Potato and Leek Ramequins

Dariole de pommes aux poireaux

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • For

    four

    people to serve with a roast

Appears in

Cuisine of the Sun

By Roger Vergé

Published 1979

  • About

Inexpensive

Ingredients

  • 1 potato weighing 200 g (7 oz)
  • 1 potato weighing 150 g ( oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 8 tablespoons milk
  • 1 leek weighing 75 g ( oz)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg

Special Equipment

  • 4 small ramequins (individual soufflé dishes) made of oven-proof porcelain or glass

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Mark 6. Peel and wash the smaller of the two potatoes. Remove the outer skins and roots of the leek, cut it in half and wash it carefully, separating the layers to remove all traces of grit.
  2. Bake the larger potato, washed but not peeled, in the oven for 40 minutes. Test it with the point of a small knife to make sure that it is cooked.
  3. Cut the leek lengthwise into julienne strips and put in a small saucepan with half a tablespoon of the butter and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook over a moderate heat for 10 minutes until the water has completely evaporated. Remove from the heat and keep hot. Cut the small potato into dice and rinse under the cold tap in a colander. Leave to drain.
  4. Warm through the milk and cream in a small saucepan and meanwhile beat the two eggs in a bowl.
  5. When the large potato is cooked (2) lower the heat of the oven to 170°C/325°F/Mark 3. Cut the baked potato into four and scoop out the inside with a spoon. Sieve the flesh through a mouli-légumes into a large bowl and whisk in the warm milk and cream. Add the beaten eggs and whisk until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Season with salt and pepper and 2–3 gratings of nutmeg. Add the cooked leek and the diced raw potato (3) and stir lightly to distribute them evenly.
  6. Butter each ramequin, using a pastry-brush or your finger, and making sure that they are evenly coated. Ladle the mixture into the ramequins and place them in a pan of water prepared as described in the previous recipe. Cook in the oven for 25 minutes. To serve, simply turn out the potato and leek moulds on to a heated serving plate.