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Mama’s Kitchen: Feta & Dill Galette with Lemony Spinach Salad from Fine Cooking

I’m trying to make more and more meatless dinner meals lately. I’m not going complete vegetarian believe me, I love my burgers and fried chicken. But, in order to keep calories down (at least Monday – Friday) we eat lots of fish and vegetarian dishes. When skipping meat, it’s always important to make sure you’re getting your protein and one of my favorite sources of protein is eggs.

I was flipping through my new Summer Eats issue of Fine Cooking and came across a recipe for a Feta & Dill Galett with Lemony Spinach Salad. This recipe piqued my interest for several reasons. First, I had never had a savory galette – the ones I’ve had always involved fruit (my favorite is cherry!). Second, the recipe included some of my favorite ingredients – eggs, puff pastry and lemon. But it was that very combination of egg and lemon zest that I found to be a little weird. I would never have imagined putting those two flavors together. I am so happy I tried this because that flavor pairing was AMAZING.

My husband and I loved this recipe and I will definitely be making it again and again (and for Father’s Day breakfast). We had it for dinner one night and then had the left overs for breakfast on Saturday. It re-heats well in a toaster oven. It’s the kind of meal you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner and be completely satisfied. The best way to eat this is to have a bit of the Lemony Spinach Salad with every bite of your galette. You’ll definitely want seconds of this!

2 large eggs
1/3 cup crème fraîche or heavy cream
2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill, plus 1/2 cup loosely packed dill sprigs for the salad (optional)
1 tsp. lightly packed, finely grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp. kosher salt; more for the salad
Freshly ground black pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 cup crumbled feta (about 4 oz.); I like Valbreso and Mt. Vikos brands
4 small handfuls baby spinach (about 3 oz.), washed and dried, large stems removed
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice; more to taste

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, crème fraîche or cream, chopped dill, lemon zest, salt, and about 10 grinds of pepper.

On a lightly floured surface, gently roll out the puff pastry until it measures about 11 by 13 inches. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Lay the pastry on the baking sheet, wet the edges with water, and fold over a 3/4-inch border, mitering the corners for neatness. Distribute the feta evenly within the border, and then carefully pour the egg mixture over the cheese, taking care that it doesn’t slosh onto the border. Carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the pastry is puffed and brown on the border and the underside, and the filling is golden brown, 18 to 20 min.

Slide the galette off the pan and onto a rack to cool until still warm but not hot. Move the galette to a cutting board and cut into four rectangles, so that each piece gets some border. Put the four pieces on plates.

In a large bowl, toss the spinach and dill sprigs (if using) with the olive oil and lemon juice until evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice to taste. Arrange a handful of salad on each piece of galette and serve immediately.

Make Ahead Tips
Thaw puff pastry in the refrigerator overnight or all day while you’re at work. Or thaw at room temperature for at least 45 minutes (less if your kitchen is quite warm).

So easy and so quick! Buon Appetito!

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