Leeks au Gratin

Makes 8 servings

2 lbs leeks
1/4 c butter, plus about 1 Tbsp
2 Tbsp flour
3/4 c milk
1 Tbsp white wine
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 c grated baby Swiss cheese
1/4 tsp Tabasco or similar hot
1. Cut white and tender portion of
green leek leaves lengthwise, and
then into 1-inch pieces.
2. Boil until tender, about 20 minutes.
Drain; place in buttered casserole.
3. In saucepan over medium heat, melt
1/4 c butter; stir in flour. Whisk in milk
and wine. Stir and cook until thickened,
3-5 minutes. Add nutmeg, salt,
pepper and Tabasco; pour over
leeks. Sprinkle with cheese.
4. Bake at 400 degrees 15-20
minutes, or until bubbly. Dot with
remaining butter, and brown under
broiler, 3-5 minutes

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