or crusty bread. This alternative version is particularly attractive if you don't halve the leeks (but you would need to pre-cook them for about 8 minutes then either use the leek broth in place of some of the milk or add it to a soup later). You can also add another layer of flavor to this dish by stirring about 1/4 tsp. dry or prepared mustard into the sauce before baking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/03/2012
I honestly thought I'd love this. And I didn't sorry. the cheese sauce, didn't have that cheese flavor at all. It tasted like a biscuit gravy. And I love leeks, in all sorts of dishes. But I made this twice thinking maybe it was out I presented the dish. The 1st time, I made it as instructed but no one would touch it, I guess the look was more off putting then the flavor. So I tried again a 2nd night and chopped up the leeks into smaller pieces instead of leaving the leeks in the long sliced form. I didn't try it the 1st time to know that I wasn't going to like it. But did the 2nd time and it really wasn't pleasing to anyone's taste but one of my kids. Sorry. Read More
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73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2007
Delicious recipe! You can also use this as the springboard for a light main dish. Try wrapping slices of ham around the leeks before baking then serve with a side of mashed potatoes rice or crusty bread. This alternative version is particularly attractive if you don't halve the leeks (but you would need to pre-cook them for about 8 minutes then either use the leek broth in place of some of the milk or add it to a soup later). You can also add another layer of flavor to this dish by stirring about 1/4 tsp. dry or prepared mustard into the sauce before baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2007
Delicious recipe! You can also use this as the springboard for a light main dish. Try wrapping slices of ham around the leeks before baking then serve with a side of mashed potatoes rice or crusty bread. This alternative version is particularly attractive if you don't halve the leeks (but you would need to pre-cook them for about 8 minutes then either use the leek broth in place of some of the milk or add it to a soup later). You can also add another layer of flavor to this dish by stirring about 1/4 tsp. dry or prepared mustard into the sauce before baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2008
This recipe was awesome. I tweaked it a little bit by doubling the cheese sauce and adding in a couple of potatos that were cut au gratin style. Very delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2007
4 stars with the additon of a buttered breadcrumb topping. It really makes the dish adding crunch where otherwise there would only be mush. I wasn't crazy about the stringy texture of the leeks which are fairly new to me. I cut off the green tops - was I supposed to peel off the outer layers too? Overall a nice way to use up leftover leeks (I halved the sauce recipe to use on one large leek leftover from a stew.) This sauce would also work nicely for vidalia onions. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2008
I didn't make this exactly so I'm giving it four stars. I combined this with another recipe since I needed to use up some eggplant as well. I made the cheese sauce nearly exactly as written--just increased the quantity a little. I used 1/2 cup of cheese before it was grated so it was more than that after grating. I layered thinly sliced eggplant leek and roma tomato poured on some of the sauce made another layer more sauce a final layer of just eggplant and the tiny bit of sauce that was left. I covered loosely with foil and it is in the oven right now smelling great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2009
Pretty tasty although like another user I was somewhat put off by the stringy texture of the leeks. Next time I think I will add bread crumbs as other users have suggested - it definitely is lacking in texture. I used a smoked cheddar cheese which gave it an AMAZING flavor and I think I will do that every time I make it. A great recipe for my first time trying leeks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2008
Not bad. I threw some sliced potatoes in there and made a real casserole. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2008
My husband and I both had to restrain ourselves from eating it all in one night. Only had 2 leeks so I added 1 1/2 cups of leftover mashed potato on top topping it off with a little bit of the grated cheddar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2007
This was a quick and easy recipe and tasted delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2008
Great recipe!! and very easy!!! My picky husband tried them for the first time and loved them! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/03/2012
I honestly thought I'd love this. And I didn't sorry. the cheese sauce, didn't have that cheese flavor at all. It tasted like a biscuit gravy. And I love leeks, in all sorts of dishes. But I made this twice thinking maybe it was out I presented the dish. The 1st time, I made it as instructed but no one would touch it, I guess the look was more off putting then the flavor. So I tried again a 2nd night and chopped up the leeks into smaller pieces instead of leaving the leeks in the long sliced form. I didn't try it the 1st time to know that I wasn't going to like it. But did the 2nd time and it really wasn't pleasing to anyone's taste but one of my kids. Sorry. Read More
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