Galette with caramelized onion, fennel and kale

Galette with caramelized onion, fennel and kale


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This galette is made possible from the generous contribution of a leftover pastry from yesterday’s pot pie!  Like the beans I cook in bulk, I think I will continue to double every pastry recipe and freeze half for later adventures! It makes the second adventure so easy!

Once again, I am working through the contents of this week’s luscious bounty from my Foxtail Farm CSA. This dish includes small red onions, fennel, kale, zucchini and yellow squash from the box. I also made a fennel and rosemary pesto to top the galette, and I’m sure that will evolve into sandwich topping or pasta sauce for multi-purposed enjoyment!

Ingredients:

Filling:

2 Tbs. olive oil

2 cups diced red onion

3 large fennel bulbs thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

6 large stalks kale deveined and chopped

3/4 cup crumbled sheep’s milk feta

Yellow squash, thinly sliced

Zucchini, thinly sliced

Pastry:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 sticks cold unsalted butter, diced

2/3 cup ice water

1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper

Pastry Directions:

This is a food processor method for pastry.  Start by mixing the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add diced butter and pulse a few times until it looks like a crumble. I like to pulse the machine and add the ice water in a slow dribble just until it comes together. Dump the dough out onto the counter and knead quickly into a ball. Place it in a covered bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Filling Directions:

This caramelization process is not something I normally do very well when I am working. I just don’t have the time for it, but as I am home now, I can fiddle with these techniques that involve a little more time and patience. I thinly sliced the onions and fennel and tossed them into a heated pan with olive oil. I had the heat moderately high to give them a quick cook, but then turned it down as low as I could and left them to caramelize for about twenty minutes. I did stir them occasionally, and when the pan began to dry, I put the lid on to deglaze with their own juices. While the onions and fennel were sauteing, I steamed the kale for perhaps ten minutes. I then added it to the onions and fennel and allowed them to slowly cook together. I used the steaming water from the kale to deglaze the pan a couple of times, and when all the liquid was evaporated and my fennel and onions a lovely shade of toffee, I considered the process to be over. I mixed in most of the feta leaving just a little to sprinkle on top for the final bake.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and roll out the galette crust. Place it on a large cookie sheet and fill the middle of the pastry with the vegetable mixture. Decorate with the summer squashes, and then fold up the pastry around the filling. Sprinkle the last of the feta on top and bake for about 50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. I brushed this crust with the fennel and rosemary pesto about ten minutes before it was finished baking.

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Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegetable Pot Pie

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…in July, in Minnesota! I’ve heard it’s been unseasonable cool in many parts of the the country, but when one starts thinking about pot pies and gratins in the middle of the summer, you know it’s severe! Saturday topped out at 65 degrees on a day that in years past has delivered 95 degrees with a dew point of 70. I absolutely hate too much heat so I should be thankful, but I really think something is wrong when I start shopping for a Riviera Maya vacation for August! At any rate, I made a warm and satisfying vegetable pot pie for a cool summer day! It is a summer treat as all the vegetables were all from this week’s CSA box.

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The recipe involves three parts: the vegetables, the roux and the pastry.

Ingredients:

The Vegetables:

2 cups onion finely diced

2 large fennel bulbs thinly sliced

2 tbs. canola oil

3 cups diced carrot

2 cups chopped green beans

1 small cauliflower head cut into small florets

5 leaves kale, deveined and chopped

2 cups cooked white beans

The Roux:

3 Tbs. canola oil

3 Tbs. flour

3 cups hot water

1 tsp. cumin seed

1 tsp. brown mustard seed

2 tsp. good curry powder

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. salt

Freshly ground black pepper

The Pastry:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 sticks cold unsalted butter, diced

2/3 cup ice water

1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper

Directions:

I would recommend you make the pastry first. It can cool in the fridge while you prep and cook the veggies. I used the food processor method for the pastry.  Start by mixing the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add diced butter and pulse a few times until it looks like a crumble. I like to pulse the machine and add the ice water in a slow dribble just until it comes together. Dump the dough out onto the counter and knead quickly into a ball. Place it in a covered bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Next, get all the veggies washed and prepped. I sauteed the onions and fennel over a low heat for about twenty minutes bringing them just to the point of caramelization. At that point, the rest of the vegetables can be added at the same time and sauteed for a few minutes. They will get baked in the oven, so you don’t want to overdo it.

The roux was fun to make because I had the idea to toast the spices with the flour and oil and it seemed to work! After I added the flour to the heated oil the mixture was pretty dry – perfect for toasting spices. I added all the spices and kept them moving around the pan until I heard the pop of the mustard seeds. I gave them a few more seconds to toast and then added the water. This boiled up quickly, so be ready to turn the heat down a bit. I whisked it all together until the lumps were out and finally, mixed it in with the vegetables. Once the roux and veggies are mixed, you can spoon it into a baking dish. I like the idea of making individual pot pies, but today opted for a one-pan quick method. I rolled out only about 1/2 of the pastry and cut it to fit the baking dish. I then cut it into six sections and premolded each so I could easily scoop out the pot pie without breaking up the crust. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 375 degrees until it is brown on the top – perhaps 50 minutes to an hour.