While good wine and an inspiring playlist make for an epic dinner party, what you choose to plate can also make or break the evening. That’s why we’re bypassing pies and classic cold-weather casseroles for something a bit more sophisticated this winter: the galette.
The rustic French pastry is similar to a pizza crust or tart, but much more elegant and surprisingly very easy to make. Once you’ve nailed how to make the basic dough you can top it with delicious combinations of sweet and savory fillings of your choice—from butternut squash to broccoli and feta, the possibilities are endless. Here, we give you the mouth-watering galette recipes perfect for a side dish or your new go-to weeknight dinner.
The ultimate fruit pairing, these two classics come together in one foolproof recipe—made in a cast iron skillet, nonetheless—to satisfy all your summer cravings. Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream and indulge to your heart’s content.
Asparagus Goat Cheese Galette
When chilly temperatures have you feeling blue, whip up this winter-defying solution from Simple Bites that screams spring. Fitting for a light lunch, this galette’s flaky crust and refreshing toppings promise to leave you satisfied, not over-stuffed.
Gorgonzola, Pear, and Balsamic Honey Galette
Put your sweet tooth at ease with this refined galette that pairs juicy sliced pears and a walnut crusted top with a honey-glazed crust from Desserts For Breakfast. Save for a festive night in or blow your coworkers away at the office holiday party.
Galette of Butternut Squash, Bacon and Parmesan
Hearty and filling, this galette is packed with delicious ingredients. The butternut squash and bacon combine together for a rich flavor that makes this perfect for your next dinner.
Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper and Feta Galette
Rustic and flavorful, this galette is vegetarian. It’s packed with filling veggies and topped with a rich feta for the ideal guilt-free meal.
Butternut Squash, Apple, and Onion Galette with Stilton
Don’t let the apples fool you. Onion, pepper, mustard, and spices make this galette more savory than sweet.
Tomato, Spinach, Parmesan, and Fennel Galette
This healthy option is light and perfect for the warmer months. The garlic cloves and fennel seeds make it fresh and flavorful, and a great side dish.
Spicy Sweet Potato Galette with Broccoli, Bacon and Balsamic Reduction
Bacon makes everything better, and this galette is no exception. This broccoli-filled version is perfect for your next brunch.
Leek and Potato Galette with Pistachio Crust
Pistachio crust takes this galette to a whole new level. Combine that with rich leeks and potatoes for a complex flavor pairing.
Spinach and Artichoke Galette
This vegetarian option plays upon the classic spinach and artichoke duo. Instead of the dip you’ve come to know, this version is wrapped up in a nice flaky crust and a melted mozzarella bottom layer. The crust itself is a recipe to note as it uses cornmeal and whole wheat flour giving it a thick texture and hearty flavor. Don’t forget the balsamic reduction on top—it’s a must!
Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini
Filled with a variety of veggies, this galette is healthy, vegetarian and kid-friendly. The parmesan topping ties it altogether and once cooked through, the juicy tomatoes and corn give it an amazing texture full of flavor.
Savory Chicken Galette
This galette recipe calls for chicken salami and a delicious caramelized onion and garlic jam (recipe included). You can play around with different vegetables you have on hand but this recipe includes cherry tomatoes and bell peppers adding a zesty flavor and bright color to the dish.
Broccolini and Feta Galette
This long-stemmed broccoli hybrid has a slightly sweeter taste than its counterpart making it a great addition to a galette. Because no vegetable is complete with a little cheese, slightly browned feta brings it all together making this a vegetarian and healthy entrée.
Cherry Tomato Galette
Simple, elegant and delicious, the cherry tomato version is definitely a recipe you will make more than once. The parmesan and ricotta cheese combined with the juicy tomatoes makes this an instant crowd pleaser and perfect for a last minute appetizer.
Fontina, Pear, and Caramelized Onion Galette
One of Italy’s great cheeses, Fontina is what makes this recipe come alive. The balance between the sharp cheese mixed with the sweetness of the pear and caramelized onion is heavenly to say the least.
Red Onion, Feta, and Sweet Potato Galette
This galette recipe is the perfect cold-weather dish, baked to perfection and filled to the brim with hearty sweet potatoes and cooked red onions. The salty and sweet combo makes it a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Mushroom Goat Cheese Galette
Such a simple recipe but one that shows you don’t need many toppings to make a galette tasty. The cremini and shiitake mushrooms are cooked in butter and the goat cheese makes a perfect topping. This earthy, vegetarian-friendly galette would make one amazing side dish.
Beef, Peppers, and Leeks Galette
For a heartier galette, adding some meat is essential. The recipe calls for ground beef and bacon making this the meat lover’s dream. If you are fresh out of dinner ideas this one will please kids and grown men alike. Store this recipe in your arsenal for future dinner ideas!
Looking for a simple all-in-one breakfast entrée? This recipe is complete with eggs, bacon and cheese inside a perfect flaky crust. If you find yourself hosting a brunch in the future, this is one recipe you will want on hand!
Tomato Plum Galette with Black Pepper Parmesan Crust
As the author says, “give plums the savory treatment” and it really does just that. Because the recipe calls for sweet plums the rest of the ingredients are savory, from the tomatoes down to the delicious black pepper parmesan crust. The outcome is a perfect rustic-looking masterpiece.
Thanksgiving Roasted Vegetable Galette
Don’t let the name fool you, because this recipe is good all year round. The butternut squash and carrots lend their flavor (and color!) to this amazing vegetable galette. Mix and match using veggies you have on hand to make this recipe truly unique.
Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette
The best part of making a galette is that the crust doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact it’s more appealing that way. This extra thick crust encases melted fontina cheese, soft butternut squash and sweet onions making this a step up from your usual appetizers.
Tuna and Potato Galette
Here’s a great idea if you love tuna but are short out of ideas on how to prepare it as an entrée. Not only is it a delicious savory recipe, it also provides a time saving way to prepare it using a frozen pie shell as the base. In under 45 minutes you will have a yummy galette great for all the tuna-lovers in your life.
Leek, Fennel, and Mushroom Galette
This recipe is a simple and delicious way to get your veggies. Sautéed mushrooms mixed with the cooked fennel and leeks create an earthy combination. Just look at that rich color!
This article was originally published December 12, 2015.
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