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Author Notes: My mother called me over the other day because she said she had found a breakfast idea for me in their newspaper. So, I paid her a visit and she gave me a clipped photo that had the subtitle "spinach-fennel sausage breakfast hand pie." I thought this idea was a great one, so I ran with it and made my own version based on the picture and my imagination. The filling is a simple mixture of mild Italian sausage and chard. The crust is made hearty and nubbly with cornmeal -- one of my favorite additions to any savory tart or pie -- but is still fabulously light and flaky. It is adapted from Deb's galette crust on Smitten Kitchen. - fiveandspice
Makes 6 hefty palm-sized galettes
For the galette crust:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup coarse cornmeal (a.k.a. grits or polenta)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup ice cold water
- Stir the flour, cornmeal, and salt together in a medium bowl. Scatter the butter on top and then quickly rub it in with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse-meal with lumps ranging from sand clump to pea size.
- Stick the butter-flour mixture in the refrigerator while you measure and whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, and cold water. Then, get the flour mixture back out, make a well in the middle, and add the wet ingredients. Stir until this comes together into a messy ball, then gather it together with your hands, pat it into a thick disc, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
For the sausage-chard galettes:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 bunch of chard, well washed, trimmed, and chopped into fine ribbons
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Salt and pepper
- 3 large eggs, whisked together
- Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, then fry the sausage, breaking it up into small chunks as it cooks, until it is cooked through. Transfer this to a bowl and pour any accumulated grease out of the pan.
- Return the pan to the heat and add the butter. When the butter is foaming, stir in the chard and the maple syrup and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste, then stir this in with the sausage. Add all but about 1 tablespoon of the whisked eggs to the sausage and chard mixture and stir everything together. (Don't worry about the eggs being raw -- they will bake in the oven!)
- Heat your oven to 375° F. Take out your galette dough and divide it into 6 equal portions, rolling each into a ball. Roll each ball out on a floured surface into a circle that's about 1/8 inch thick.
- Place each dough circle on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Spoon a generous scoop -- around 1/3 cup -- of the filling mixture in the center of one of the circles, then fold up the crust around it, pinching it and pleating it around the galette. Repeat with the rest of the dough circles.
- Brush the last of the whisked egg on the galette crusts, then stick them in the oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the crusts are browned and golden. Remove and cool slightly before serving, or cool completely and store in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or a toaster oven as needed before serving.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
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