I am a huge french onion soup fan. I love everything about it: the caramelized onions, the savory cheese, and he crispy, yet soaked, large piece of baguette. It's a warming, comforting flavor profile and always tastes amazing. I figured, why not use the french onion flavor and ingredients in a galette? I am so happy my idea came to fruition, because this one is absolutely delicious.
Like many recipes, the origin of French Onion has many claims. For instance, one historical account says French Onion was birthed in Rome in 8,000 BC. Another account says that it was created in France in the 18th century in one or two different restaurants. Either way, it's all the same recipe: a beef-stock simmered with caramelized onions topped with a gratinée of cheese topping a large crust piece of bread. It's absolutely amazing, savory, umami, and completely satisfying.
There are different stages when it comes to caramelizing onions. Ultimately, you want to get the onions super rendered down: dark brown, sweet, creamy, buttery. Plenty of people will do a quick caramelized onion, only letting the onions cook down for about 20-30 minutes. This recipe calls for a full hour of caramelizing the onions in quite a few tablespoons of butter and a touch of flour, to thicken it up. The caramelization adds an entirely different flavor profile and mouthfeel, the onions become incredibly sweet and buttery which pairs well with the flaky crust of the galette dough. it's a perfect combination! I recommend using a dutch oven for this recipe and for caramelizing the onions.
Making galette dough is essentially making pie crust. All you need is:
I prefer using a food processor to blend the sugar, flour, and butter together because the blades in the processor helps to cut and combine the butter with the flour, which is exactly what you want with this dough.
Soup to nuts: here's how it's done:
For the dough:
For the filling:
To assemble the galette:
There's a few different ways you can serve this galette, and here's some of my favorite pairings:
You will crave this french onion galette over and over again once you make it. Flaky, buttery crust filled with savory caramelized onions. This galette recipe is excellent for any occasion, even a light night snack. I mean, this is quite possibly what dreams are made of!
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