Cheesy & Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin

This Cheesy & Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is easy to make without the need for a béchamel sauce. Shredded brussels are gently cooked in butter with finely cut leeks then smothered with a rich and creamy cheese sauce. Grilled until golden and bubbling.

Brussel Sprout and Leek Gratin in a cast iron pan on wooden board

Once I made the smart decision to combine two of our traditional Christmas side dishes into one there was no looking back and I am flabbergasted that I have never done it before.

A Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is a staple for our festive table but the addition of shredded leeks which was usually our Spring take on the dish is such a revelation.

I’m sure you have a few brussels sprouts hold outs in the family but combined with buttered leeks in this rich creamy cheese sauce this dish will definitely encourage a few converts.

brussel sprouts in a colander next to leeks

Why are these Cheesy and Creamy Brussels Sprouts such a brilliant side dish?

  • Brussels sprouts and leeks are a vegetable marriage to last the ages.
  • It’s a brussels sprout dish to convert the most adamant haters.
  • It only take 25 minutes and is completely foolproof. No lumpy sauces here.
  • You don’t need to make a béchamel sauce. Using cornflour is an easy way to make a cheese sauce which also makes it gluten-free.
  • The perfect side dish which is delicious enough to be the main event for the vegetarians at the table.
  • The cheese sauce is easy to make, rich with both mature cheddar cheese and cream cheese.
  • Full of flavour thanks to smart seasoning.
  • Honey dijon mustard. It adds incredible depth to the sauce.
  • That final grilling means crunchy golden breadcrumbs and bubbling cheese – a tempting sight to add to the table.
  • Easy to make-ahead or freeze.

Shredded brussel sprouts and leeks in a pan

What ingredients do you need for this Brussels Sprout Gratin?

  • Brussels Sprouts – wash, trim the stalk and peel off any grubby layers before shredding.
  • Leeks – wash, trim the ends and slice into thin coins to prepare.
  • Butter – use unsalted so you can control the salt content.
  • Whole Milk – using whole milk means the sauce is very creamy.
  • Cornflour – makes the sauce lovely thick and smooth.
  • Mature Cheddar Cheese – I love a sharp mature cheddar but you can sub for any melting cheese you fancy. Red leicester or gruyere are also lovely choices.
  • Cream Cheese – I always use Philadelphia. It adds lovely richness to the sauce
  • Honey Dijon Mustard – the sweetness of this mustard makes all the difference.
  • Seasoning – onion granules, garlic powder, salt and pepper add lovely depth.
  • Breadcrumbs – I use gluten-free breadcrumbs but you can use any.

Close up of Brussel Sprout and Leek Gratin in a saucepan

How do you make Cheesy and Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin?

  1. Cook the shredded Brussels and leeks in butter on a gentle heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat whilst you prepare the sauce.Brussel sprouts and leeks cooking in a pan
  2. Whisk the cornflour with the milk in a saucepan, then turn on the heat and whisk until bubbling and thick.
  3. Add the cheddar, cream cheese, mustard and seasoning and stir until the sauce is thick and smooth.preparing cheese sauce in a saucepancheese sauce in a saucepan
  4. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and mix until thoroughly combined.Cheese sauce being poured over brussel sprouts and leeks
  5. Transfer the cheesy sprouts and leeks to an oven-to-table dish and sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and extra cheese.Brussel Sprout and Leek Gratin ready to go into the oven
  6. Grill until golden and bubbling.Brussel Sprout and Leek Gratin in a cast iron pan on wooden board

Pro Tips

  • Peel off the outer layer of the Brussels and trim off the stalks to prepare.
  • Shred the brussels and leeks as thin as you can for beautiful ribbony vegetables.
  • You want the Brussels and leeks to be wilted in the butter but just turning golden at the edges.
  • Swap out mature cheddar cheese for red leicester for a beautiful festive colour.
  • If you can’t get hold of honey dijon mustard then regular dijon will do.

Recommended Equipment to make Cheesy Brussel Sprout and Leek Gratin

  • Microplane Course Cheese Grater – It grates quickly and is so easy to wield.
  • Flexi Whisk – In a similar vein I have a lot of different whisks but my favourite for sauces is a flexi whisk which gets into all the nooks and crannies of the saucepan meaning you get no unnecessary lumps.
  • Oven-to-Table Pan – I wouldn’t necessarily but for our weekly Sunday lunches you can bet I make and serve my gratins in my favourite cast iron pan. It’s large enough that the pan can accommodate one-pan meals and small enough that it can fit into most ovens. Plus it looks pretty good on the table as part of a homestyle meal.

Make Ahead – This dish is so easy to prepare in advance. I usually get it to the stage before the final grill. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Transfer the gratin to an oven-to-table dish and sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and extra cheese.

However, at this point heat the dish in the oven instead of the grill to ensure the dish is piping hot. Cook at 180°C for 20 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Freeze – You can freeze any leftovers no problem. However, you can also make the dish ahead of time as above. But instead of storing in the fridge you can freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost completely before cooking in the oven.

Close up of Brussel Sprout and Leek Gratin in a saucepan

Variations of Cheesy & Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin

  • Add cooked and chopped streaky bacon into the gratin before the final grill.
  • Sub in some blue cheese into the sauce for a lovely complex dish.
  • Include shredded kale into the proceedings.

Try these recipes if you are looking for more delicious side dishes

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese
Carrot and Swede Mash
Braised Red Cabbage
Cream Baked Roast Potatoes
Chestnut and Sage Stuffing
Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings
Gluten-Free Gravy

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Cheesy & Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin

This Cheesy & Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is easy to make without the need for a béchamel sauce. Shredded brussels are gently cooked in butter with finely cut leeks then smothered with a rich and creamy cheese sauce. Grilled until golden and bubbling.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 290kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 750 g brussels sprouts bottom stem removed then shredded
  • 2 leeks washed, topped and tailed and sliced into thin rounds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour
  • 150 g mature cheddar cheese + 50g extra to sprinkle
  • 150 g cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons honey dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large wide bottomed saucepan then add the shredded brussels sprouts and leeks with the salt.
  • Cook the brussels sprouts and leeks for 10-15 minutes on a gentle-medium heat stirring occasionally. The leaves should be wilted and just starting to turn golden at the edges.
  • Remove from heat and set aside whilst you prepare the cheese sauce.
  • Whisk together the milk and cornflour in a large saucepan until smooth. Then turn on the heat and bring up to a gentle boil, whisking all the time. As soon as the sauce begins to boil then the mixture will begin to thicken.
  • Add the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, onion granules, garlic powder and salt and stir in until the sauce is thick and smooth. Once the sauce just beings to bubble then remove from the heat.
  • Pour the sauce over the brussels sprouts and leeks and mix together until fully combined. Transfer to an oven-to-table dish and sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and extra cheddar cheese.
  • Place the dish under a grill on medium-heat for 5-10 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden and the cheese is bubbling.
  • Serve straightaway.

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Notes

  • Serves 6-8 people as a side dish
  • Peel off the outer layer of the Brussels and trim off the stalks to prepare.
  • Shred the brussels and leeks as thin as you can for beautiful ribbony vegetables.
    You want the Brussels and leeks to be wilted in the butter but just turning golden at the edges.
  • Swap out mature cheddar cheese for any melting cheese you like. Festive coloured Red Leicester or nutty gruyere are lovely choices.
  • If you can’t get hold of honey dijon mustard then regular dijon will do.
  • Before the final grill transfer into an ovenware dish you would be proud to serve at your table.
  • Make ahead – prepare the dish up the final grilling stage. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days then transfer to an oven-to-table dish, sprinkle on the breadcrumbs and cheese. But do cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C to ensure the dish is piping hot.
  • Freeze – You can freeze the finished dish or the gratin up to the final grilling stage. Defrost completely then re-heat according to the advice above.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1706IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 2mg

This post was updated in October 2020 to give it extra sparkle but the recipe remains the same.

Gluten-Free Chicken and Leek Pie

This Gluten-Free Chicken and Leek Pie is a family favourite with a creamy chicken, garlic and tarragon infused buttery sauce. Whole chicken is poached then shredded and added to the most delicious creamy leeks and baked in a gluten-free puff pastry crust.

A slice of chicken and leek pie

What is November without a good pie? Cold, that’s what. Is there really any better internal heating system that a plate full of hot bubbling creamy chicken and sweet leeks adorned with a crisp and flaky buttered hat? The best part of any pie is of course where the lid meets the sauce, so that the puff pastry becomes chewy and saturated with all the beautiful flavours.

chicken and leek pie with slice removed

Why is this Gluten-Free Chicken and Leek Pie the best?

I have been making this Chicken Pie for years, it’s a complete crowd and family pleaser, equally at home as part of a special mid-week treat or pride of place at a small supper gathering.

  • It is chock full of chicken flavour because you poach a whole chicken with a host of vegetables to cook the chicken off first
  • You use the deliciousy deep stock as the base of the pie filling, thickened with sweet rice flour.
  • You finish it off with a generous amount of crème fraiche. Using crème fraiche instead of cream adds richness but is its own tempering agent, adding a tang which is complimented here by the addition of lemon zest and tarragon.

You won’t need all the stock produced for the pie filling but that’s all the better so you have it to hand for your next recipe.

How to make Chicken and Leek Pie

  1. Poach the chicken for 1 hour in a large stockpot with lots of veg and covered with water.chicken poaching with veg for chicken and leek pie
  2. Strain but reserve the poaching liquid. Shred the chicken and discard the bones.a bowl of shredded chicken for chicken and leek pie
  3. Cook the onion and celery in butter until translucent.
  4. Add the leeks, garlic, lemon zest, tarragon, thyme leaves and the bay leaf and cook until soft.braising leeks for chicken and leek pie
  5. Add the sweet rice flour to absorb the fat then splash in the vermouth.
  6. Pour in the stock, bring up to a gentle simmer. Whisk all the while to create a thick smooth sauce.braising leeks for chicken and leek pie
  7. Add the chicken and creme fraiche.process shot of cooking for chicken and leek pie
  8. Pour the chicken and leek filling into a 20cm pie dish.process shot of cooking for chicken and leek pie
  9. Roll out the gluten-free pastry into a round and place over the top of the pie dish. Brush with whisked egg.chicken and leek pie before baking
  10. Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.

Baker’s Tips

  • There are a few steps involved in this pie which is why I have absolutely no qualms about using shop bought gluten-free puff pastry.
  • Don’t feel that you have to do all the steps of the pie at once either. Poach the chicken the day before, or make the filling the day before. It’s a recipe that can happily be broken down into manageable chunks.

chicken and leek pie with slice removed

What to serve with this gorgeous Gluten-Free Chicken Pie

Of course the obligatory accompaniment to pie is quite obviously mashed potato but don’t let that become your go-to every time.

I love a bit of white rice with this pie, especially if you serve it with a mound of buttered broccoli.

If you are going the mash route then make sure you don’t forget the greenery, shredded savoy cabbage with a glistening diamond of butter on the top.

For a lighter meal then forgo the carbs entirely, as long as you have the greens to eat with your pie then you’ll be a happy camper.

More family dinners you’ll love!

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Gluten-Free Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie is a family favourite with a creamy chicken, garlic and tarragon infused buttery sauce.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6
Calories: 764kcal

Ingredients

For the Chicken and Stock

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • A handful of fresh parsley stalks
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion halved
  • 1 leek halved
  • 2 large carrots halved
  • 2 sticks celery halved
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 6 black peppercorns

For the Pie

  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 stick celery diced
  • 2 leeks halved lengthways then chopped finely into semi circles
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • 60 ml vermouth
  • 400 ml stock from the poached chicken
  • The chicken from the poached chicken
  • 150 ml crème fraiche
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 320 g ready rolled gluten-free puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Poaching the chicken

  • Remove the string and giblets from the chicken then place the chicken in a large stockpot with the onion, leek, carrots, celery, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme and parsley stalks.
  • Fill the stockpot with cold water so that it covers the chicken, season well with salt and black pepper and bring to the boil.
  • Turn the heat down to simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove the chicken from the stockpot and set aside until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile continue simmering the stock for a further 1 hour.
  • Shred the chicken away from the bones. Discard the skin and all the bones and set the meat aside until you need it.
  • Remove the stock from the heat, strain and discard the vegetables. Set the stock aside until you need it.

The Pie

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a large saucepan until the butter has melted. Add the onion and celery to the pan and fry gently for about 10 minutes when the vegetables start to turn translucent.
  • Add the leeks, garlic, lemon zest, tarragon, thyme leaves and the bay leaf to the pan. Give everything a good stir then continue to fry gently for 15 minutes or until the leeks are softened.
  • Add the sweet rice flour and mix well into the leeks until all the flour has been absorbed by the mixture. Stir continually with a wooden spoon letting the flour cook through for a few minutes.
  • Pour in the vermouth and continue stirring for a couple of minutes until the wine has been absorbed.
  • Pour 400ml of the stock into the pan. Stir continually until the flour dissolves into the stock and the sauce is thick and bubbling. Turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the poached chicken and the crème fraiche and season well with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  • Remove from the heat and pour into a 20cm round deep pie dish
  • Take the ready-rolled puff pastry and cut a thick strip to place on top of the lip of your pie dish. Then place the rest of the pastry on top, cutting away the excess. Tuck onto the pie filling and pinch to the pastry on the lip of the dish.
  • Whisk the egg and then brush over the top of the pie.
  • Place the pie in the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry top is golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 764kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 833mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5080IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 4.8mg