Got a plethora of zucchini in your garden? Here you go, you are very welcome. Even if you don’t, head to the grocer or market and buy some because this galette is just that good.
This photo is gorgeous …. but even that doesn’t do it justice. Oh, the crispy puffy pastry, the creamy rich base …the fresh from the garden (or market) zucchini …. and the aroma as it bakes. This is a sure winner, and certain to be on repeat.
Incredibly delicious as a tomato galette also.
Serve this with a salad for a great vegetarian meal or cut into small pieces for an appetizer, either way it’s fantastic!
For the pastry:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, chilled in the freezer for 30 minutes
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chill again
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup ice water
1 large or 2 small zucchinis, sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (about 1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded mozzarella
1 tablespoon slivered basil leaves
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water
Glazed and ready for the oven – they already look and smell fantastic.
Make dough: Whisk together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Sprinkle bits of butter over dough and using a pastry blender, cut it in until the mixture resembles coarse meal, with the biggest pieces of butter the size of tiny peas. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice and water and add this to the butter-flour mixture. With your fingertips or a wooden spoon, mix in the liquid until large lumps form. Pat the lumps into a ball; do not overwork the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Make filling: Spread the zucchini out over several layers of paper towels. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and let drain for 30 minutes; gently blot the tops of the zucchini dry with paper towels before using. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil and the garlic together; set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, and 1 teaspoon of the garlicky olive oil together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare galette: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet (though if you line it with parchment paper, it will be easier to transfer it to a plate later). Spread the ricotta mixture evenly over the bottom of the galette dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Shingle the zucchini attractively on top of the ricotta in concentric circles, starting at the outside edge. Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of the garlic and olive oil mixture evenly over the zucchini. Fold the border over the filling, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open. Brush crust with egg yolk glaze.
Bake the galette until the cheese is puffed, the zucchini is slightly wilted and the galette is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with basil, let stand for 5 minutes, then slide the galette onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
See …. not quite enough cutting in yet, those butter cubes are too big.
Small, pea sized bits now and the liquid added.
Do not over mix, just get it together and wrap it to put in fridge for at least 30 minutes).
Salt, and allow to sit for a bit in order to draw the liquid out.
As you can see …. I’m not the best at an exact “12 inch” circle …. but I’m working on that!
Mix all your cheeses with the olive oil & garlic blend … adjust to taste with salt and pepper.
WHAT?? Already I’m crazy about this and it hasn’t even hit the oven yet. Yes, I need to work on my even edges … ha ha
Tonight we had enough people celebrating Stella turning 6 that I needed to make 2 …. so I did a tomato galette as well as zucchini. Both were delicious.
Be as inventive as you like with the cheeses, using the amounts as your guidelines. With the tomato galette I used aged gouda as well as the ricotta and parmesan. With the zucchini, tonight I had old white cheddar on hand …. What won’t change is how amazing your house smells! Go ahead, invite the neighbours in …..
Absolutely full credit (as well as the copy/paste feature) for this recipe – IN TOTAL – goes to Deb Perelman at http://www.smitten kitchen.com – one of the very rare recipes I didn’t play around with at all …. okay except I used a couple of patty pan squash because I had them….