Emeril's Tomato, Zucchini, and Leek Galette
Take a Bite Out of This Refreshing Summer Favorite
Can't figure out what to make for dinner? This fresh galette might be just the thing. It's rich blend of cheese, leeks and tomatoes is delicious and light. So, give it a try tonight.
For the roasted garlic:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut a piece of aluminum foil to measure approximately 12 × 8 inches.
Slice the top quarter off each head of garlic, and place the garlic, cut side up, on one side of the piece of foil. Drizzle the oil over the garlic, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Fold the other side of the foil
over, and seal on all sides to form an airtight pouch. Transfer the pouch to a baking sheet, and roast in the oven until the cloves are soft and golden brown, about 1 hour.
Remove the pouch from the oven and let it sit until the garlic is cool enough to handle. Then squeeze
each head of garlic, gently pressing it with your fingers to expel the soft cloves into a bowl. Stir the garlic
with a rubber spatula to blend it thoroughly. Use as needed, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Note: If you don't need 5 whole heads of roasted garlic, simply use as many as you need and follow the
method here, drizzling with just enough olive oil to coat the top cut edges of the garlic and season lightly
with salt and pepper.
For the galette:
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry dough to 1/16-inch thickness. Cut out a 12-inch
round, and place it on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill the dough in the freezer for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour.
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch sauté pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the leeks, ½ teaspoon
salt, and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper. Cook, stirring as needed, until the leeks have softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the leeks to a plate; let them cool until you're ready to assemble the galette.
Slice the tomatoes into ¼-inch-thick rounds, and arrange them in one even layer on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt, and set aside to drain for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, slice the zucchini into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. In a small bowl, mix the zucchini slices with 1
tablespoon of the extra-virgin olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper. Set aside.
In a medium-size bowl, combine the goat cheese, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon white pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the extra-virgin olive oil. Mix well with a rubber spatula. Squeeze each head of
roasted garlic over the bowl, pressing the soft cloves out of the peel. Mix until the goat cheese is smooth
and the mixture is uniform.
Remove the baking sheet from the freezer (it is okay if the dough is frozen—it will soften by the time
you complete the assembly) and spread the goat cheese mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch
border around the edges. Spread the sautéed leeks evenly over the goat cheese. Blot the tomatoes
dry and arrange them in a concentric pattern over the leeks. Arrange the zucchini slices in a concentric pattern over the tomatoes. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the top. Fold the border of the pastry up and over the edge of the tomatoes.
Bake the galette for 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden and puffed.
Remove the galette from the oven, sprinkle the fresh basil over the top, and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Set the galette aside for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, from Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh, Harper Studio Publisher, New York, 2010, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved
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