Foodie Fave: Butternut Squash Galette

There’s just something about these galettes – we can’t get enough of them! Probably because they’re so damn easy to make (and eat). And because you can fill them with whatever your little heart desires. We found this savory gem of a galette on Matt Bites. It’s perfect for brunch, a quick lunch, or a cute app at a dinner party. (And how gorge are his pictures?! #goals). 

Dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 1 large baking apple, such as Rome Beauty or Cortland
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium butternut squash (about 3/4 pounds), halved, seeded, and skin on
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled, root end trimmed but intact
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Stilton or other blue cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces)

For the dough: Pulse the flour and salt together in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse about 10 times until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with a few bean-size bits of butter in it. Add the egg and pulse 1 to 2 times more; don’t let the dough form a mass around the blade. If the dough seems very dry, add up to 1 tablespoon of cold water, 1 teaspoon at a time, and pulsing briefly. Remove the blade and bring the dough together by hand. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

For the filling: Halve and core the apple. Cut each 1/2 into 8 wedges and put them in a large bowl. Slice the squash and cut the onion into wedges so that both are as thick as the apple wedges, and add them to the apples. Add the butter, rosemary, and thyme and toss gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper and toss again.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch disk. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet and brush with mustard. Starting 2 inches from the edge, casually alternate pieces of apple, squash, and onion in overlapping circles—if you have extra pieces of one or another, tuck them in where you can or double them up until to use all the filling. Fold and pleat the dough over the edge of the filling. Bake until the crust is brown and the apples, squash, and onions are tender and caramelized, about 55 minutes. Scatter the cheese over the filling and bake until melted, about 5 minutes more. Cool the galette briefly on a wire rack. Cut into wedges and serve.

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Happy Eating, XO.

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Quick and Dirty Donuts

We get it. You don’t want to waste time in the kitchen on Christmas morning when you’ve just unwrapped a new iPhone 6 or a new hover board. (I’m talking to you, Santa.) These donuts will be done in minutes and are perfect for bites in between setting up the new background on your phone…

  • 1 can biscuits (I prefer Pillsbury but really anything will do. You know we’re not picky).
  • 4-5 cups canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar

In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Cut each of the biscuits into fours and place them in the hot oil. You’ll notice that they’ll start to brown almost immediately. After roughly 1 minutes, using tongs, flip them over to cook on the other side. Once browned on all sides, place them on a paper towel to soak up the extra oil. Let cool for 1 minute. Pour the sugar in a bowl, and roll in the donuts to coat them.

You can get creative here and add some cinnamon, or brown sugar to the coating sugar.

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Happy Eating, XO.

Maple & Beer Glazed Bacon

I know we grabbed your attention just about right away because, well BACON and BEER. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed. It’s hard to imagine making bacon any better, but this recipe legit does just that. The bacon is coated in a sweet and slightly savory glaze that makes it melt in your mouth. Mix that with the saltiness of the bacon. #canteven

  • 1 package of thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Grey Poupon mustard
  • 1 bottle Sam Adams lager

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the bacon on a baking sheet/jelly roll pan and cook for 20 – 25 minutes until slightly crispy but not fully cooked. While that’s making your house smell amazing, in a small saucepan bring the maple syrup, honey, and mustard to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the beer. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. When the bacon is done, pour the maple mixture on top creating an even layer on each strip. Cook the bacon for 5-10 more minutes depending on how crispy you prefer it.

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Happy Eating, XO.

Takeout Timeout

Guys, who doesn’t love some Sunday night lo mein or kung pao chicken. However, after eating like crap all weekend or spending too much money going out it may be best to just cook your Chinese take out staple at home. It is a lot healthier and tends to be more wallet friendly as well. I hooked up some stir fry and fried rice for the boyfriend and I last weekend, it was tre yum. Check out the fried rice recipe below and see if you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • 1/2 cup mirepoix mix (pre diced celery, onions, & carrots. You can obviously do this yourself but its just more time away from laying on the couch and watching football).
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste (I would add at the end only because soy sauce, even the low sodium stuff is pretty salty tasting so you don’t want to over season).
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger paste (if you don’t have garlic or ginger paste, the powder would work too)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sambal oelek (it’s an Asian chili oil but a few squirts of siriacha would do if you didn’t have any)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup boiled rice
  • 1 tbsp. butter (I add it just at the end, before serving. It melts into the rice and adds a nice soft texture to the dish, but feel free to leave out).

Heat the oil on high in pan or wok, while cooking the veggies, paste & spices. Don’t add the rice or soy sauce just yet. Cook till translucent/tender. Then crack the two eggs into the hot oil, veggie, spice mixture. Start scrambling, this is when you add the rice to incorporate everything together. Lower heat and stir in the chili oil & soy sauce.

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It came out so legit, I didn’t even miss having a post meal fortune cookie. I may permanently be on a time out from my take out spot.

Happy Eating, XO.