Green Vegetable Galette with Flaky Pastry
It’s been many a year since I set foot in an Iceland shop. I moved back down to Cornwall from Leamington Spa nearly twenty years ago and I certainly haven’t been to one since then. However, when I was challenged to “Go Frozen with Iceland” and create a tasty and nutritious meal, an idea for a green vegetable galette sprang to mind. It was time to track down an Iceland store and see what I could find.
My memory of Iceland was principally of ready meals and foods I didn’t really want to eat. Times change, of course and modern freezing techniques have improved. Frozen food can often be more nutritious than fresh. This is especially true of fruit and vegetables which often get transported long distances and then sit around in shops for days or weeks before being bought and finally consumed. Freezing food almost immediately after picking seals in the nutrients and preserves freshness – that’s the Power of Frozen.
As with so many of my preconceptions, I was wrong about Iceland. Yes it has ready meals and yes it has plenty of meaty offerings, but it also has a really good selection of vegetables. One of the first things to greet me when I entered the store, was a rack of fresh fruit and vegetables, I really wasn’t expecting that. However, I was there for the #PowerofFrozen, so I continued on to the frozen vegetable section to see what might be on offer. I was delighted to see several freezers packed with a good variety of vegetables. I was particularly surprised to see bags of kale leaves, packs of chopped herbs and most exciting of all asparagus spears. Iceland is Niceland.
For my green vegetable galette, I ended up choosing spinach, parsley, sliced mixed peppers, peas and asparagus spears – all frozen of course. I was a bit sad not to take the kale, but I didn’t think I’d manage to squeeze it into my freezer. Next time.
I was so obsessed with vegetables during my visit, I completely omitted to look in the fruit section. It’s only recently, I realised there was such a thing as frozen berries and I like to keep some on hand as they make such a great addition to smoothies. A 500g bag of mixed berries, I’ve now found, only costs £1.50 at Iceland. What a bargain. In fact I thought all of the prices I saw were very reasonable. I can see another trip to England coming up soon. To find out exactly what Iceland has on offer, head to one of their stores or visit their Power of Frozen website.
Apart from a bag of peas and more recently frozen berries, I’d not really thought about stocking frozen veg in the freezer. But what a great way to create speedy suppers or meals when there just isn’t any fresh veg in the house. We often resort to cheese on toast in such circumstances, but how much better to be able to create a quick meal with nutritious vegetables. I found it a real treat when making my green vegetable galette, not to have to spend ages washing, peeling and chopping. And of course, frozen veg can cut down on food waste. Less thrown out from the supermarkets and less of that those forgotten bits and pieces in the back of our fridges.
The vegetable galette was a complete triumph. If it hadn’t been for the sounds of oohing and ahhing, it would have been eaten in blissful silence. Beautiful crisp wholemeal flaky pastry embraced a perfectly cooked and very tasty filling and topping. Not a soggy bottom in sight. Mary Berry would surely approve. We ate it warm from the oven, warmed up again the next day and then cold the day after that. All ways were good. Whilst it’s true there’s a lot of butter in the pastry, there’s very little fat in the rest. The spinach is mixed with ricotta cheese, which is naturally low in fat and less than a tbsp of olive oil was drizzled over the peppers and asparagus. It’s a great way to get a few extra veg into fussy eaters, who might not spot that the filling is actually made of spinach. Pizza, eat your heart out.
- 200g frozen spinach (I used 4 squares)
- 100g frozen mixed sliced peppers
- 8 frozen asparagus spears
- 50g frozen garden peas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 x pinch salt (or to taste
- 2 x grinding of black pepper
- good grating of nutmeg
- 1 tsp chopped parsley (I used frozen)
- 200g ricotta cheese
- 125g wholemeal flour
- 125g plain flour
- 150g unsalted butter
- pinch of sea salt
- 4 tbsp yoghurt
- Place the spinach in a covered bowl to defrost.
- Place the peppers and asparagus in another covered bowl. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt, the oregano and a grinding of pepper then drizzle with the olive oil. Leave to defrost.
- Place the peas in another covered bowl to defrost, then get on with making the pastry.
- When the spinach has more or less defrosted, add the ricotta, nutmeg, salt and pepper to the bowl stir until everything is well mixed.
- Cut butter into flour, salt and cinnamon and either rub between finger tips or pulse in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the yoghurt with a knife until the mixture comes together into a ball,
- Cover and leave to rest in the fridge or a cool place for ½ hr.
- Roll out on a floured surface into a rough circle to about 4mm in thickness.
- Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
- Spread the spinach mixture over the pastry leaving about a 5 cm boarder.
- Sprinkle the peppers over the base, place the asparagus spears in a radial pattern, then sprinkle over the peas.
- Fold the edges inward over the filling, leaving the centre open.
- Bake at 200℃ for about 25 minutes when the vegetables should be cooked and the pastry crisp and golden.
- Serves 6 - 8 people depending on how hungry they are and what you serve with the tart.
I’m sending my green vegetable galette off to the following:
- Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Monday.
- Casa Costello and Maison Cupcake for Bake of the Week
- Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary for No Waste Food Challenge
- A2K-A Seasonal Veg Table and Veg Hog for Eat Your Greens
- Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy for Extra Veg
- Travels for Taste, Fuss Free Flavours and FabFood4All for Credit Crunch Munch
- A Mummy Too for #RecipeoftheWeek
Other #PowerofFrozen recipes you might like
- Creamy mushroom potato dauphinoise via Tinned Tomatoes
- Kale pesto & cauliflower picnic pies via The Veg Space
- Moroccan kale, carrot and hummus tart via Food to Glow
- Spaghetti with kale, asparagus, chilli and lemon via Veggie Desserts
I was commissioned by Iceland to create a recipe using some of their products. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own.