oven dish with chicory and leek

casserole with chicory and leek

During this cold and unpleasant winter weather, a hot and tasteful oven dish may bring some energy to survive these dark days. Though it is simple, it requires some preparation. But besides that, it is super easy.


  • 2 pieces chicory
  • 1 stem of leek
  • 200 grams minced beef
  • 400 grams potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 50 grams butter
  • 50 grams flour
  • 400 ml milk
  • 100 grams ground cheese
  • pepper, salt, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, chili powder



  • Peel the potatoes, halve them and cut them into slices.
  • Steam the potatoes for 15 minutes until tender. You can also cook them , but I prefer to steam because it preserves better the taste.
  • Cut the chicory finely.
  • Melt some butter in a pan and bake in the chicory until the light starts to turn brown.
  • Meanwhile cut the leek into small pieces.
  • Fry the leeks in the same way as the chicory in the same pan.
  • Cut the onion finely, and fry in a pan with oil.
  • Add the minced meat to the onion and let it bake.
  • Season the minced meat with pepper and salt or other spices to taste.
  • Melt the butter for the bechamel sauce in a pan.
  • Add the flour and stir well until it becomes consistent.
  • Add the milk gradually to the bechamel base and stir well until a smooth sauce is formed.
  • Season the sauce with some cayenne pepper and chilli powder.
  • Add the ground cheese to the sauce.
  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees and find an oven dish.
  • Spread the potato slices over the bottom of the dish.
  • Now add layers with the chicory, the leeks and the minced meat.
  • Finally add the b├ęchamel sauce on top.
  • To finish, season with pepper and nutmeg and sprinkle some ground cheese over the sauce.
  • Put everything in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Serve while hot, and enjoy with a glass of red wine.


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