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Tomato and Caramelized Onion Galette

Tomato and Caramelized Onion Galette

It’s almost like heaven. Fresh, garden tomatoes are everywhere! Neighbors bring them over, coworkers bring them to work, farmers markets have them in a rainbow of colors, and if you are very lucky, you can go into your own garden and pick them just before you eat them. A neighbor was drowning in tomatoes and brought me over some beauties. I made tomato sandwiches, gazpacho, and with the two most perfect specimens I made a tomato and caramelized onion galette.

A galette is similar to pie but it is baked on a baking sheet instead of in a pie pan. Galettes are typically more rustic in nature and you typically don’t see fancy crimping or decorating like you do on pies. Galettes can be sweet or savory. This savory tomato and caramelized onion galette would be my first choice over any fruit pie, any day of the week.

Tomato and Caramelized Onion Galette

Baking isn’t really my forte so you won’t see a ton of recipes that feature baking rather than cooking. In my mind, cooking is like jazz music, you can freestyle the heck out of most recipes. But, baking is a whole different thing. Baking is like the symphony, where each individual component is perfectly precise and deviations from the plan are not appreciated and can often sink the endeavor.

For these reasons, I typically buy pie crusts in the refrigerator section of the grocery store rather than attempting to make them from scratch. I have several friends who make pie crust from scratch and they tell me it is a cinch. The few times I have tried, I ended up with pile of buttery crumbs. But, if you make excellent pie crusts from scratch, by all means, use those. In fact, why not drop a link in the comments below to the recipe you use. Maybe I will get the nerve up to try again.

But, the real star of this dish is the tomatoes. Don’t you dare use grocery store tomatoes for this recipe! I only make this tomato and caramelized onion galette during the summer months when garden fresh tomatoes are available.

Caramelized onions add a wonderful flavor which complements the tomatoes. You can skip the onions if you don’t have the time or inclination to caramelize the onions but I rarely skip this step because I love what they bring to this dish. I slice the onions vertically. See the video below if you aren’t sure what I mean.

Regarding the cheese, I love the tangy creaminess from the goat cheese but I wouldn’t drive to the store to get goat cheese if I had feta or Parmesan in the fridge. I like to serve this galette with a salad and a crisp white wine.

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Tomato and Caramelized Onion Galette
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in heavy saucepan. Place onion slices and cook over low heat until caramelized 30-40 minutes. Season with a sprinkle of salt. Let cool.
  3. Roll out pie crust into a 12” circle. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Spread Dijon mustard over bottom of pie crust to within 1.5” of the edge.
  5. Place cooled, caramelized onions over mustard
  6. Add tomato slices in a single layer over onions (a little bit of overlap is okay). Place cherry tomato halves in gaps between tomato slices.
  7. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper. Dot goat cheese over top of tomatoes.
  8. Add fresh herbs on top of tomatoes.
  9. Fold outside edge of crust up over tomatoes and crimp with fingers to form the edge. It doesn’t need to look perfect. Galettes are rustic pies.
  10. Brush edge of crust with egg white.
  11. Bake for 30-40 minutes until crust is golden.
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2 Comments

  1. What a lovely way to showcase some of summer’s best produce! This looks so hearty and flavorful. I wish I had a slice right now!

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