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Creamy Leeks and Butter Beans with Za’atar Breadcrumbs

Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Keyword Bean, Ham, Leek, Za’atar
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people


  • 500 g leeks trimmed and cut into 1½cm-thick rounds
  • 4 shallots peeled and cut into 1cm-thick rounds
  • 7 cloves garlic peeled
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 600 g butter beans 1 jar, drained and liquid reserved
  • 300 g ham hock cooked
  • 2 slices sourdough  crusts cut off, the rest blitzed to coarse breadcrumbs
  • 1.5 tsp za'atar

Cream Mixture

  • 250 g mozzarella drained and roughly torn; set aside 50g to finish
  • 150 g crème fraiche
  • 100 ml chicken stock
  • 1.5 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 10 g chives finely chopped
  • 15 g flat-leaf parsley roughly chopped


  • Heat the oven to 220C (200C fan)/425F/gas 7.
  • Put the leeks, shallots, garlic and oil in a shallow 30cm ovenproof pan, toss with a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper, then roast uncovered for 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until soft and lightly charred in places.
  • Meanwhile, put all the ingredients for the cream mixture bar the reserved mozzarella in a medium bowl, add the 200ml butter bean liquid and mix well.
  • Take the leek pan out of the oven, then turn up the heat to very high – 240C (220C fan)/475F/gas 9. Use a spoon to smoosh and squash the garlic cloves in the leek pan, then pour in the cream mixture and stir in. Scatter over first the ham hock and then the butter beans.
  • In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, za’atar, the extra tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt, then scatter this on top of the butter beans. Dot the reserved 50g of mozzarella over the top, then bake uncovered for 25 minutes more, until the cheese is golden and bubbling furiously. Set aside to rest for five minutes, then serve hot.


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