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Al, Susan & Ann
Oct 2012

Walnut Grove Recipes

Wild Mushroom and Leek Gratin

Makes 2 starters or 1 main course for 2

  • 20g butter
  • 70g cheddar (grated)
  • 30g parmesan (grated)
  • 250g mixed fresh wild mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 leek
  • 125ml dry white wine
  • 2 slices bread for breadcrumbs


1. Cut the leek into thin shreds, and wash thoroughly to remove any grit. Drain well in a colander.

2. Brush any dirt off the mushrooms, if they are very dirty wash them quickly, but do not allow them to soak up too much water. Cut them into bite sized pieces, and crush garlic.

3. Heat a medium sized frying pan, add the butter and sauté the leeks & garlic until soft but not coloured.

4. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are soft, add wine, bring to the boil for 30 seconds to reduce the alcohol. Add cream and do the same thing.

5. Place in serving dish/dishes of your choice, sprinkle with the grated cheddar, parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and bake at 180°C until golden brown.


Serving Suggestions

Lovely served with a fresh roquette salad & crusty bread for lunch or on it's own as a starter. Can also serve as a vegetarian main course.

Advanced Preparation

Can be prepared beforehand in the moulds, and baked to order. Will keep unbaked for one day.

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