Leeks Cordon Bleu

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Catherine Muir

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 english muffin half, 2 wrapped leeks, and 1/3 cup sauce)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 361
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 10.6 g
Satfat 6 g
Monofat 3.2 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 22.8 g
Carbohydrate 44.1 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Iron 4.1 mg
Sodium 841 mg
Calcium 488 mg

Ingredients

4 large leeks
4 (1 1/4-ounce) slices reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace), cut in half lengthwise
4 (1-ounce) slices lean ham, cut in half lengthwise
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons dry sherry
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 English muffins, split and toasted

Preparation

Remove roots, outer leaves, and tops from leeks; leave 6 inches of each leek. Cut each in half crosswise. Steam, covered, 8 minutes or until tender. Wrap each leek half in 1 piece of cheese and 1 piece of ham. Place wrapped leeks, seam sides down, in an 8-inch square baking dish.

Preheat oven to 450°.

Place flour in a small saucepan; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 6 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat; stir in sherry, salt, and pepper. Pour sauce over wrapped leeks, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until golden. Arrange 2 wrapped leeks on each English muffin half; spoon sauce evenly over leeks.

Note:

May 1999