Savory Onion Galette

The birds that greet us in the morning have changed their tune. The chirps are cheerier, their early greetings brighter. I think they feel the change in the air as much as we do. They also see the green hills, the blue skies, and the blossoming trees. Spring is on its way.

With warmer temperatures, it feels like the whole neighborhood is awakening from their winter slumber. Each year, we joke that the neighbors hibernate. It almost feels like months go by and we do not see a soul. We open the garage door, zip out to the day’s activities, then just as quickly, return to the cave to shut down the door and stay warm. But this weekend, the sun soaked the earth, and we found ourselves rediscovering our friends outdoors. Cars were washed, dogs were walked. We all caught up.

I love my neighbors. I feel very lucky to say that. I have lived in places where months passed before I met the people across the street. So to me, having a welcoming community is such a blessing. Knowing we can call on one another, rely on each other, share food — all those wonderful things — I do not take it for granted.

With the weather so lovely, and all the activity going on outside, I didn’t want to stay shelled up in my kitchen all day. But the baking urge was calling. There were brown bananas that were begging to be mashed into buttermilk banana bread. And remember my red onion relish? I knew I wanted to do something more with it.

This Savory Onion Galette was on my mind from the moment I caramelized those onions. So I quickly formed a savory dough, with minced shallot and thyme. A quick chill, and then it was time to pile on the goodies.

By goodies, I mean that sweet-spicy-tangy onion relish. Globs of mascarpone and Gorgonzola cheese. And more onions.

I glanced up and spied some pears. So I made another one. Sweet pears with savory red onions sounded very good indeed.

Oh the aroma in my kitchen! I could smell the dough as it puffed into its flaky, buttery deliciousness. I could hardly stand to wait for it to cool down before I sliced into it. One bite and I was in bliss. Oh, if I could eat this every day, truly, I would be just fine.

I know, I know, I’m a messy eater. I almost didn’t share that with you, but, we’re amongst friends, are we not? I promise I’m usually a neater eater. But with this galette, I couldn’t be bothered with daintiness.

Before I inhaled the rest, I sliced half of each galette, wrapped them up, and ran across the street, the heat of the galettes warming my hands. I had a neighbor to share with.

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Savory Onion Galettes

Yield: 2 5-inch galettes

Call this an appetizer, a lunch for two, or just a plain old snack, I could eat this galette any time of day. For me, the pears were lovely, but not a must. The onions and the savory crust are the real stars of the show. The components (relish and dough) can be made in advance, making assembly quicker.

Ingredients:

For the Herbed Pastry*:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut in small pieces
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 shallot, minced
3 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:

1 1/3 cups Rustic Red Onion Relish**
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese, divided
(sliced pears optional)
1 tablespoon half and half

Directions:

Prepare the Herbed Pastry as instructed in original recipe. Divide into two disks and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 an hour before rolling it out. This can be done the night before (or days, if you keep the dough in the freezer).

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Combine mascarpone cheese with 1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese. Set aside.

On parchment paper lightly dusted with flour, roll out each disk to about 6 to 6 1/2 inch rounds. Spread 1/3 cup of red onion relish on each, leaving a 1 1/2 inch border around the edge. Using your fingers or two spoons, place morsels of the mascarpone-Gorgonzola cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining Gorgonzola cheese on top. Cover with the remaining red onion relish (about 1/3 cup for each galette). Crimp the dough around the edges. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes before placing in oven.

Brush the dough with half and half. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. Allow it to cool and for the cheese to settle before slicing, but do enjoy it while it is warm and gooey!

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by Liren Baker on February 23, 2012

39 Responses to “Savory Onion Galette”

  1. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen February 23, 2012 @ 3:38 pm (#
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    Oh my goodness! These red onions and pear slices look great together on that crust! I’m reading this before supper and slowly dying of hunger! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Must try this, Liren!

  2. Belinda @zomppa February 23, 2012 @ 4:15 pm (#
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    The weather is soooooo strange! Not complaining, but still. What a lovely flavorful gorgeous thing!!

  3. Michelle February 23, 2012 @ 5:27 pm (#
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    Looks delicious!

  4. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 23, 2012 @ 5:30 pm (#
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    DELISH!! My husband would be enthralled with this recipe. I like to believe he is an onion aficionado :D

  5. Sandra's Easy Cooking February 23, 2012 @ 5:40 pm (#
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    Oh wow..this sure look tempting! Love, love your photos!!!

  6. Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) February 23, 2012 @ 6:28 pm (#
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    this sounds AMAZING! and looks so beautiful!

  7. Here the weather is a little bit crazy. We had our spring share, this past weekend it snowed, covering my bloomed daffodils.
    I have made a red onion and goat cheese tart and I can only imagine how your galette must taste! Love the mascarpone and blue cheese combo!

  8. Walter February 23, 2012 @ 7:48 pm (#
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    Great idea, will try it out and I absolutely LOVE your photos

  9. mjskit February 23, 2012 @ 9:05 pm (#
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    WOW! This does look absolutely delicious! Love your choices of cheese and your onion relish sounds wonderful! Great recipes!

  10. Patty February 24, 2012 @ 5:43 am (#
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    I love this warm weather but I have that baking bug, urge to turn on my oven too!
    Beautiful onion galettes, wish I could have a bite, especially one with a slice of pear;-)

  11. Maureen February 24, 2012 @ 6:03 am (#
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    I SO want a bite of this galette. I never met an onion I couldn’t make friends with. :)

  12. Mary@siftingfocus.com February 24, 2012 @ 9:02 am (#
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    Liren, I love any recipe where the onions have been caramelized. Then add a savory pastry! I also love the combination of cheeses you chose. Will have to give this one a try.

  13. Ken┃hungry rabbit February 24, 2012 @ 9:06 am (#
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    You do everything so beautifully and this galette is no exception.

  14. Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane February 24, 2012 @ 9:09 am (#
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    I’m with Maureen — I’d do some pretty serious, possibly scandalous, things for a bite of this galette. Onions and I are very good friends (especially when there’s gorgonzola involved!).

  15. Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 24, 2012 @ 12:15 pm (#
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    It has also started to feel like spring may just be around the corner. That is great that you have such a welcoming community and neighbors. I prefer most savory over sweet, and your galette is right up my ally. Gorgeous and delicious!

  16. sara February 24, 2012 @ 1:47 pm (#
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    Wow, this looks really wonderful! So delicious – those onions are to-die-for! :)

  17. sippitysup February 24, 2012 @ 6:22 pm (#
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    I guess this is as good a place as any to announce this, my cookbook (coming on Ulysses Press Nov 2012) is dedicated to Savory Pies. And this is the savoriest! GREG

    • Liren replied: — February 24th, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

      Greg, that is the most exciting thing I’ve heard all day! What a perfect focus for a cookbook, I can’t wait! You know I’ll probably bake from cover to cover :)

  18. Norma February 25, 2012 @ 4:49 am (#
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    It’s 7:45 AM and this just made me soooo hungry. I wish I was one of your birds so that I can swoop down and peck at it.

  19. Leah February 25, 2012 @ 10:29 am (#
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    This looks like such a wonderful and creative combo! Beautiful photos too!

  20. Sara February 25, 2012 @ 7:48 pm (#
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    Liren, your onion gallete is making my mouth water and I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thank you for posting! :)

  21. Liz February 26, 2012 @ 2:38 pm (#
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    Both versions sound fabulous!!!! And your neighbors must just love seeing you come up their walk :)

  22. momgateway February 26, 2012 @ 9:41 pm (#
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    lovely savory tart!

  23. kels February 27, 2012 @ 9:20 am (#
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    your crust looks like it turned out perfectly. such a feat, for me. love the sweet savory onion combo. one of my favorite flavors in the kitchen.

  24. Kita February 27, 2012 @ 4:58 pm (#
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    I would be all about this galette and it wouldn’t bother me one bit if no one else in my neighborhood was around – I wouldn’t have to share. The caramelized onions are calling my name…. I don’t know much about pears, could I substitute an apple?

  25. Cheryl February 27, 2012 @ 9:24 pm (#
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    Thank you for the kind words, this was so yummy!! I am going to make it over the weekend!!

  26. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 5, 2012 @ 8:37 am (#
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    I’m such a lover of savory galettes. Onions with pears are one of my favorite things, and the mascarpone-gorgonzola topping sounds delicious!

  27. susan March 6, 2012 @ 6:34 am (#
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    I always make a sweet galette, never a savory one. This is brilliant!

  28. Debi Shawcross August 9, 2012 @ 5:23 pm (#
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    Hey Liren! How I missed this in my Google Reader I don’t know. Glad I just found it though! Saving this one for fall; can’t wait to make.

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  30. nora January 29, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#
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    looks delicious – how do you bake this? on a baking sheet?

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