This amazing book was a recent purchase and I love it…French food is mostly delicious (bar the odd one or two things!) and not always the healthiest but in this book Harry Eastwood has taken traditional French recipes and made them waistline friendly without sacrificing any of the flavour or taste. The creamed spinach recipe in this book is sensational, I’ve made it a few times now. But this is another favourite that has gone down great with anyone I’ve made it for, me included! Comforting food, that’s good for you and tasty … win all round!
Recipe – Serves 6 – 177 Calories per Serving
1 tbsp olive oil
3 small onions, peeled and cut into small dice
4 leeks, cut in half and finely sliced
a pinch salt / pepper
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground allspice
2 tbsp plain flour
150ml semi-skimmed milk
4 slices, good quality ham, finely sliced
60g Gruyere cheese, grated
Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan, then add the onions and leeks and sweat over low heat with the lid on for 20 minutes. Remove the lid.
Add salt, pepper, coriander and allspice, then add the flour and give the mixture a good stir. Cook gently until there is no loose flour visible in the pan.
Slowly add the milk to the pan and turn the heat up. Stir continuously as the mixture thickens.
Once all the milk is added, turn off the heat and add the sliced ham and half the cheese.
Tip into a gratin dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over
Grill for 5 minutes until bubble and golden
Tip – if you want to make this ahead of time, stop before the grilling stage and grill when needed.
Serve with nice crusty bread – delicious!