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St. David's Day Caerphilly cheese and leek sourdough toastie

by Sarah Randell

Today is St David's Day, when it's customary in Wales to wear a daffodil or a leek in celebration. After much discussion in the office on the best way to wear a leek (don't ask), we decided we're better at cooking with them and rustled up this cheesy toastie recipe – try it for supper tonight.

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(Serves 2, or 1 very hungry person)


  • 2-3 baby leeks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large, thick slices of sourdough (or pain de campagne)
  • 100g Caerphilly cheese (or mature cheddar), grated
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Halve the leeks lengthways and fry them in the oil for 4-5 minutes until softened.
  2. Toast the slices of bread under the preheated grill on one side, then put one slice, toasted-side down, on a baking tray.
  3. Put the cheese, parsley and garlic in a small bowl and mix together.
  4. Pile it on to the slice of bread on the baking tray; top with the softened leeks.
  5. Place the other slice of bread on top, toasted-side down, to make a sandwich. Grill until lightly golden.
  6. Remove the top slice of bread and continue to grill the filling until the cheese is bubbling. Replace the top slice, halve and serve while hot.


Enjoy with a glass of ale – perfect!

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