Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roasted Vegetable Galettes

I went to the library the other day and picked up a variety of cookbooks. I'm poor, okay? I also absolutely hate buying cookbooks without fully testing them out--they always end up so disappointing. Anyway, I was chugging along on the treadmill this morning watching a rerun of The View and leafing through cookbooks in search of inspiration. I came across two possibilities: multigrain waffles and roasted vegetable galettes. You don't understand how difficult it was for me to choose between the two. First, they both have carbs--glorious, glorious carbs. Second, those waffles? I was going to add homemade pecan pralines and raspberry-maple syrup. But the galettes meant cheese. How am I supposed to choose between pecan pralines and cheese? So I continued on my hilly walk-run, glancing at the clock every few minutes, as I tried to determine which I should make and at what time the food would be ready. Finally, I decided to make waffles; but then my brother killed my plan.

I know I like to blame my brother for a lot of things--rightfully so--but he has this unnatural ability to ruin my food plans. He either eats my ingredients, decides he won't be home after I've already starting to prepare food, or won't wait until I'm done cooking and eats something else. Today was the latter of the three. See, the waffle recipe could be halved, but wouldn't make any sense quartered. Thus, I needed another person to eat waffles with me. As I was winding down my self-induced torture, he walked into the kitchen, which also happens to be visible from the treadmill. I called out and asked him if he'd be willing to wait 30 minutes for waffles. No. Of course not. And you know why? Because my dad left a bagel out on the counter alerting him to the fact that the fridge contained lox. Damn him and his nasty fish and bagel habit. So, waffles were out and roasted vegetable galettes were in. For dinner, at least.

I like the word galette, and I like these galettes. I cut the dough recipe in half and substituted in white whole wheat flour. I also just sort of used the combination of vegetables I happened to have in the house. The original recipe was full of fall vegetables, and all I had around were carrots, yellow cauliflower, brown mushrooms, spinach and red onions. I think my combination is much superior and much lighter (and lower in calories). Throw in some roasted garlic, fresh thyme from the garden, and goat cheese and you've got vegetable heaven. My favorite part was biting into those delicious pieces of sweet roasted onion followed buy tart goat cheese. Oh, and the carbs. Definitely the carbs.

And because the thought process behind this decision was so intense, those waffles will happen this weekend. I promise.

Roasted Vegetable Galettes
Adapted from Eating Well

3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp. AP flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 cup chopped carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower
1 medium red onion, chunks
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
3 cups spinach leaves
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 oz. goat cheese crumbles
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

1 egg mixed with 1 Tbsp. water

Makes 4 4 1/2" galettes, which are perfect for lunch or dinner with a small side. Can be used to make a large freeform galette as well.

1. Add dry ingredients from the dough to a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds to mix up. Add water and olive oil, mixing until the dough forms a ball. Dough should be slightly tacky. Add more water or flour to get right consistency. Remove, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400F. Place chopped carrots, cauliflower and onion in a bowl. Toss with some kosher salt and a little olive oil. For a lighter option, spray generously with cooking spray and toss--it works just as well. Spread out in a greased baking sheet.

3. Take your garlic cloves, still in their skin, and place in a piece of tinfoil. Add a tablespoon or two of water and seal. Place on baking sheet with veggies.

4. Bake vegetables and garlic for 25-35 minutes, until browned. Check on them and move them every 10 minutes to prevent burning and sticking.

5. Cook spinach and mushrooms in a saute pan until all liquid has evaporated. This is important since you don't want soggy dough.

6. Place all of your cooked vegetables into a bowl. Mix in thyme and half the goat cheese.

7. Squeeze roasted garlic into a small bowl once it has cooled down a little. It should be soft. Mix in a teaspoon of olive oil to create a paste-like consistency. Add to the vegetable mixture. Salt and pepper your filling to taste.

10. Divide dough into four pieces. Roll each one into a rough circle, about 6" wide and 1/4" thick.

11. Divide the filling between the four pieces of dough, placing in the middle and leaving at least 1 1/2" around the edge. Press down with the spatula to help flatten the filling. Sprinkle the rest of the goat cheese on top of each galette. Then fold up the sides, pinching each section together. I find 5 sides was the easiest to maneuver.

12. Brush with egg wash. Place on baking sheet and cook at 400F for 25-30 minutes until browned, checking every 10 minutes or so. Serve warm.


The Cilantropist said...

I am sitting here with my mom and she thought this looked really good! She loves veggies, and this def looks right up her alley. :) And on another note, I totally applaud you for getting cookbooks from the library-I do it all the time! I think it has nothing to do with being poor, lets call it frugal and resourceful. ;)

Hester said...

Looks awesome! Way to get someone to eat their veggies :-) Reminds me of a caramelized onion jam, roasted tomatoes & eggplant, goat cheese tart I made. Cheese... yummy :-)

A Little Yumminess said...

You are right about most cookbooks being disappointing. I still keep buying them :). Love this dish - looks yummy!

adelina174 said...

I am so about checking out cookbooks from the library... 1. no more bookshelf space 2. money and 3. it makes me study the book before making an actual purchase.

I love your Galette. It looks really fancy. It makes me want to try it as well. Nice Job!

Isabelle said...

Yay! You posted the galettes! They sounded delicious when you described them on Twitter yesterday, and they look absolutely gorgeous too. I've got a metric assload of fresh vegetables in the crisper that need to be used, so this recipe will come in handy. :)

Angie's Recipes said...

A very delicious and flavourful veggie treat.

Joy said...

I would blame my brother too. Now I have my husband to blame. Great dish.

ravienomnoms said...

This looks really really good!

Monet said...

I check cookbooks out too! We poor girls got to make it work! But wow...these look stunning! I don't know if anything could look better right about now. The roasted veggies, the delicated pastry...I'm drooling! Thanks for sharing love!

Jean said...

Nothing wrong with using the library for cookbooks, I've done it too.

This galette looks amazing! Gosh, it's so full of great stuff and encased in this crust? Wow! Great job!

Magic of Spice said...

I think it's a great idea to get cookbooks from the library...and this galette is stunning, love all the veggies and flavors :)

julie said...

I get almost all my cookbooks from the library! This galette looks really good! I think you made the right decision with choosing what to cook first, yum! I'm looking forward to seeing the french toast as well.

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

I'm a die-hard library fan when it comes to cookbooks. I love getting a new stack and browsing through them. Since I don't actually cook from cookbooks very often, it's just as well that I can return them and only buy the really awesome ones.

Indie.Tea said...

Cookbooks are only nice for the pics. I can't blame you for using the library (or the internet) for recipes :)
That galette looks so pretty, and so great for summer.

Samantha @ The Savvy Soybean said...

what a gorgeous presentation!! Those galettes look amazing and would definitely impress company. By the way, I don't think I've ever purchased a cook book- - I've only really received them as gifts or hand-me-downs. I usually go by the all-knowing internet

Evan @swEEts said...

Veggies and goat cheese and dough? Yup. All these ingredients just made their way onto my grocery list for next week.

jacobskitchen said...

Gorgeous! And I'll bet they taste even better than they look. Mmmm... Thanks for sharing! =)

Val and Mani said...

LOL. We love your law-related headings. My fiance is a recent law school graduate, and I'm a 3L. This is a beautiful recipe. Congrats to a fellow Top 9-er, and it's nice to run into another barrister on the food Interwebs.

Loong said...

Top of Today's top 9!

Vinegarlic said...

Ha! That does sound like a difficult decision. These galettes look terrific. I had no idea that cauliflower could be roasted.

Simply Life said...

what a creative and delicious idea!

kattyskitchen said...

Look at you in the #1 spot! Go, BB, go!

The Souper said...

Beautiful picture and sounds delicious. Must try this myself.

The Souper

Chef Dennis said...

what a beautiful galette!! you certainly outdid yourself with this beauty! I would love to have that for dinner!
Congratulation on the Top 9!!!!

Liren said...

I use the library to "test-drive" cookbooks all the time! It can be so hard to invest in cookbooks to find you only like two recipes. And if you have a cookbook addiction, the library is a great way to figure out if it is worthy purchasing.

Anyway, that blathering aside, beautiful galette! I love galettes, too, especially if it has cheese :) Congratulations on Top 9!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

This looks so delicious! Congrats on being on the top 9!!!

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious and healthy

Anna said...

Congrats on top 9, it looks amazing. I love roasted veggies, I think it accentuates all their wonderful flavors. Beautiful picture.

Stella said...

Very pretty and delicious looking too! Wish I wasn't on a low carb/sugar diet (smile)...

Le said...

All thse vegetables look ammmaazzing!!! Lemme know when you make waffles and ILL eat them! :)

Pacheco Patty said...

Beautiful roasted vegetable galettes!

Lauren said...

This is so beautiful. Bah. I miss you! I love me anything veggie-fied.

mysimplefood said...

Looks so good and healthy. Lovely! You can't go wrong with veggies!

Victoria K. said...

Yum, it's almost like a quiche without the custard, haha. Love these veggies, and the goat cheese doesn't hurt ;-)

Jen Cheung said...

YUMMMMMIES. I never tried it like thsi before! but it sure does look tasty to me! you are very talented :)

Have a lovely day!!
Jen @

Debbie said...

Smart idea about the library, never thought to go there for recipes. You galettes look beautiful and I am intrigued by you use of white whole wheat flour. I too love carbs but am always looking for ways to cut it just slightly. Thanks!

abby jenkins said...

I am so excited to try this recipe for brunch tomorrow. Yummy.

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