Ham & Leek Gougere

Sounds fancy, it’s not (you know me better!)  This makes a great family tea, a change from pie and casserole but still with that give you a great big hug hearty winter meal!  This is Mum’s recipe, but I’ve fidgeted about with it of course – here’s hoping she doesn’t mind too much.


White Sauce

25g butter

25g plain flour

300ml milk


1 large or 2 medium sized leeks sweated in 25g butter.

250g cooked ham, gammon or chicken – ad hoc use what you prefer, even more veggies if you like, this is a use up your left over roasts, chuck it in and it’ll taste great


300ml water

100g butter

160g plain flour

1 tsp mustard powder (or 1 tsp mustard from a jar)

1 tsp Marigold vegetable bouillon powder (for seasoning – if you don’t have it just use a pinch of salt and pepper)

4 eggs

100g grated cheese

Serves 4 when accompanied with veg!  Feel free to halve the quantities throughout if you’re not catering for a family full of hungry boys or girls.

First make up the white sauce.

Melt the butter in a pan.

Once melted add the flour and stir through well. (Do I always use a Pink Whisk – well…Yes!)

Add a little of the milk and mix to a fairly liquid consistency.

Then add the remainder of the milk.

Still on the heat, stirring occasionally bring the sauce up to a simmer.  The sauce will thicken as it heats.  Remove from the heat when it resembles a runnyish custard.  Set to one side.

Add the butter for the leeks to a large frying pan and melt.  Add the sliced leeks to the pan and sweat until softened.

Add the cubed ham and then pour in the white sauce.  Heat the mixture through until piping hot, the sauce will continue to thicken slightly.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  If you’re using gammon then go slowly with the salt!  Remove from the heat and set to one side.

Now for the gougere, which is in fact a savoury choux pastry.

In a pan (another one – this is one night you need someone else to do the washing up!) place the water and the butter.  Heat until it comes to the boil.

Remove from the heat and add the flour, mustard powder, vegetable bouillon powder and beat well.  It should be a really thick paste, that you need strong arms to beat with a wooden spoon.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.  It seems like they’re never going to mix in – but they do!


Once all the eggs have been incorporated, add the grated cheese and stir well again.

Now for the assembly!

Preheat the oven to 200c (fan)/200c/Gas Mark 6

You need a shallow casserole type dish.

Lightly grease around the outside edge and the base where the choux will sit.

Using normal cutlery spoons dollop the gougere around the outside edge of the dish.

Once you have completed the full circle add the filling to the centre.


Bake in the oven at 200c (fan)/200c/Gas Mark 6 for 35-40 minutes.

If you have left over gougere, grease a baking tray really well and dollop on spoonfuls of the mixture.  These need to be baked at the same temperature for 20-25 minutes until puffed up and golden.  If you’re not serving the extras right away remove the from the oven and slit the sides to allow the steam to escape and allow to cool on a wire rack.  These can also be frozen for use at a later date.  Mum serves this up with a roast instead of Yorkshire puds and I love them (and still have to fight my brother for the last one!)


Ham & Leek Gougere

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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13 Responses to Ham & Leek Gougere

  1. Magnolia Verandah says:

    This sounds just soooooooo good!

  2. SarahC says:

    My mum used to make something similar for dinner parties, but with a rich chicken liver filling, and in a deep souffle dish ~ it was very innovative and ‘different’ in the 80s ~ we always tried to persuade her to make it for us, not just for guests! Had completely forgotten about it until I read your post, but will definitely be having a go at one myself now.

  3. Helen Vass says:

    That looks so amazing!!!! Delish!!! I wonder if I could try that out with the spaniards!

  4. ooh I love a gougere. I haven’t made one for years. This looks so tasty.

  5. Syma Fareed says:

    This looks like a great family dish! Gonna give it a go next week. Thanks again Ruth

  6. Kate Wilkins says:

    Sounds good…. Tastes great, I made it last night with some leftover ham and everyone loved it. Thanks

  7. LilyM says:

    Looks delightful 🙂 Could you suggest a variation on the ham, though? I don’t eat it, but would like to give something like this a whirl!

  8. Laura says:

    Any ideas what I could use instead of ham for a veggie version?

  9. Amber says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Am going to give it a whirl at the weekend, hopefully my meat only hubby will love it too but the kiddies will definitely wolf it down 🙂

  10. Lorainne says:

    Made this last night for tea. Went down a treat even with my veg hating kids. They ate the lot and I’d put extra veg in it… Another successful dish :0)

  11. Emma says:

    This has become a real favourite in our house. I’ve included as part of my meal plan this week http://emmaskitchendiary.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/meal-planning-monday-2nd-april.html

  12. ali says:

    just about to get out of oven….I added mushrooms,chicken cut in cubes and peas…oh and gouda cheese .Living in the south of Italy its not alwasys easy to find ingredients for english recipes but this I have found everything including leeks:)shall let you know how it goes down with the family.

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