Swede, leek and apple bake

Swede, Leek and apple bake; Photo: Riverford Organic Farmers

This super-simple vegetarian bake from Riverford Organic Farmers makes an excellent midweek, cold weather dish. You could eat it as a main with cabbage or other greens on the side, or if you’re carnivorously inclined, it goes beautifully with all things porky – sausages, a roast, pork chops…My swede was a little on the small side so I also added some other thinly sliced root vegetables (parsnips and sweet potato) that I had sitting in the cupboard, waiting to be used. Worked a treat!





  • 25g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 leeks, finely shredded
  • 4 large sage leaves
  • 75ml white wine or apple juice
  • 1 swede (800g-1kg unpeeled weight), peeled, cut in half lengthways, then very finely sliced
  • 2 apples, cored, halved & thinly sliced
  • 50g Cheddar, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C/Gas 4.
  2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and fry the leeks on a very low heat for 12 minutes, stirring now and then.
  3. Add the sage and wine or juice.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes. Season.
  5. Layer the swede, apple and leeks in a baking dish, finishing with swede.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil, sprinkle with cheese and bake for 15 minutes until golden.

Prep: 10mins | Cooks: 75mins | Serves: 4


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