Asparagus Galette – variation on a theme
The wonderful thing about casserole fillings is that there are so many ways of adjusting and playing with them. Also asparagus continues to be on sale as it is spring and asparagus is a spring veggie. So since the matzo casserole filling was so delicious, I decided to make it again, albeit in a slightly different form.
The asparagus filling was very nearly the same as the first time around. Sauteed asparagus and onions, mixed with egg and cheese. I used mozzarella and ricotta this time instead of fontina, cause that’s what I had. And of course lemon zest. Seriously, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, lemon zest is amazing. My obsession is aided and abetted by the fact that a few months ago I bought a microplane zester for myself. Best decision ever. It seems like an unnecessary gadget, but it has quickly become one of the best kitchen toys I’ve ever bought. The only warning about it is that you need to be careful … I keep accidentally grating my knuckles a little, which is not fun. Between cooking and playing lacrosse in high school I’ve acquired tons of little scars on my hands over the years. But a zester is still completely worth it. Just be careful.
Rather than make it as a casserole, I decided to use pie crust dough as the top and bottom. However, I miscalculated slightly, and didn’t actually make enough pie crust dough to have both a top and a bottom for a savory asparagus pie. However, cooking experiments are all about working with what you have. So rather than a pie, I made a galette, something I haven’t made since I was playing with parsnips back in January. Basically, you roll out a big circle of dough, dump the filling in the middle, and fold the edges of the dough over the filling , so that only a circle of filling at the center is visible.
Pie crust – way better than matzo. I’d never put egg in a galette before, so I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, but my worries were completely unfounded. The main difference is the coloration, which was pretty minor. Variation number 2, definitely a success.