If you're looking for a comforting vegetarian dish, look no further than the classic potato and leek casserole. Loved by home cooks and comfort food fans alike, this dish is both hearty and delicious. Let's get started on making this crowd-pleaser!

Potato and Leek Casserole


You'll need the following ingredients to make your potato and leek casserole:

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 large leeks
  • 2 cups of grated cheese (cheddar or gruyère works best)
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: Fresh chives or parsley

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Wash and Slice the Leeks:
  • Trim the ends and remove the tough outer leaves.
  • Slice the leeks into thin rounds and wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt.
  1. Peel and Slice the Potatoes:
  • Peel the potatoes and slice them into thin rounds, about 1/8 inch thick.

Step 2: Layer the Casserole

  1. Grease the Casserole Dish:
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish with butter.
  1. Layer the Potatoes and Leeks:
  • Start with a layer of potatoes, slightly overlapping them.
  • Add a layer of sliced leeks over the potatoes.
  • Sprinkle a bit of minced garlic, salt, and pepper over the leeks.
  • Add a layer of grated cheese.
  1. Repeat the Layers:
  • Continue layering potatoes, leeks, garlic, seasoning, and cheese until all ingredients are used up.
  • Finish with a generous layer of cheese on top.

Step 3: Add the Cream and Bake

  1. Pour the Cream:
  • Gently pour the heavy cream over the layers, ensuring it seeps through to the bottom.
  1. Bake the Casserole:
  • Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are tender.

Tips for Serving and Storing

  • Serving:
  • Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh chives or parsley for added flavor.
  • Storing:
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through.

Optional Variations

  • Add Protein:
  • Include cooked bacon or ham for a non-vegetarian twist.

  • Extra Veggies:
  • Incorporate other vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers.
  • Herbs and Spices:
  • Experiment with herbs like thyme or rosemary for added depth of flavor.


Enjoy this cozy, flavorful potato and leek casserole with your family and friends. It's perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special gathering. Happy cooking!


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