This is a simple, comforting recipe which I first made many years ago for my parents. My Dad in particular loved it as he always loved vegetarian food.We haven't had it for a while so I thought I'd give it an airing!
I made this to serve six.
About 5 medium potatoes washed and chopped into large cubes
About 5 carrots washed and sliced
3 sticks of celery washed and finely sliced
2 leeks, washed and sliced
1 green pepper chopped
75g smoked cheddar, grated
50g fresh breadcrumbs
Cook the potatoes and carrots in a saucepan until tender. Cook the leek, celery and pepper in butter in a large frying pan. Once soft, add the flour to the pan, stir well. Gradually add the milk to make a sauce. Cook for about 2 minutes until thickened slightly. Stir in the cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Mix this with the drained potatoes and carrots and tip into a casserole dish. Top with the breadcrumbs. Cook in the oven at 180c for about 45 mins.
I served mine with a large green salad and some bean salad.
It could be made GF with the correct flour and breadcrumbs and if you wanted to make it vegan, use soy milk and nutritional yeast or vegan cheese in place of the smoked cheddar - obviously it would lose it's smokiness unless you use smoked vegan cheese if such a thing exists!