I learned home cooking from my mama. I’ve talked endlessly about this before. Mostly it’s because I love my mama and all that she taught me. But also because food is family. Someone who I haven’t mentioned as much, but is just as important in my food journey, is my sister. She is an amazing cook and baker! She is constantly challenging herself to try new things and push the limits. I envy this because I so often stay in my comfort zone. Oh, and she gave me this Butternut Squash Galette recipe!
There are many out there who are great cooks, but not great bakers—and vice verse. It’s sort of like how some people are great at soccer but only adequate at basketball—similar world, different skill set. This recipe, perhaps unfortunately, combines both cooking and baking. You need basic skills in both. By no means do you have to be Ina Garten—though, wouldn’t that be great?? But like I said, I got this recipe from my sister. And she is great at all things culinary. So naturally, I try to be as well. Typical youngest child stuff, ya know?
A galettte is a French round cake with a savory filling, often made from a pie dough. So basically it’s like a chicken pot pie—but with butternut squash in this case. The first time I had this galette was at my sister’s house for dinner. She made roasted chicken and this was the side dish. Because, you know, we are carnivores and veggies are just for the side. Anyways, I immediately fell in love! It is sweet but savory, soft and luscious but crunchy and full of texture. Added bonus? This dish is full of autumnal flavors.
I will warn you: this dish is both intensive and time-consuming. This is not a quick and easy meal. The good news, however, is that there is a lot of down time in between. So it makes it easier to balance a big meal prep. You can make other dishes while you’re idle during this one. I suppose that helps balance things out. Also, this recipe is not mine!!! Nor is it my sister’s. She found it and makes it all the time and I then passed it on to me. Now you can have it too! (Thanks, Smitten Kitchen!)
Let’s get down to it! Start with the pastry. I’m not sure you could buy pre-made dough for this dish. But I can say that the dough isn’t that hard to make. Put a bowl-full of frozen butter in a bowl of frozen flour. Cut it in with a pastry cutter—or if your kitchen is basic, like mine, then use a whisk and shear force. Freezing the items (for an hour) makes it easier to create the lumpy texture when the butter and flour mixes. Mix in the remaining dough items gradually (as instructed) and knead until a dough forms. It may be a tad sticky but no worries there. Again, refrigerate the dough for an hour until it solidifies.
For the filling, cut up the butternut squash into small cubes. Related tangent: I love butternut squash. It has a slightly sweet flavor, similar to pumpkin. When roasted, it resembles sweet potato in texture. The only thing I don’t love about butternut squash is that its shape makes it hard to peel. Back to the recipe—roast the butternut squash in the oven. While that’s going on, caramelize your onions in a frying pan on low heat. And while both of that is going on, put your shredded cheese and sage in a large bowl. Add your squash and onions when they’re done and mix away!
After the dough forms, grab a rolling pin and some flour. Spread flour on everything—the rolling pin, your rolling surface, and even the dough ball. It will help stop the dough from sticking. Roll out the dough until flat. Scoop the squash filling into the center of the dough. Then, fold the sides over top of the filling, pleating for visual effect (and holding things together). Keep the middle open! Last step! (I told you this was a lengthy recipe!) Bake until the crust is golden brown.
This dish is great as a side. It’s a perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving menu! You could also just eat it off of the baking sheet with a knife and fork like I did with my roommates/my brother’s band mates. Either way, the laborious and time-consuming effort pays off in a big way, because this dish is fantastic. It’s also super versatile—keep the dough recipe and change the filling! No matter what you do, don’t miss out on trying it. You could just end up passing it along to your sister too!
Do you love butternut squash? How do you make it?
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