I’m avoiding zucchini bread this summer. I feel like if I make zucchini bread, I will have failed. There are so many great zucchini recipes/ideas floating around in my head that to make zucchini bread would essentially be a cop-out. Growing up I didn’t know zucchini had any other use than in a quick bread.
This tart had a tender flaky crust, gooey cheese/herb filling, and lightly roasted zucchini (although mine didn’t roast as well as I wanted them to- stupid oven.)
Even with the zucchini not cooking as well as I had hoped, this galette came out better than I had ever dreamed. This is such a great combination (and a perfect way to use up zucchini!)
Zucchini, Squash, and Ricotta Galette
- 1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons butter, chilled
- 2 oz cream cheese, chilled
- 1/4-1/2 cup of ice water
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 medium yellow summer squash
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1/2 cup Parmesan
- 1/4 cup mozzarella
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- fresh basil
- In a food processor (or a medium bowl) combine flour and salt for crust. Pulse (or cut) in butter. Once butter is mostly into small chunks, pulse (or cut) in cream cheese. (On a side note- I really love using a food processor to make this dough- less mess!) Once butter and cream cheese are in pea size pieces, pulse in 1/4 cup of water until dough begins to come together (adding a 1 tablespoon of water extra as needed.) Remove from food processor and shape into a disc (without handling the dough too much.) Wrap in plastic and place in refrigerator.
- To make the filling, spread zucchini and squash onto several layers of paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and let drain for 30 minutes. After that time, gently blot the zucchini and squash- set aside.
- For the ricotta mixture, whisk together ricotta, egg white, garlic, honey, thyme, and cheeses- set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400˚.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie dough out to a 12-14" circle and transfer to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper (you can also do an ungreased baking sheet but it wasn't easy to remove the final product.) Spread the ricotta filling evenly over the pie crust, leaving a 2" border around the edge. Next, evenly arrange the zucchini/squash into an overlapping pattern on top of the ricotta filling. Fold over the edges of the crust, pleating as needed to make and even circle.
- Combine the egg yolk/water and brush the outer edge of the crust. Drizzle olive oil on top of the zucchini/squash and place in oven.
- Bake galette until crust is golden brown and the cheese has puffed- somewhere between 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil. Cut into wedges and serve. (this is great hot, room temp, or even straight from the refrigerator as a leftover!)
by Erin Alderson