|one of two ginormous leeks. and to think, last month I got a |
small leek and I was actually whining about how small it was.
I'm guessing this makes 6 servings.
- ~1 lb leeks, sliced
- ~1/2 cup onion, diced
- spinach (I used one bunch - next time, I will use 2 bunches)
- 5 fist sized potatoes (they may have been smaller). Maybe a pound? Type doesn't matter - I used both russet and red. Slice thin, no need to peel them.
- ~2 lbs ham, fat removed and cubed
- panko breadcrumbs
(I think this is a bechamel sauce.... its my version of it anyways)
- 2 T butter
- 2-3 T flour
- milk (really no idea.... 2 cups maybe?)
- half and half (same amount as milk, but really no idea on the quantity. Also, you could probably just use milk here)
- 8 oz shredded smoked grueyre cheese
- 6 oz plain greek yogurt
- Preheat over to 425.
- Quarter and slice leeks and let soak in 2 water baths to remove dirt and grit.
- Get a big mixing bowl. You can layer everything in a casserole dish, but I just dumped everything in a huge bowl, added the sauce, mixed it up well, and dumped it in a pan.
- Slice potatoes, dice ham and put in mixing bowl.
- Sautee leeks, garlic, and onion until translucent, about 10 min on medium heat.
- When done, transfer to bowl, keeping about 1 cup of leeks separate.
- Sautee spinach. Honestly, the spinach could be cooked with the leeks.... I just didn't think of adding them until the leeks were almost done. Add to bowl.
- Make sauce
- prepare a roux. Add butter and melt it, then add flour. Then slowly add the milk, stirring with a whisk to avoid lumps. Really, you want to add the milk slow. Once that's combined, add the half and half.
- Bring it up to a warm temperature - you don't want it to boil. You just need it hot enough to melt the cheese.
- Add ground pepper to taste.
- Add cheesy goodness. And stir a lot to melt.
- Once the cheese is melted, remove from the heat and add leeks and greek yogurt. Whisk to incorporate/mix yogurt. Then I blended it a bit with an immersion blender - although you could totally skip this step. (also, if you don't blend it, you can skip adding leeks to the sauce). I thought the yogurt was a bit odd, but it added a nice creamy-ness to it and you couldn't tell it was in there.