This impressive savory galette with figs, prosciutto, and mizithra cheese is sweet and salty and wrapped in a rustic walnut crust. It can be an appetizer, side dish, or main course.

A savory galette with figs and prosciutto and a honey dipper on parchment paper.

My favorite dishes always include some kind of buttery crust, cheese, and salty yet sweet notes. For example this savory galette with figs and prosciutto. It is perfect for any time of the day lunch or dinner and again the next morning for breakfast with coffee!

What kind of pastry is a galette?

A galette (in French cuisine) is a single crust, free-form pie with either a savory or sweet filling. They are easy to make, the galette crust edges fold over themselves and hold in all the filling.

If you’ve never made a galette before, know is they are quite simple to make. It does not require a special pie dish or tart pan. The crust is foolproof and it does not need to rest for a long time. Galette crusts can have ground nuts like pistachios or walnuts even grated parmesan cheese mixed in with the flour. Like this savory leek & potato galette, with a pistachio crust, it is delicate yet earthy. And this tomato galette with feta is one of my favorite summer dishes.

You can make a savory or sweet galette. For fillings, you can use combinations of anything you like.

A sweet galette can have fillings of seasonal fruits like apples and pears, all kinds of berries, peaches, plums, mangoes, etc. You can include jams, cheese like mascarpone, as well as caramel toppings and chocolate.

A savory galette is usually filled with a mix of vegetables, fruit, cheese like gruyère, taleggio, and feta, and meats like prosciutto, ham, etc. This squash galette with goat cheese & prosciutto for example has lovely fall flavors.

This is savory galette has a walnut crust and is filled with mizithra cheese, ripe figs, prosciutto, and a drizzle of honey with a touch of fresh basil.

Here is what you need 

Slices of prosciutto, an egg, figs, a container with salt, a pepper mill, some walnuts, fresh basil, a spoon with sugar, a stick of butter, a bowl with cheese, a bowl with flour and a pot of honey.
  • Whole wheat flour. I use ultra-fine heritage whole wheat pastry flour from Sunrise Flour Mill. You can use all-purpose flour, whole wheat or bread flour of your choice—whatever you have handy.
  • Walnuts. I grind them in the crust and also as a topping before serving.
  • Good quality butter. I always use salted butter. In case you have regular unsalted just add a teaspoon of salt when you mix the dough.
  • Mizithra cheese. This is a soft cheese primarily produced in Crete. There are two kinds: sour soft mizithra and regular sweet mizithra. I used the sour in this galette. I realise it is not easy to find so you can substitute with goat cheese or feta cheese mixed with a little ricotta. Please don’t confuse it with dry mizithra, a cheese similar to ricotta salata. Check recipe notes.
  • Ripe figs.  My favorites are Mission and brown figs.
  • Proscuitto. You can’t beat the combination of thinly sliced Italian dry-cured ham with ripe figs, tangy cheese and honey.
  • Fresh basil. Herbs make any dish feel fresh and bright.
  • Honey. A drizzle here and there is all you need for a sweet and savory flavor.

How to make this galette

Making galettes is as easy as baking a pie. It actually might be even more fun! 

Walnut pieces in a food processor.
Pulse the walnuts in the food processor until they are coarsely ground.
Savory galette dough in a food processor.
Add the flour and 1 tsp sugar to the food processor. Add the cold butter and pulse to combine, until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with some small size clumps.
Savory galette dough in a food processor and a red spatula.
Keep the motor running, gradually add to ½ cup ice water, and process until the dough comes together. Please don’t overdo it.
Savory galette dough wrapped in plastic wrap.
Transfer the dough to your work surface, form it into a ball, then flatten it into a disk. Finally, wrap it in compostable cling wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
A hand on a rolling pin pn parchment paper.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the dough on a large piece of parchment paper. Add another piece of parchment on top and roll out the dough to a 14″ round.
A plate on pie dough on a working surface.
Take a dinner plate and place it upside down in the middle of the rolled-out dough. It will leave a trace. That is your guide for the filling—next, drizzle one tablespoon of honey all over that area.
Sprinkle the mizithra cheese on the dough, then lay the figs in a fan shape all over that circle. You can overlap them as you go.
Add a tablespoon of honey all over figs.
Gently fold the edges of dough over filling, tucking, and overlapping slightly as needed.
Brush galette crust with the egg wash.
Bake for 25 minutes.

When the galette is out of the oven drizzle it with honey and add pieces of prosciutto and scatter some basil leaves all over the top and serve.

A savory galette with figs and prosciutto and a honey dipper on parchment paper.

How to serve this galette

This savory galette can be the main dish next to a large green salad. I love pairing it with an arugula salad and a balsamic dressing. A classic Greek lettuce salad will work well also.

Apart from serving large slices of this galette as the main course, you can slice in smaller portions for a delicious appetizer. Other starters that go well with this galette are these cheese triangles – tiropitakia, eggplant fritters – melitzanokeftedes, and a delicious red kabocha squash soup

A savory galette with figs and prosciutto, a piece cut out on parchment paper.

Helpful Q&A

What is heritage pastry flour? Is that a brand?

I am gluten sensitive and their grains are less likely to bother me. It is a high-quality less processed whole wheat flour. You can find helpful info at Sunriseflourmill.com.

I don’t think I can get fresh figs now. Is there any worthy substitute, dried figs?

You can definitely use dried figs. They might be really sweet so adjust the amount of honey in the galette. Maybe skip one tablespoon?
You can also use fresh peaches or fresh pears when in season. They should work well.

Can I use lard instead of butter? 

You can substitute with lard; you can use the same amount as with butter. Lard will affect the texture of the crust; it might be a little more savory and drier with more crumble.

When you say in your recipes to always get Greek feta cheese, do you mean feta made from goat’s or sheep’s milk and not cow’s milk or do you mean it must be Made in Greece?

I am Greek-born and raised and can only use Greek feta, Made in Greece. I really don’t like the French fat-free feta, for example, fat-free feta does not exist in Greece. I also don’t buy the crumbled feta in plastic containers sold in supermarkets, I find it too dry and flavorless.
My advice is: Always get a block of feta in brine. You can find good feta at Shoprite, Whole Foods, etc.
The Greek brands of feta I usually get are DODONI and MT VIKOS. Local Mediterranean grocery stores will have feta in brine. You can order online from Titan Market in Astoria, NY. Bulgarian feta is also good and might be available in these markets.
Trader Joe’s also has Greek feta block in brine.

A savory galette with figs and prosciutto, a piece cut out and a honey dipper on parchment paper.

Tips

  • You can substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour for regular whole wheat flour. I had good results with Bob’s Mill. If you use gluten-free flour bake the galette for an extra 5 minutes.
  • You can make the dough one day ahead. Just keep it chilled.
  • Pecans can be a great substitute for walnuts.
  • The best substitutes for prosciutto are slices of black forest ham, cooked bacon and pancetta cubes, or a salami of your choice.

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Savory Galette With Figs And Prosciutto

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
This galette is sweet and salty and wrapped in a rustic walnut crust.
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Dough Resting time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Greek, International
Servings 8
Calories 707 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Parchment paper
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • A dinner plate (about 10 inches)
  • Compostable cling wrap

Ingredients
  

For the walnut crust

  • 2 sticks salted butter cold, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • cups heritage pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup ice water

For the filling

  • 2 tbsp honey divided
  • 13 oz sour mizithra cheese or soft goat cheese
  • 12 fresh figs or more, depending on the size. I like brown or missionc figs.

For serving

  • lb prosciutto
  • cup walnuts
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey for drizzling

For the egg wash

  • 1 egg beaten with a tablespoon of water

Instructions
 

  • Pulse the walnuts in the food processor until they are coarsely ground.
  • Add the flour and 1 tsp sugar to the food processor. Add the cold butter and pulse to combine, until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with some small clumps.
  • Keep the motor running and gradually add ½ cup ice water and process until the dough comes together. Don't overdo it.
  • Transfer the dough to your work surface, form it into a ball, then flatten it into a disk. Wrap it in cling wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
    Place the dough on a large piece of parchment paper. Add another piece of parchment on top and roll out the dough to a 14″ round.
  • Take a dinner plate and place it upside down in the middle of the rolled-out dough. It will leave a trace. That is your guide for the filling. Add one tablespoon of honey all over that area.
  • Slice the figs.
  • Sprinkle the mizithra cheese on the dough, then lay the figs in a fan shape all over that circle. You can overlap them as you go.
    Add a tablespoon of honey all over figs.
  • Gently fold the edges of dough over filling, tucking, and overlapping slightly as needed.
    Brush galette crust with the egg wash.
    Bake for 25 minutes.
  • When the galette is out of the oven drizzle it with honey and add pieces of proscuitto and scatter some basil leaves all over the top and serve.

Notes

  • The dough can be wrapped in plastic, then in foil, and frozen for up to 1 month.
  • I get my soft mizithra from a Greek market in Astoria NY. If you can’t find soft sour mizithra at your local Greek grocer, substitute with goat cheese. Or you can mix 2 parts feta cheese mixed with one part ricotta. 
 
Nutritional Info – Please remember that the nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 707kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 18gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 499mgPotassium: 334mgFiber: 4gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 1377IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 3mg
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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is calling my name. I love the look of this rustic recipe. Figs and prosciutto are a winning combination.

  2. What is heritage pastry flour? Is that a brand?
    I have all-purpose and can see that it’s interchangeable, but am curious…

    ALSO – I don’t think I can get FRESH figs now. Is there any worthy substitute…or maybe even…dried figs?????

    1. Hi Monica!

      I have a link in the post for the heritage flour. I am gluten sensitive and their grains are less likely to bother me. It is very high quality whole wheat flour
      Here is the link
      https://sunriseflourmill.com/product/unifine-heritage-whole-wheat-pastry-flour/
      You can use your favorite flour, whole wheat or regular.
      As for the figs, you can definitely use dried figs. They might be really sweet so adapt the amount of honey. Maybe skip one tablespoon?
      You can also use fresh peaches, or fresh pears when in season, they should work well.
      Let me know what you did and how it came out!

      Thank you so much,
      x Jenny

  3. 5 stars
    We felt like we were eating at a restaurant when this hit the table. I did substitute cashews for walnuts as I have an allergy, the flavors were incredible.

  4. 5 stars
    Figs and prosciutto, two of my favorite ingredients! But never thought putting them together will create such a delicious dish! Thanks for sharing, this sounds so good!

  5. 5 stars
    Good morning- first let just say I haven’t had one bad recipe from your blog! It’s fabulous and I have enjoyed each one but this Savory Galette With Figs And Prosciutto was amazing and I loved it!!! Looking forward to more recipes to try!!! Have a great day!!

  6. 5 stars
    I am really drooling over the combination of figs and prosciutto, it sounds super amazing! I can’t wait to make this recipe for me and my family. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Wow! This galette has an amazing combination! I love the flavor that the figs add to it. Definitely a new favorite in my house.

  8. 5 stars
    This galette is delicious and so perfect for fig season! The crust was nice and flaky, and the fig and prosciutto were so tasty together.

  9. 5 stars
    This galette looks amazing. Very interesting combos. I think I never tried anything like this before. But it’s calling my name. I will try this for sure.