late summer pasta, fritters &
MOLé ZUCCHINI GALETTE RECIPES
In the late summer everyone is up to their ears in zucchini and looking for creative ways to use them. Spicy and savory chocolate sauces like molé and picada pair perfectly with the veggies that are in abundance right now like zucchinis, tomatoes, sweet corn and herbs. Making a batch of Molé or Picada compound butter to keep in your fridge or freezer to use in a pinch makes creating flavorful meals with variety easier.
Zucchini, Tomato & Corn Galette with Molé butter
For the pastry:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
about 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar plus a small handful to top the veggies we used a combo of Cabot and Grafton Village Cheese
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1/4 cup full cream plain yogurt
about 1/4 cup ice water
coarse sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 beaten egg and coarse grain sea salt to finish pastry
For the filling:
1 large tomato thinly sliced
1 medium sized zucchini thinly sliced cross-wise
1 sweet onion (cippolini, walla walla or vidalia) diced
1 ear sweet corn cooked, the kernels cut off of the cob
about 3 Tbsp bitter chocolate molé or picada compound butter (see recipe here) softened to room temperature
Combine flour, grated cheese, ground pepper and salt in a bowl. Add cubed cooled butter and blend with a pastry cutter or pulse in a food processor until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Add yogurt and blend with a wooden spoon until incorporated and you get a lumpy mixture (don’t overmix!).
Add ice water about 1 Tbsp at a time and mix into dough with fingertips until it just holds together in a lumpy ball.
Wrap in plastic wrap or put in an airtight plastic container and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and arrange tomato slices in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast the tomatoes in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until they lose most of their liquid and start to caramelize.
When tomatoes are finished roasting, remove from oven and turn down heat to 350ºF.
Roll out chilled dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 12″ wide and 1/4″ thick. It won’t be perfect, and that’s perfect!
Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Put a thick schmear of the softened molé butter in the middle of the rolled out dough, leaving about 2″ along the sides free.
Arrange sliced tomatoes on top of the butter in an overlapping fan shape so the butter is completely covered. Arrange an even layer of the cooked corn kernels on top of the tomatoes, then the diced sweet onion on top of that saving about 1/4 for the top, then the zucchini slices in a fan shape. Top with the remaining diced sweet onion.
Starting in one place and continuing from each fold, fold the pastry dough aver edges of the veggie filling to create a rustic tart (I didn’t take photos of this part of the process, but I will next time I make the galette and add them here!). Again, it won’t be perfect, but that’s exactly what you want! The idea is for the pastry to hold the veggies inside like a rustic bowl while they cook and release their juices.
Brush the folded edges of the pastry with a lightly beaten egg and dust with coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle the last bit of grated cheese on top of the exposed veggies.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the crust is brown and the veggies have softened and just started to brown.
Fresh summer Vegetables, black garlic bitter cocoa & Herb Pasta
fresh or dried pasta we used dried fusilli
one medium sized zucchini
one ear cooked sweet corn, kernels cut off
fresh herbs like basil, thyme, tarragon, oregano
two cloves fermented (black) garlic at room temperature
one teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
toasted walnuts (optional) and grated romano cheese
cold pressed olive oil the best quality you can find
Cook the pasta according to its specifications, drain and leave about 1/4 cup of reserved cooking water in the pot. Turn the burner to low. Return pasta to the pot, add a good glug of olive oil and stir. Put the pot back on the still warm burner on low.
Finely chop the fresh herbs. Grate the zucchini into fine short ribbons. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half cross-wise. Soften the black garlic into a paste by pressing the back of a teaspoon on it and making a short smearing motion.
Add the grated zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cooked corn kernels, black garlic and herbs to the pasta, stir to combine. Add a little more olive oil a little bit at a time if the pasta looks dry and the black garlic, veggies and herbs aren’t slightly sticking to the cooked pasta. Salt and pepper to taste.
Top with toasted pine nuts and grated romano. Voila!
Zucchini & Sweet Corn Fritters with Chipotle-Cacao Remoulade
for the fritters:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 medium sized zucchini grated (about 1 cup)
Kernals from one ear of corn, cooked and sliced off
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, diced we used a sweet Italian variety
one small sweet onion, diced (cippolini, wallah wallah, or visalia)
for the remoulade:
1 cup mayonnaise
juice from 1/2 lime
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp grated unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp powdered chipotle pepper
sea salt to taste