roasted leek and white bean galettes Recipes

roasted leek and white bean galettes

Is this a good place to admit that in all years I sat down at the Thanksgiving table when I didn’t eat meat, it never occurred to me that I needed an alternative meal? Because: sweet potatoes. Because: green beans. Because: stuffing and cranberries and dinner rolls and four types of pie! My plate was heavy. My face was stuffed. I mean, who’s really in it for the turkey?

it's a buttery crust, you could say
ready to roast

But, you’re probably a better vegetarian than I was (one who does not consider a montage of side dishes a proper meal) or at least a better host (one who believes every guest, regardless of diet, deserves a main dish), which means that you are probably currently tasked with making something vegetable-centric that’s a) not just everyone else’s side dish, b) ideally contains protein too, c) would be a good fit for the other harvest-y flavors on the table, i.e. no small order.

roasted leeks, could be roasted longer
mix the filling

May I suggest a galette? These savory free-form pies have been an Smitten Kitchen favorite since our 2006 inception. There was one with Wild Mushrooms and Stilton, Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onions, Zucchini and Ricotta, Cabbage and Mushroom and even one with Burst Tomato with Zucchini and Corn (no side-eye over the zucchini, please, there were several at the market this week! Corn, yeah, not so much). Or, if you’re looking for something new, how about this one with roasted leeks, white beans, a little lemon, garlic and really never enough gruyere cheese?

pile of filling

Here’s the thing: any of these recipes will make one large (that can be cut into 8 appetizer-portion wedges) or four smaller ones that could replace turkey and gravy on a vegetarian plate. The dough keeps for a week in the fridge and longer in the freezer. The baked galettes keep for at least two days in peak form in the fridge and rewarm fantastically and all are also good nearing room temperature, which means that even if you’re juggling a massive menu, they’re not going to add any last-minute cooking drama. Plus, most essentially, they’re insanely good with the flakiest dough I know how to make and flavorful fillings and really don’t be surprised if people forgo the turkey to grab one of these instead.

ready to bake
roasted leek and white bean galettes

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Roasted Leek and White Bean Galettes
Filling inspired by this Food & Wine gratin

For the pastry:
1 1/4 cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons (4 ounces or 115 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chill again
1/4 cup (60 grams) plain yogurt or sour cream
2 teaspoons (10 ml) fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) ice water

For the filling
6 small-to-medium leeks, dark green tops discarded, white and light green parts halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
2/3 cup grated gruyère cheese, divided

1 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Make dough: Stir the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Sprinkle bits of butter over dough and, using a pastry blender or your fingertips, work it into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, with the biggest pieces of butter the size of tiny peas. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, lemon juice and water and add this to the butter-flour mixture. With your fingertips or a wooden spoon, mix in the liquid until large lumps form. Pat the lumps into a ball. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

Meanwhile, prepare filling: Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange leeks cut-side-up in a large (9×13-inch) baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Flip the leeks so that their cut sides face down, add 3 tablespoons of water to the dish, cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes until tender. Uncover and continue roasting the leeks for 10 to 15 minutes, or until caramelized. Leave oven on. Let leeks cool slightly, then chop into segments and place in a large bowl. Toss with beans, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, 1/2 cup grated cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble galettes: Divide dough into 4 pieces. On a floured counter, roll the first piece dough out into a roughly 8-inch round, although it really doesn’t need to be perfectly shaped. Transfer to a large parchment-lined baking sheet; I like to fold my dough gently, without creasing, in quarters then unfold it onto the baking pan. Sprinkle about 1/4 of the prepared filling into the center of the dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle with about 1/4 of the remaining cheese. Fold the border over the filling, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open. Brush crust with egg yolk glaze. Repeat with remaining dough and filling, making 4 small galettes.

Bake the galettes: For 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown all over. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes, then slide the galette onto a serving plate. Or, if you’re planning ahead, let cool completely and refrigerate until needed. Gently rewarm before serving in a low oven.

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95 comments on roasted leek and white bean galettes

  1. Andrianna

    I don’t eat meat but I’ve never missed having a main dish on Thanksgiving! Too many delicious sides, a main dish wouldn’t fit on my plate (or in my stomach) anyway :)

  2. Gale

    Okay, now that I’ve actually read the recipe, one question. Would it not be easier to cut the leeks into segments when raw? Cooked (and caramelized) leeks are so soft. Do they not mush up when cut after cooking? Or, conversely, would they burn if roasted in segments? Thanks again!

  3. I don’t ever remember reading that you used to be a vegetarian. As a not very good vegetarian, I thank you! There’s always so much good stuff on the table I never miss not having turkey except for the day after when I liked a turkey sandwich as a kid. It always tasted better to me on white Wonder bread slathered with mayonnaise. This galette looks and sounds delicious. Happy holiday!

  4. Megan

    I don’t eat meat and I never felt that was an issue on Thanksgiving. I just wish that gravy was somehow magically vegetarian. :)
    And I love galettes – these look amazing! Never thought to make them smaller though. Great idea thanks!

  5. Of the 100+ recipes I’ve made from this website and your cookbook, the Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Galette is hands down my favourite! I love it so much, and look forward to squash season just to make it!

  6. Ingrid

    I especially like the make-ahead aspect. Making Thanksgiving dinner for eight families and one vegetarian, I thought no way would I be able to fit this in. It sounds wonderful though, and if I can make it the day before, it might actually be possible!

  7. People who were vegetarians but then went back to eat meat always intrigue me! Anything with a crust makes me sublimely happy. Scrumptious as always. Happy Thanksgiving. Maybe we’ll see you on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade special. You never know!

  8. Cheryl

    What a wonderful idea! I remember always being so grateful when the host made a special effort to accomodate my diet. These will fill the bill beautifully! Thanks again and happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Anya

    This looks amazing. As a vegetarian, my biggest pet peeve is that while delicious, my traditional meal is always starch, starch and more starch (most of the family likes the green bean casserole with the canned soup, or overcooked frozen vegetables… yuck). So this? PERFECT. Thank you thank you thank you. Can’t wait to make them.

  10. Awads

    I went to the trouble to make gorgeous stuffed roasted onions for my vegetarian Thanksgiving guests one year. They really looked entree-worthy! While everyone loved them, omnivores and veges alike, everyone still ate turkey. meaning, for some vegetarians, that roasted bird is tough to turn down!

  11. Karen

    This looks delicious! Though I’m wondering for someone who needs gluten-free and non-cow-dairy free, if I could make a version of this with a gluten free crust, and replacing the gruyere cheese with some other non-cow-milk version. Possibly goat cheese? Suggestions are VERY welcome, as I’d really like to make this! Thanks!

  12. Abigail

    This looks great, but I’m vegan. For the filling I would simply omit the cheese and glaze, and butter in the pastry is easy to substitute. The only thing I can’t figure out is the sour cream. I haven’t had luck with vegan substitutes in the past. What would you recommend? Thank you!!

  13. These are ‘galettes’ in a very different style from the French original use of that term, which means thin crepes made with (I think) buckwheat flour.
    Using this filling in the French kind of galette instead would reduce the starch content considerably and avoid most of the issues with how to make them vegan, since they require neither butter nor sour cream.

  14. Aarthi

    I love this! As a lifelong vegetarian I was lost on what to make for thanksgiving this year. I did not feel like a lasagna and this my dear Deb calls my name. My entire family including the 18 month olds will love this. This is the reason I love this blog. It is not necessary to be austere to eat well. Just balanced:) this a nice kale salad and your pecan pie is going to be our thanksgiving menu. Maybe some sweet potato to please the kids and kid minded among us.

  15. Sides are by far the best thing about Thanksgiving, and in the years that I did not eat meat I was always more than happy to have a dinner made up of all the sides. That being said, these would be an incredible addition to the Thanksgiving table. The beans, leeks, and gruyere sound like a perfect combination.

  16. john burke

    Using canned beans is really a good idea. I don’t make bean dishes often enough because I have this residual from-scratch anxiety, but I wouldn’t bet my life on telling canned beans (good ones, Progresso or something) from cooked-from-scratch in a blindfold test. (In fact I wouldn’t bet five dollars on it.) Time to overcome that anxiety and make this terrific dish–thanks, Deb.

  17. This looks delicious, and I’m sure I would enjoy it. But…I’ve been a vegetarian lo these many years, and frankly, I delight in Thanksgiving as a festival of carbs. I might feel a bit put out if someone actually served me a main dish, and I had to make room for it on my plate. But I come from a family where we place much emphasis an overabundance of sides (and pies) including my fave, mac and cheese. Also my mother and/or grandmother always makes me a small dish of cornbread dressing with vegetable broth, and I am in heaven.

  18. YES! A new bean recipe that I haven’t yet tried! Thank you! I’m really excited to make this… possibly without the gruyère, because I am one of those monsters who doesn’t appreciate cheese.

  19. Jenny

    I am going through another extended period of obsessively eating white beans with everything. Usually your roasted cherry tomatoes and onions, but this looks like a good alternative. PS. I think the one year link should say pumpkin pie and not pecan.

  20. JORJ

    Why do you wait to chop the leeks till after they are cooked? Just wondering about the logic there (also thinking it would be nice not to have to wait till they cool to cut them)

  21. RM

    Just made and devoured this. DEFINITELY going in the recipe box, so good!!! Added little tiny buttery gold potatoes because I couldn’t help it.

  22. Heather

    I look forward to trying both the new and more established galettes for vegetarian friends at Christmas (had Canadian Thanksgiving a month ago). Next, I hope for one of your lovely galette fillings for my vegan buddies. Me, I think, no cheese? Why go on? But the vegans beg to differ.

  23. Somewhat recently in the NY Times was a cooking article about using store-bought pizza dough to make galettes…did you see that? (I think it was someone famous writing the column, which I know totally helps…google is not helping me, I’m sorry) Have you ever tried it? The appeal is the dairy-free-ness for certain people who sit at my table

  24. JP

    @#31Kate: There are a lot of very good pastry dough recipes that contain no dairy. I would try that rather than pizza dough that is not ever flaky but more chewy. I can’t see a galette with chewy pastry. It should be more like a pie pastry, if I am not mistaken.

  25. Mai

    I’ve been tasked with bringing the veggies to holiday dinners since I discovered the joy of the farmer’s market in college and whelp, I know what I’m bringing for Thanksgiving this year! And maybe Christmas too!

  26. Cindy

    For those asking about dairy substitution, I’ve made Deb’s galette dough with tofutti’s better than sour cream, which is vegan. It worked beautifully. I am not a vegan (but have dairy averse friends), and have made the dough with regular sour cream before. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference when I used the substitute, and the texture was still wonderful.

  27. Maia

    I second Cindy on the sour cream substitute, and I use Earth Balance Buttery Spread. Both are vegan, and work for the lactose intolerant (me) and for my very-picky-about-anything-resembling-savory-pie British partner who is a huge believer in butter.

  28. Kyle

    Oh holy shit. (runs for kitchen)

    I have made a variation on Mark Bittman’s boulangerie beans and potatoes for years that is reminiscent of this. Leeks, cannellini, potatoes, a bit of cream and stock baked for forever.

    I just came off your butternut squash galette and cannot wait to give this one a try! I know the crust is superb. I know the filling is what I want.


  29. Marcia

    I love this pastry so much that I would happily eat it with no filling at all.
    I have wondered if it could be rolled into croissant-ish shapes, and baked by itself?

  30. RachelB

    This is beautiful! I’ve already got my Thanksgiving entree figured out, but I’m contemplating making this at Christmas, when there will be another vegetarian present.

  31. I love this pastry so much! It looks so yummy, nutritious and the most important is, I can make this for my vegetarian friend to surprise them! I always running out of idea when I plan to make some dishes for them. I’m really excited to make this.

  32. Adrienne K

    I have actually hosted Thanksgiving once in my life (I’m the kind of person who invites 15 people and then says “how do you make a turkey?”) I had 3 diabetics, 2 heart problems and an anorexic. No vegetarians, though…

  33. Susan

    Deb, do you think you could make a galette and freeze it BEFORE it’s baked? Then bake it from frozen? Or thawing it out first? I use your galette recipes ALL the time. Wondering if this would work…. :)

  34. Marlene

    Thank you so much – these sound delicious and a god send for my vegetarian Christmas Day Main and perfect they can be made ahead. :)

  35. Linda

    This recipe looks wonderful. I have enjoyed so many of your recipes over the years and look forward to enjoying this one too.
    With respect, I think that providing a main course for every guest’s dietary desires is not the responsibility of a host. Like you I was a vegetarian for many years. Indulging in a wealth of side dishes was my MO, with no sacrifices involved. This is being a gracious guest.
    If hosts feel they *must* provide a main dish for everyone’s dietary needs, they turn their home kitchen into a restaraunt kitchen. If a guest has a dietary need related to a medical issue, then a special dish is important. If a guest has a dietary limitation based on choice (and vegetarianism is a choice), then the gracious thing is to enjoy the side dishes in the spirit in which they were prepared – as a gift.
    Or perhaps the vegetarian or glutein-free guest can bring a dish they made in introduce the other guests to the delicious options available within a restricted diet.
    I write this not to question anyone’s dietary choices or needs, but as a reminder that the gracious guest enjoys the food a friend or family member makes for you in a spirit of gratitude.

  36. MaryM

    As luck would have it, I made my first-ever visit to a Trader Joe’s yesterday, and what was among my purchases? Why, two bags of frozen leeks! Along with some bags of frozen pearl onions, for the Creamed Onions with Bacon and Chives! It is one long, honkin’ drive to TJ’s, but I think it will be worth it in the future. I think I might have regrown part of a recent 55-pound weight loss just thinking of creamed onions and creamed leeks and precious little gallettes. Totally worth it. Wishing everyone a big,fat, rich American Thanksgiving meal!

  37. Topol

    This recipe for the leeks sounds good enough on its own without the galette. I would even try it with puff pastry and skip making the pastry dough.

  38. Colleen

    For questions on freezing galettes, I will often par bake small pies (flaky or yeast dough) about half way through, cool and then freeze them on a cookie sheet, and then put them in a bag (preferably a vacuum seal bag so they do not get icy) to keep indefinitely. It makes them a bit more solid to handle (and pack for lunch) and less likely to stick to the bag. Take them directly from the freezer to the oven and bake a bit longer. If you are afraid that it will get too dark, cover it in some foil. I would expect that it would work with a big pie as well, but then I would need space in my freezer for such things so I will never know.

  39. deb

    Susan — Perhaps? I don’t think it would be a total fail, FWIW. It’s more about figuring out if the frozen-then-defrosted-then-cooked-again filling would have a nice final texture. I’d put my confidence level that it would without testing at… 80% :)

    Marcia — I think you could, but it would be a crisp thing, not like a croissant. Soft inside, but still a firm pastry knot. How about rolled into a croissant shape with a little marinated feta in the middle for a party appetizer?

    Yeasted galette dough — Actually, I have one I’ve been wanting to audition forever. But I probably won’t be able to report back on it until January. If it works, it would work with any of these galette recipes, so I too am intrigued.

    Jorj — You could, I suppose, but I think they roast prettier in long lengths. You don’t have to wait long; you can chop them hot.

  40. DB

    Regarding comments about guests with special food issues: In my family we have one very dear and close person who is lactose intolerant – so butter and milk are out. I can deal with that (though Earth Balance and Lactaid do not an awesome mashed potato make!). However, what about folks bringing dishes – EVERYTHING has butter. And most folks resent my asking them to use a substitute.

    Then, there’s the individualin our family who is truly allergic to nuts. I can deal with that, but it seems that others keep “forgetting” or don’t want to think about it when they are making their dish.

    Then, there’s the vegetarians. They are cool. They’ll eat whatever, but many folks seem to want to comment about their choices at Thanksgiving.

    Love the looks of this dish and will be making it for my vegetarian family as well.

    People! c’mon!

  41. Jennifer

    @#6 Megan, it is possible to make a great vegetarian gravy. :-) My mom has been making it for my vegetarian sister for years. She always starts with chopped carrot, celery, garlic and onion; sometimes chopped mushrooms, too. A veggie stock base, obviously, as well as mushroom stock, soy sauce and various herbs and seasonings. Mom doesn’t make her stock from scratch; she uses whatever is on sale at Whole Foods or Wegman’s. Since my sister does eat dairy, The veggies are sautéed in butter and olive oil for richness. It works! My mom has learned to make enough gravy for the carnivores, too. (Though she makes a mean turkey, my mother-in-law’s gravy is very inconsistent.)

  42. Susan

    What a great and fairly easy idea for serving the vegetarians invited to a meal! Everyone would love these. As far as preparing special items for guests with food allergies, I feel that if you invite them it IS your responsibility to feed them something they can eat. Would you invite someone out to eat then make them pay? I can’t imagine it!

  43. Liz


    I made the butternut/caramelized onion version tonight.

    I am currently eating it and I don’t want to eat anything else ever again.

    I can’t thank you enough!

  44. Lindsey

    This might be a dumb question but are the leeks washed?? I often use them for soup and find I have to chop them before I clean them to get all the dirt out of the layers.

  45. Rachel


    When you half the leeks lengthwise, you can (carefully) separate the root end and rinse out any grit, then rearrange the layers. Usually it’s just the bottom of the leek that still contains dirt. Since you add liquid as you roast anyway, a little extra clinging to the leeks should be no problem.

  46. Susan

    Made this tonight to accompany lamb steaks, and it was just awesome. I added a little caramelized onion to the filling, but made the rest of it per Deb’s recipe and it was just crazy good. Smitten, thanks so much for yet another keeper.

  47. Anne

    Looked so good I just had to try it on this cold saturday (and added some diced bacon in those for the meatlover part of my family…) Everyone loved it, veggie or not, thank you very much for the recipe!
    Greetings from Germany (near Black Forest)

  48. As a vegetarian, I’m more than happy to enjoy sides! My family made fun of me a few years ago for making rolls into sandwiches with sweet potatoes, blue cheese, and cranberry sauce, but why not skip straight to the sandwich portion of the Thanksgiving experience? I’d be very happy to be served one of these galettes, though. It’s a little unusual to see them with beans, so that’s a happy surprise!

  49. Tina

    Made these on Friday night for dinner, paired with some tomato soup. Absolutely fantastic! My husband (who prefers meat-based dinners) was extremely happy with these as well. We had the leftovers for lunch yesterday – they re-heat beautifully so I will definitely keep these as an idea for a dinner for company. Prepare earlier and just re-heat – elegant and very yummy! Wonderful recipe.

  50. Rashmi

    Hi Deb,
    Any other cheese that would be a good substitute? Love gruyere but I am making a sweet potato and gruyere casserole that is to die for and can’t be omitted from the menu.. would a goat cheese work well?

  51. Lizzy

    Made this tonight as 1 big galette. That worked perfectly. I forgot to turn the oven on, which didn’t work so well, and I do not recommend. My husband wants to make this again and to add some bacon, because he felt like it needed little bits of salty. We talked about adding olives or maybe little bits of feta to achieve the salty bursts while staying meatless.

  52. Hiluhilu

    Perfect timing, as we’re test driving vegetarian recipes for the holidays. We prefer to offer a “real” main dish to our vegetarians, and this fits the bill. I made these last night and my husband, a committed carnivore, loved them as well. Will try the butternut squash ones next. Thank you so much!

  53. Beth

    I made this for dinner tonight. Even the kids loved it – the flaky pastry, the soft filling – the of the nuttiness of the cheese against the sweet leeks. This is a winner! I served it with roasted brussels sprouts and garlic bread. It worked well together.

  54. As you always do, thanks for the inspiration! I made these last night for a dinner party and they were a big hit! Didn’t have any cheese on hand, but 1/4 sour cream with a dash of thyme was perfect. ;)

    Thanks again!

    P.S. This goes really well served with risotto!

  55. Michele

    Made these this past weekend for a pot luck – they were fantastic, however I have two notes: the leeks took much longer to caramelize than the indicated baking time, and because the leeks were still warm when I filled the dough, the butter in the dough melted, creating breaks and holes (so frustrating!!) and causing the filling to leak (leek?) as it baked. Despite this, it was super delicious and I can’t wait to make it again – but I will definitely prepare my leeks in advance!

  56. I completely agree though – the side dishes are all you need! I was only vegetarian for one Thanksgiving, but I felt like the sides were more than enough. Although these… with homemade flaky crust? Heck yes. Looking forward to making these next time I have a quiet Sunday afternoon to myself :)

  57. Jean

    I am making this for dinner tonight. Why wait until Thanksgiving? Anything with leek and cannellini is perfectly A-ok with me! Thanks for the recipe, Deb!

  58. L from G

    Mmmh, just finished dinner, that was delicious! I had never eaten galettes before, much less made them (I am more familiar with the traditional French galettes mentioned by someone else earlier, which is like a crêpe made with buckwheat flour and a savoury filling – had plenty of those on holiday in Brittany and Normandy). I was a little worried at first because the pastry dough was very soft and sticky when I made it, and I had to add more flour, but after chilling it was just about workable. And it turned out to be wonderfully flaky once husband and I both loved them. Now I have two left over to freeze and enjoy another day. Thanks for the recipe!
    Greetings from the Black Forest

  59. Sarah

    Just made these. Brilliant. The pastry is so good, and we’ll be thinking up different fillings to try next time. These went really fast and will definitely get made again. Thank you.

  60. Raven

    You could probably assemble these, freeze them, and egg wash + bake them whenever you want to eat them! That’s what I do with turnovers at work and they have a similar dough.

  61. Toña

    I am so thankful for your entertaining writing and your generous sharing of delicious recipes. My family has no reason to eat meat. We are fortunate for the abundance of good food available. Our main today is a mushroom nutloaf. Happy Thanksgiving!

  62. Rachel

    So I made and frozen these and then baked them off just before Thanksgiving dinner. Best thing on the table! They took about 35 minutes at 350 and then I gave them another 10 at 400 to get them fully brown but the filling was as bright and flavorful as on the day I made them. I had to promise one of my guests that I would make them again for him. Thank you for a delicious and unexpected addition to our Thanksgiving!

  63. Sarah

    I have leftover pie crust (traditional all-butter crust) from my Thanksgiving prep. (Hooray for guests bringing pies!) Would that work well for this dish?

  64. LauraMc.

    I’ve read Smitten for ages. I have the book. I love Deb. My husband loves Deb. Whenever we try a new recipe, we say, “It’s Smitten. It’ll work.” But you won tonight. I was diagnosed as Celiac in March and have missed pastry so much. This recipe? With all-purpose gluten free flour? TOTALLY WORKED. And was delicious. Thank you for feeding us, all, well!

  65. deb

    Rashmi — A soft goat cheese might taste good, but I’m not confident it will bind as well. I’d suggest comte or swiss, but they’re all all in the same family as gruyere/not enormously different in taste.

    To freeze — You could freeze these baked or unbaked.

    Lindsay — Yes, washed. Someone described this above, but I always split them and plunge them in cold water, fanning out the layers to make sure no grit/dirt remains. Leeks love collecting dirt.

  66. Rachel

    I loved the idea of these galettes. However, when I started making them, I couldn’t help but feel there was an error in the amount of flour called for. Using the amount listed resulted in a very wet, totally unrollable dough. I added another cup of flour. The final result was yummy – I’m just wondering if that’s really how the dough was supposed to be.

    1. deb

      Rachel — The flour is what I use. The dough is a little sticky but when firm from the fridge on a floured counter, shouldn’t be an issue. (It only gets sticky when it warms up and the butter begins melting.) Stickier doughs generally yield flakier results, so it’s best to resist adding extra flour.

  67. Margaret

    I made these tonight, and added 4 oz bacon, chopped. Then I used the hot bacon grease to wilt a couple handfuls of spinach and threw that in, too (both of these were winners in the “what’s about to go bad in the fridge?” sweepstakes). Not really vegetarian any more, but the boy, who usually hates onion, gobbled it up. Thanks!

  68. GG

    Made this last week and it was wonderful! I used a premade crust and added in 4-5 leaves chopped kale, which went really nicely. Didn’t have gruyere, so I used a little Cypress Grove truffle goat cheese, and a little regular goat cheese. Sprinkled a little shredded mozz on top. Delicious!

  69. I made these for my cooking club last night. The dough is AMAZING. I used Greek yogurt, and the combo of that with the fresh lemon juice results in the tangiest, flakiest crust! I think I have to try all the different filling combos now.

  70. c

    That gratin sounds great. I just got some awesome-looking leeks and have been looking for a good way to use them. I think that wins!

  71. Heather

    I made a version of these the past weekend. I used white beans, roasted fennel, and Swiss chard. It’s what I had in the fridge! I used the seasonings in the recipe, but used some parm instead of gruyere, as that’s what I had.

    I never would have thought to put white beans in a galette. It was interesting! I think my version had too many beans to fennel and thus was a bit dry. I think I need a little drizzle of something over it when I eat it. But the flavours were definitely there. I’d try it with leeks next time!

  72. I just made this with ramps (wild leeks) and they came out amazing! I sauteed them in butter first and then chopped them up. Thank you for all your amazing inspiration. It keeps my family and me sane when cooking can get routine and mundane!

  73. Liz Miller

    This galette is wonderful — the filling is delicious (I used asiago instead of gruyere because I happened to have it in my fridge) and the dough is lovely with the added touch of sourness from lemon zest and yogurt. I, found, however, that the half cup of liquid for the dough (yogurt and ice water) was way too much. I had to add a lot of extra flour so I could roll out the dough. Next time I will gradually add no more than a quarter cup.

  74. karinamullen

    These are SO DELICIOUS and so easy! Now a favorite, especially because the dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for a couple of days.

    I made these last night with mushrooms instead of beans and they were mighty tasty!

    The crust is so flaky and nice and they’re actually still really good the next day for lunch.

    Thanks Deb!