Tonight I actually busted out a recipe in the newest addition of Bon Appetit. If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know this is unusual, as I am usually a month or so behind in reading the Chez US Library. Just happened that this little morsel arrived right as I was planning out the weeks worth of dinners and I turned to the page and saw them, savory little galettes.
The first time I had a galette I was in Paris and it was a mixed berry one. I loved how rustic this little tart was. Not perfect in looks; but, perfect in taste. I make them often in the summer using berries and stone fruits. Sometimes I will even put a layer of almonds on the bottom to mixture up the flavor and texture. I just really think the rustic simplicity makes the Galette so “romantic”.
This particular recipe in the newest Bon Appetit was for a Zucchini, Lemon and Ricotta based ones. Overall, it is pretty easy to make. It does involve some time/prep work (about an hour), from making the crust, to letting the zucchini drain of it natural juices; but,it is worth the wait! The crust was a basic recipe, no seasonings but salt, just a basic and very flaky crust. The filling was sauteed onions and garlic with zucchini and lemon – I used Meyer, which gave it such a more robust flavor and taste. I really think Meyers scream fresh, summer/spring and clean! After cooking the veggie filling I added ricotta and Parmesan and then slowly baked it all! The recipe did call for a sprinkling of sea salt and I decided to use this lavender sea salt I found at the market last weekend.
I had a few beets and radishes on hand and decided to make David Lebovitz’s Carotte rapees using these roots. I have made it a couple times using carrots and love it as well. I thought it would be a nice change from the carrots. The only issue I had with the beets was that it did give the salad the tendency to taste “dirty”, even though I scrubbed them and peeled them. I should have added some extra Dijon and maybe a shallot or two.
Regardless, the two dishes really complimented each other not only in extraordinary taste but also beautiful color contrast!