Make a savory galette for simple fall entertaining

There is no denying that my favorite time of year for entertaining is the early fall.

From cozy weekend harvest dinners to our annual outdoor Thanksgiving, I play hostess more in October than any other month of the year.

But as our family has grown – not in size, but in age – and our weekends are devoted to chauffeuring children around to various ice rinks and cheering them on as they play, my approach to gathering friends and family has changed ever so slightly.

To begin with, I try only to make recipes that can mostly be made in advance. I also choose those which can be doubled or tripled easily to take into account the growing appetites of the kids we know, now that they are all approaching the teenage years.

Lastly, I try to offer familiar comfort foods (who doesn’t love those this time of year?) in fresh and exciting ways. This year, the dish that fits into my entertaining arsenal quite nicely is a rustic savoury galette.

Samosa Galette 2

Pre-made fillings are stuffed into homemade crusts of all shapes and sizes and folded up nicely to create a tasty tart your crowd will love. They can be made large enough to cut into wedges, served up in individual sizes, or formed in a muffin tin for a hearty pre-dinner appetizer.

We’ve been filling our crusts with a thick chicken stew, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and aged cheddar, and sausage mixed with apple chunks, fresh sage, and feta.

This samosa version has also been seeing a lot of table time lately. The flavors are mild making it a great way to introduce Indian dishes to your family, and it’s something a little extra special to serve up to guests who come for dinner.

I like to serve ours with a cilantro cream (a cup of sour cream, juice of one lime, half a cup of cilantro and salt), or homemade chutney if I have one on hand, and a simple salad to offset the heavy pastry and potato combo.

Savoury Samosa Galette

Feel free to take a shortcut with this recipe and use frozen puff pastry in place of homemade pie crust. Sweet potatoes are also a nice (and colourful!) replacement for the regular ones.
5 from 2 votes
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Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 403kcal
Author: Jan


  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 cups diced unpeeled potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 recipe pastry dough enough for one 9” crust
  • 1 egg lightly beaten (for egg wash)
  • 1 Tablespoon water (for egg wash)


  • Heat the oil in a medium pan set over medium heat. Add the cumin and fennel seeds and when they begin to sizzle add the onion, cooking for 5 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  • Add the minced ginger, turmeric, ground cumin, garam masala, salt, pepper, and cayenne (if using) and cook for 1 minute. Add the potatoes to the skillet and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the outer edges of potatoes are golden brown. Add the stock and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.
  • Add the peas and cilantro to the pan, and cook for 1 minute, adjusting the seasonings if necessary. Remove from the stovetop and allow to cool completely.
  • Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly flour a work surface and roll pastry into a 12” circle; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon the samosa mixture into the centre of the pastry circle, mounding it a little in the middle and leaving a two-inch border around the perimeter.
  • Fold the edges of the pastry up, pleating it as necessary. Brush the egg wash over the pastry and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the filling is heated through and the crust is golden brown.


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1307mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 28.5mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 7.4mg


Do you love to entertain in the fall as much as I do? If so, what are some of your favorite dishes to serve?

About Jan

Jan Scott is a Canadian food writer, party planner, and mom of two active tween boys. She is the home cook and creative behind Family Bites, a blog inspired by the simple recipes and party ideas she’s put to the test on her family. Prior to making the transition to freelance writer, Jan spent five years as a party planner for a private catering company, but shifted to working from home in order to spend more time with her growing family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh Jan, this is simply inspired! As you know I love me a good galette, especially a savoury one and this is such a great idea! On my list for my vegetarian friends who will be eating with us this Thanksgiving!

  2. What a gorgeous galette! I could go for this asap!!

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food says

    I am a sucker for a galette… either savory or sweet. I always fail at making nice looking pie crusts but galettes are so rustic, they always come out perfect.

  4. Oh! I have been obsessed with savory galette lately! this is beautiful!

  5. That is one tasty looking fall galette!

  6. All the awesomeness of samosas without the messy work of wrapping up all the little dumplings and frying. Pretty excited to make this!

  7. Mmmmmm. I love samosas and the idea of a savory galette!!! Must try 🙂

  8. Galettes are my all-time favorite dish for entertaining. So easy, so elegant. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Jan @ Family Bites says

      Aren’t they the best? We just filled one with a chicken, bacon, butternut squash combo and it was pretty fantastic.

  9. wow this galette looks gorgeous and so perfect for fall entertaining! anyone would love this at the centerpiece of their table!

  10. I love samosas; making a galette is an ingenious way to feed the whole family efficiently! Merci mille fois!

  11. Great recipe and great idea for introducing Indian to those still new to it.

  12. I love galette’s! Definitely a favorite of mine.

  13. Your galette looks fantastic!

  14. Oh goodness, this looks so warm and inviting! I am so excited to make this 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    I made this last week, and we devoured it. My toddler couldn’t get enough, and I loved watching her little fingers pick up the peas and potatoes. This will be in our regular meal rotation for a while.

    One of my favorite dishes for entertaining is an easy one – fried herbed almonds. They’re addictive and perfect for snacking until it’s time for the main course to be served.

    • Jan @ Family Bites says

      Hooray – I’m so happy to hear that your family enjoyed the dish. And those almonds sound like the perfect solution for a pre-dinner snack when entertaining.

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