Fennel Leek Gratin


  • Fennel bulbs, trimmed, quartered, chopped
  • Leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) pouring cream
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 45g butter
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1/3 cup (40g) coarsely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup (25g) finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup (50g) stale breadcrumbs


In a large saucepan, combine fennel, leek, cream and milk. Simmer with lid on for about 15 minutes or until fennel is tender. Transfer fennel and leek to ovenproof dish. Reserve cream mixture. Preheat oven to 220°C. Melt butter in same pan. Add flour and stir about 2 minutes or until mixture bubbles and thickens. Gradually stir in hot cream mixture. Continue stirring until sauce boils and thickens. Season to taste. Pour sauce over fennel, and sprinkle with combined cheeses and breadcrumbs. Bake for about 15 minutes or until browned lightly.


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