Enjoy a Fall Galette!

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My favorite new dish for 2020 is the galette. A kind of free-form pie, it can be sweet or savory, is quick to make and oh, so delicious! If you are looking to introduce a new dish into your rotation, it can hold just about any fresh vegetable or fruit you can find. It’s also a great way to re-purpose leftovers into a whole new meal. A pie dough recipe is included here; a pre-made pie shell would work fine, as well. Enjoy a galette as a fall treat or a new addition to a holiday meal!

INGREDIENTS

Pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted
  • butter, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 egg yolk plus 1 tsp
  • milk whisked, for
  • brushing on crust

Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

For the vegetable layer:

  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 peeled butternut squash thin end, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 small red beet, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 small carrot (regular or heirloom) with different colors, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt

For drizzling:

  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

TO MAKE

  • To start the pie dough, pulse the flour and the salt in a food processor for several seconds. Add the butter and pulse a few times until the butter pieces are the size of peas. Add the water and vinegar and pulse a few more times. The dough will look like wet crumbs. Remove the dough from the food processor and put it on a large piece of plastic wrap. Pick up the corners of the plastic wrap and twist together tightly to make the dough form a solid ball, then press the ball into a disk. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Position oven rack in the bottom third of the oven, preheat to 375°F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, vinegar and cook about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl, add cream cheese, blue cheese, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix well with a fork and set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 14-inch circle. Spread the onion/cheese mixture on top of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border.
  • Arrange vegetable slices in a circle over the onion/cheese mixture, alternating between different veggies and colors.
  • Sprinkle blue cheese and salt over vegetables. Fold excess dough up and over the sides of the filling and brush edges with the egg wash.
  • Bake until the vegetables are tender and the crust is golden brown, 45-50 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and chopped thyme.
  • Remove the galette from the oven, drizzle oil mixture over vegetables, slice and serve.

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