Leek Toasties

How to Make a Toastie

Weekends are the perfect time to enjoy simple, indulgent lunches full of wonderful produce. With its powerful cheddar and rich butter, this recipe for Leek Toasties couldn’t be nearer the ideal.

Slicing through an oozing layer of cheese into succulent sauteed leeks and crispy sourdough bread is an absolute delight for the senses. Everyone needs a toastie fix from time to time and this, surely, is the place to get it.

Doesn’t that bread look delicious? Well, it’s special. You see, a couple of weeks ago a fellow Bristol-based blogger by the name of Joanna offered, very kindly, to bake me a couple of loaves.

As expected, Joanna being something of an expert baker, the bread was absolutely wonderful and made for excellent leek toasties. You really must check out her blog, Zeb Bakes. Oh, and she has two wonderful dogs… On to the recipe!

Frugal Lunches

Leek Toasties

Serves 2


  • 2 slices sourdough bread

  • 1 leek, finely sliced

  • 20g butter

  • 40g mature cheddar cheese, crumbled

  • a pinch of salt

  • a twist of pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-based frying pan. Gently sweat off the leeks with a pinch of salt. Toast the bread under the grill on one side.

  2. Layer each with the softened leeks. Top each slice with the crumbled cheddar and grill until melted (but not crispy). Serve with a sprinkling of black pepper.

Sourdough Bread Leek Toasties Recipe

Cost: A little cheese and butter here and there never did anyone’s bank any harm and this dish does nothing to buck that trend. Indeed, the entire lunch should set you back no more than £1.10.

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42 comments on “Leek Toasties

  1. EmmaMT from CakesBakesAndCookies.com
    April 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Oh my they look GOOOOOODDD!!!!! I haven’t got any leeks in the fridge but I have got mushrooms. I know what snack I’ll be devouring in about 10 minutes. Oh how I love to work from home.

    Thanks for the distraction!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Thank you – yes! Mushrooms would be amazing too. In fact I think I may have an idea… Hope you made it and enjoyed it.

  2. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    April 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Good bread with simple, flavorful toppings is totally where it’s at. These sound so good!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Exactly! It can be simple as long as the ingredients are top-notch!

  3. trixpin
    April 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Oooh, I do love a toastie, and the leek addition sounds like a must!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

      The layer of buttery leek was absolutely delicious.

  4. Conor Bofin
    April 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The Wife was slicing some leeks for the dinner this evening. I would much preferred to have this to the mix of fish, potato and leek I had…

  5. Corina
    April 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Very nice – cheese and leeks is always a great combination.

  6. Yel
    April 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    What a wonderful idea! The combination has never ever occurred to me.
    On hand:
    No sourdough bread, but pumpkin pit. No mature cheddar, but medium aged dutch cheese and some pecorino.
    Lacking: grill.
    So I’m thinking a little cheese sauce (bechamel) dutch cheese, top with pecorino and then zap it with the gas-flame thing.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

      You could also oven? But then, you probably don’t have an oven either… Hope it works out.

  7. Chica Andaluza
    April 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Looks lovely and you lucky thing to have been given such wonderful bread!

  8. cooking with audrey
    April 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    ooohh, i’m growing leeks! i look forward to trying this 🙂

  9. Michelle
    April 2, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Ideal indeed!

  10. Eha
    April 2, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Beautifully simple but methinks the bread to a large degree is the star!!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

      OH yes… and the cheese, the cheese was amazing.

  11. Jura
    April 2, 2014 at 5:54 am

    That looks great although there is a little stall in borough market that I think does the perfect cheese and leek toastie. You must go if ever in London and bumbling around the market. Two pieces of sourdough, cheddar and compte, and leek and garlic. Delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

      I do enjoy a trip to borough market. I’ll have to pop along next time I’m in London and compare.

  12. Amanda Cessford- A Southern Kitchen
    April 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Divine! Simplicity is always best!

  13. Joanna
    April 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I recognise that crust 🙂 Thanks for the lovely mention, so very kind of you. I am a huge fan of leeks and cheese on toast and your stunning photo is really making me hungry and it is only 10.19 in the morning! xx Joanna

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Haha – I had to mention you, of course! I’m glad you like my photos so much :D. I’m always hungry.

  14. Marlene Cornelis
    April 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    That just looks like a little slice of heaven on a plate! I was brought up on leeks and have a great fondness for them. Would never have thought to put them on toast!

  15. cookinginsens
    April 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I know that was delicious! I love leeks.

  16. DellaCucinaPovera
    April 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

    You had me at oozing layer of cheese.

  17. taplatt
    April 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Great timing — I’ve got two leeks in the fridge and this just might end up being Friday dinner…

  18. diary of a tomato
    April 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    You always have the best ideas for cooking leeks!

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