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Butternut Squash and Leek Galette

Servings: 4 to 6

Sautéing the leeks with crushed red pepper flakes gives this savory-sweet galette just enough heat to keep each bite interesting. Aromatic thyme makes it feel right at home alongside turkey, though some may choose to enjoy a slice as their vegetarian Thanksgiving main. The recipe is easily doubled.


For the galette dough

  • 5-1/2 oz. (1-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour; more for rolling
  • 1-1/2 oz. (1/3 cup) fine or medium yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water

For the filling

  • 3-1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3 thyme sprigs, plus 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 large leeks, trimmed, cut lengthwise into quarters, then sliced thinly crosswise to yield 2 cups
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 oz. fresh goat cheese
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg beaten with 2 tsp. water or cream
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Balsamic glaze, for serving (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 530
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 260
  • Fat (g): 30
  • Saturated Fat (g): 12
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14
  • Cholesterol (mg): 40
  • Sodium (mg): 760
  • Carbohydrates (g): 62
  • Fiber (g): 11
  • Sugar (g): 8
  • Protein (g): 10


Make the dough

  • Pulse the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine. Add the butter. Pulse until the butter is distributed and pea-size crumbs form. Add the oil and water, and process just until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

Make the filling

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment, and brush the parchment with 1/2 Tbs. of the oil.
  • Put the squash on the baking sheet in a single layer, and brush with 1 Tbs. of the oil. Add the thyme sprigs to the baking sheet, and sprinkle the squash with 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Roast until just tender and browned in places, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 Tbs. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, garlic, pepper flakes, and a pinch of kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally and lowering the heat as needed, until the leeks are tender and browned in places, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cheese, parsley, a pinch of kosher salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Crumble with your fingers to combine.

Shape and bake the galette

  • Between two sheets of lightly floured parchment, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. The dough will be soft and the circle thin, so very carefully slide the parchment with the dough onto a large baking sheet; it’s OK if some of the dough hangs over the side for now. The dough may tear now or when folding it later; if so, it’s not a big deal. Just pinch the dough together and move on.
  • Sprinkle half of the goat cheese mixture (about 1/2 cup) over the center of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Top with the leeks, then the squash, then the remaining 1/2 cup goat cheese mixture and the thyme leaves, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold the edge of the circle up and over the filling, pleating as you go. Brush the edge with the egg wash. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
  • When ready to bake the galette, position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 400°F. Bake until the crust is browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool briefly before slicing. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and serve warm or at room temperature with balsamic glaze on the side.


Make-ahead options

Roast the squash and make the dough for the crust one or two days before baking. Store well wrapped in the refrigerator.

Chill the shaped galette up to 8 hours before baking.

The galette is good at room temperature, so you can bake it at home and bring to a potluck. Or, if you like, reheat the galette in a 350°F oven until warm.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Rhianona | 01/18/2020

    My husband and I both liked this recipe. Just keep in mind the need to do the different parts ahead of time. I used the crust recipe given here and we both enjoyed it. We liked how it paired with the butternut squash. Overall, it was a tasty savory meal.

  • user-4326517 | 11/25/2019

    The filling was delicious and I loved the great flavor of the leeks. The crust with the cornmeal was not my favorite however. If I remake this I'll use the galette crust from a prior Fine Cooking edition that had a more neutral flavor.

  • Epicskatingmom | 10/11/2019

    Absolutely fabulous! I actually used a different crust recipe, but this filling is to die for. The salt measurement for the crust is also misprinted in the Magazine Oct/Nov 2019.

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