Slice Leek into thin rings and cook in water with salt until tender. Drain the leeks well and set aside.
In a pan melt the butter, then stir in flour. Once it's blended well, stir in the milk a little at a time, making a white sauce. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of cheddar. You could add spices of your choice at this point, such as nutmeg. Add the cooked leeks to the sauce and stir well.
Take 1/2 of the mashed potatoes and make a layer in a 9X13 inch pan. Next layer in the leek, then the rest of the potatoes. Cover with last cup of cheese, and sprinkle with bacon.
Bake in 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Source: This is one of my Mom's standby recipes that her family of 9 children enjoyed without complaining!
By LovingLynden from Lynden, WA
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