Serves 8

2 lbs leeks
1-4 c butter, plus about 1 Tbsp
2 Tbsp flour
3/4 c milk
1 Tbsp white wine
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp Tabasco or similar hot sauce
1 c grated Swiss cheese

  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, melt1/4c 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.