Please raise your hand if you have heard of, cooked or eaten a galette. If your hand is up, congratulations! Your culinary education is much better than mine. (And you may put your hands down – thanks for playing!)
Until a few days ago, I had never heard of a galette, so I had no idea what I had been missing. I was browsing In Her Chuck’s CSA link party for the week (thanks again – I love checking out all the links!), clicked on a couple things, and eventually came to a link for this recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Zucchini and Ricotta Galette.
A galette can be described as a cross between a free form tart and a pizza. Apparently, they can be sweet or savory. And , I now know, they are also delicious.
Now, I won’t tell you it’s a super easy recipe. It’s not super difficult either, but it does have a lot of steps. First you make the pastry dough, then refrigerate the dough. Then prep the zucchini, then mix the cheese filling, then roll out the dough, then put it all together – and THEN, you have to smell it cooking for 30 – 40 minutes before you can cut a big piece and eat it!
But the end result is so very worth it.
I took one bite of this and fell in love with the galette. Yes, I have a new favorite recipe (again – I appear to have recipe committment issues). The pastry dough is light and flaky, and the cheese filling was creamy and delicious. I used both green and yellow zucchini both because that’s what I got in my CSA box, and because it’s pretty!
Hmmm… the rest of the galette is still sitting in the kitchen…I think I may go back for a second helping!
Getting ready to do a post for one that I did with tomatoes!
I’ll definitely have to check that out – that sounds great!
This looks amazing! I have heard of a galette before (points?) but never made one…thanks for the inspiration…I WILL try this recipe!
Now come and link up to this week’s party…#36 is up and running…http://inherchucks.com/2012/07/25/whats-in-the-box-36/.
ps: thanks for the shout out 🙂
Linked up! Points for sure 🙂 I don’t know how I missed out on galettes for so long, but I’m glad I found out about them now! Keep the link party going – I learn something every week!
Thanks Melissa! I can’t wait to give it a try 🙂
I had heard of a galette, but I don’t think I have ever had one. This looks scrumptious- my kind of meal! I love everything in it, and it also would make a lovely appetizer, I bet, for a fancy dinner party! Yes?
It was great – I’ll definitely make it again. I bet you’re right – if you sliced it in thin wedges, it would make a great appetizer!
Melissa, that is beautiful! I agree with Carolyn, what a great appetizer it could be too. I have never made anything like that, but I want to try it. Do you think your Dad would eat it if I put some sausage or pepperoni on it? Could you do that? Do you think meat would work on that? Stunning photo!
I think you could add sausage if you precooked it – that might be really good. Or just make it as a side dish and have Dad grill a steak 🙂 That’s probably what I’ll do if I make this for Brian.
I made a very similar Summer Squash Galette with Ricotta and Pesto a few weeks ago (http://wp.me/p2wJ0X-80). Yours looks good!
That sound wonderful – I love pesto, so I’ll definitely check out your recipe. Thanks so much!
Looks and sounds delicious!
Thanks! I think sometimes I love my own cooking a little too much, but this was pretty good!
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