Leek, Parmesan and Bacon Bake

More great comfort food from Paul Flynn.


  • 8 new season potatoes, peeled
  • 1 leek finely chopped
  • 1 packet bacon lardons (half whole pack)
  • 75g parmesan
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 500ml whipping cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 400ml milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C.
  2. Sweat the bacon in the olive oil over a medium heat for two minutes in a large-ish pot. Add the leeks and garlic and cook for another two minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes to the width of a two euro coin: you could use a food processor for this, but if the potatoes are cut thicker, they could take a little longer to cook.
  4. Preheat the oven to 170C. Add the potatoes, cream and milk and bring to a simmer. Season, add the parmesan and mix well.
  5. Transfer to a large gratin dish. Press the mix down so it is all covered with the cream and bake for 15 mins. Press down once again at this stage with a fish slice to make sure all the potatoes covered with the cream. Cook for a further 15-20 mins until golden brown and cooked through. If a knife slips easily into the potato, it is done.


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