I’ve always been a fan of butternut squash, and while it’s naturally sweet in taste, this cool-season vegetable also goes beautifully in savory recipes.
This recipe is simple and uses few ingredients, but the final product is out-of-this-world amazing.
And it’s healthy too, with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber offered by the colorful vegetables.
Sure, there’s some saturated fat and cholesterol in the eggs and the butter in the crust, but a little fat helps to absorb those fat-soluble vitamins! And there’s no cheese in the filling, like you’ll find in many savory galettes, so it’s safe to say we’re still on the healthier side of guilt-free.
The crust is made with all-purpose flour, cold butter, salt, egg yolks, and iced water. When baked, it is beautifully buttery, flaky and crispy.
If you’ve never made a galette before, don’t be afraid. A galette is simply a free-form tart – so it doesn’t have to look perfect. In fact, the more rustic it looks when you’re shaping and filling it, the prettier the outcome will be.
Simply make sure to knead the dough firmly until it comes together, and then let it chill for a while before rolling it out into a circle.
Next, place the filling in the middle, fold the edges inwards, and you’ve got your very own homemade galette!
Serve this the next time guests are coming over for lunch or a light dinner, and they are sure to be impressed.
Ready to make your own galette? Let’s go straight to the recipe now!
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 –Prepare the Mise en Place
Get your ingredients ready.
For the crust, measure out the ingredients: flour, cold butter and salt.
For the butternut squash and leek filling, peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds, and cut the flesh into small cubes. Chop the leeks and mince the garlic.
Step 2 – Prepare the Dough
Combine the flour, cold cubed butter, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Use a pastry cutter if you have one (or two knives if you don’t, like I did) to cut the butter into the flour until you get a crumbly mixture with the texture of coarse sand.
Add the egg yolks and iced water and then mix well until the dough starts to come together.
Sprinkle flour on a cool, flat surface like a marble slab or countertop, and transfer the dough to the floured surface. Flour your hands well and knead the dough firmly until smooth, then shape it into a ball.
Flatten the dough into a round disc and then cover it with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3 – Cook the Butternut Squash and Leek Filling
Meanwhile, heat up a little vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute the cubed butternut squash and chopped leeks until the squash is tender, stirring occasionally. This will take you around 20 minutes. Add salt to taste.
Throw in the minced garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, until the aroma of the garlic rises from the pan. At this point, remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside to cool.
Step 4 – Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Crust
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with flour. Remove the chilled dough from the plastic wrap and place it on the floured parchment paper. Use a floured rolling pin to roll it out into a ¼-inch-thick circle.
Don’t worry about the circle being perfect. Since a galette is a rustic tart, the less perfect the better.
Step 5 – Fill the Crust and Fold the Edges
Place the vegetable filling in the middle of the circle. Spread it out, but be sure to leave at least 2 inches of space between the filling and the edges of the dough.
Gently fold the edges inwards to create a galette. If the dough breaks, don’t worry – simply used wet fingers to press the dough back together.
Remember, the more rustic it looks, the prettier the final results will be, so don’t worry about making it perfect!
Step 6 – Bake the Galette
Transfer the galette together with the parchment paper onto a baking sheet and place on the middle rack of the oven.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
Serve and Tuck In!
After the galette has cooled briefly, use a sharp serrated knife to slice it into four wedges, and enjoy! Its buttery, flaky crust perfectly complements the sweet and savory filling that’s complete with a wonderful aroma, texture, and flavor.
This savory pastry is also incredibly pretty in a rustic way, which makes it great for serving guests when they come over. It’ll be obvious that it’s homemade with love!
How else do you like to eat butternut squash? Let us know in the comments below!
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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Felicia Lim
Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.