Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Galette

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I’ve wanted to make a galette for some time but I seem to never end up getting around to it. I think it’s the hassle of making the pastry that always deters me. Pastry itself is not super complicated but it’s just that it is quite a messy process that I never enjoy. First, there is flour everywhere (the counter, the floor and me) and second, I can never seem to roll out a perfect circle. I’m a fan of perfection.

Galettes are these amazing French free form pastries and can be filled with savory or sweet ingredients. They can be served as an appetizer, a meal or a dessert – incredibly versatile and incredibly delicious.

So against my better judgement,  I decided to turn a blind eye to flour all over the kitchen and just go for it. Turns out it wasn’t as painful as I thought and there was no need for a perfect rolled out circle. They are rustic and rustic means a little rough around the edges. I can handle that.

 

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

I used a pate brisee for my galette which is the French term for short crust pastry.

Combine your flour, salt, sugar and butter cut into pieces.

This is best accomplished by using a food processor but you can do it with a handheld pastry blender or your actual hands but they will need to be cold – you don’t want to melt or even soften the butter.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

Pulse your butter and flour mixture until it resembles course crumbs like the picture above.

With the lid on the food processor, you want to add your ice water until just combined. You don’t want it to be soggy or too dry to where it crumbles. Add the water slowly, like a tablespoon at a time.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

It should look a bit like this.

Next up, split it in two and make it into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

My disk of pastry and the flour on my board – ready for the part I don’t like.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

Not even close to a circle. More like an amoeba. I tried, I really did.

Add the goat cheese, mushrooms and onions in the center. Leave a bit around the edges for folding.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

Fold it up however you see fit.

Brush on bit of egg wash for some sheen.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

Voila! Hot out of the oven.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

A side shot.

caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese galette

As I sliced myself off a piece and took a bite, I committed to making these a regular part of my culinary repertoire. They are that good, floury kitchen and all.

 

much love!

jess

 

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom
and Goat Cheese Galette

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

2 cups Portabella or Crimini mushrooms, diced
2 small red onions, sliced
¾ cup of goat cheese
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup butter
¼ cup white dry wine
Salt & pepper to taste
Egg or butter wash

Pate Brisee (Short Crust Pastry)
1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.

2. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

3. Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.

Filling
4. In a sauté pan, heat ¼ cup of olive oil and butter until butter is melted. Add onions and season with a pinch salt and pepper. On medium- high heat, cook onions down until caramelized – approximately 20 minutes. Remove caramelized onions from sauté pan and set aside.

5. Add chopped mushrooms to the pan and cook down until soft. Pour the wine into the pan and deglaze. Let liquid reduce then remove mushrooms from pan and set aside.

6. To assemble the galette, roll out the pastry to ¼ of an inch thick. Transfer round to a parchment lined sheet pan. Crumble goat cheese in the center, followed by the mushrooms and onions leaving 1 inch of pastry around the sides without filling. Fold the perimeter pastry onto itself, crimping as you go along.

7. Wash the exposed pastry sides with egg wash or butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

8. Remove from the oven, slice and serve.

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6 Comments
  • blogbytina!
    September 27, 2011

    holy balls that looks delishus! Please mail one to my house in exchange for cash monies!

  • David
    October 10, 2011

    Hey,
    inspired by your delicious looking galette I baked two variations of it. Last week with frozen puff pastry, for a quick, delicious dinner. Yesterday I made a quick oil based dough (250g flour, 100ml Water, 2TB Oil) topped with the onions and goat cheese. Delicious! The only thing I changed: I added pears as a base layer. And it turned out so good! They harmonize perfectly with the rest.
    Greetings from Bavaria!

    David

    • Jessica
      October 10, 2011

      David that is so great! Wonderful idea to add the pears – that sounds like an amazing combination (I’ll have to try your recipe!).

      Thanks for reaching out!

      Jess

    • David
      October 10, 2011

      Hey Jessica,

      This dough is usually used for a german/french sort of pizza called Flammkuchen (flame-cake). Its rolled out very thin and topped with creme fraiche onions and bacon. Bake it like a pizza (high temperature, until the dough gets bubbles)

  • Emily
    February 24, 2012

    How would a soft cow milk cheese work as a substitute? I gave tried goat cheese many times and has not quite worked for me.

    • Jessica
      February 24, 2012

      Hi Emily – thanks for reaching out. The great thing about this recipe is that its pretty versatile – any cheese will pretty much work. Thanks! Jess

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