Leek and Zucchini Galette


This rustic summer galette, a perfect use for July and August's ubiquitous crop of zucchini, is brightened by a dollop of lemon-scented ricotta.


For the Crust

  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 8 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4-6 tbsp. ice water

For the Filling

  • 3 tbsp. canola oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 medium leeks, washed and thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme
  • ⅛ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • Zest of one lemon


Step 1

Make the dough: Whisk together flour, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and using a pastry cutter or your hands, incorporate the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 2

Drizzle four tablespoons of water over the flour mixture; stir with a wooden spoon until clumps start to form. If the dough looks dry, slowly add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed. Gather dough together and form into a disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

Step 3

Meanwhile, make the filling: Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add leeks and salt to taste and cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks soften and turn lightly brown, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and nutmeg and stir until fragrant, about 1 additional minute. Turn off heat and set aside.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and place dough onto floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 12-inch circle, and gently transfer to a large baking sheet. Spread leek mixture in a thin, even layer on the circle, leaving 1½ inches of dough around the perimeter. Arrange zucchini slices in an even layer on top of the leeks; brush with oil and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste. Bake until crust is lightly browned and zucchinis are cooked through, 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Step 5

Combine ricotta and lemon zest in a small bowl. Slice galette into wedges and serve topped with a dollop of ricotta.

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