This rustic tart makes the most out of sauteed mushrooms, leeks, and fennel. The combination of the three is beyond symbiotic and with a bit of cheese to tie it down to the crust, it makes a delicious tart filling. The crust I use is a basic pate brisee, but I've also made it using frozen puff pastry. Both work well, but the pate brisee version is a bit more substantial. In either case, serve this with a green salad for a lovely Winter supper. —Waverly
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: Waverly is a former lawyer and a current cook based in Texas.
WHAT: An earthy, substantial galette you can call a meal.
HOW: Whip up a pate brisee, fill it with glorious vegetables, and bake.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This galette has enough wintry vegetables tucked inside to justify eating pastry for dinner. With a zippy, brightly dressed salad and a glass of wine, we can see ourselves savoring this long after the snow starts to melt. —The Editors
For the pate brisee:
1 1/4 cups
unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
MAKE THE CRUST DOUGH IN A FOOD PROCESSOR: Place the flour, sugar, and salt into the food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Add the bits of butter and pulse until the butter is mixed into the flour so that it resembles a coarse meal. Whisk the egg with the ice water and pour into the food processor a little bit at a time, pulsing once after each addition. You don't want to overwork the dough. Pour the dough out onto a counter and roll it into a ball. Again, don't overwork the dough. Now, flatten it with your hands into a small disk; wrap in plastic and chill for at least 3 hours.
SAUTE THE MUSHROOMS: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter is bubbling and beginning to brown, add the mushrooms and sauté. They will release liquid as they cook. Cook until this liquid has evaporated from the pan and the mushrooms begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute more. Add the white wine and deglaze the pan, scraping up the browned bits as you stir, allowing the wine to evaporate. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper to taste and remove the pan from the heat.
SAUTE THE LEEKS AND FENNEL: In another large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. When the butter begins to bubble and turn brown, add the fennel, leeks, and shallot. Sauté until soft and beginning to brown, about 10-15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
ROLL OUT THE DOUGH; FILL IT; AND BAKE: Place the disc of dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll it out into a rough 1/4-inch thick square or circle. A galette is supposed to look rustic, so don't concern yourself too much with the shape. Transfer the dough to a buttered baking sheet. Leaving a 2-inch border, sprinkle the dough with the Fontina cheese. Mix the mushrooms and leek mixture together in one of the skillets. Pour the vegetables into the center of the galette and spread out into an even layer, leaving the 2-inch border. Fold the edges over. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese, olives, and thyme leaves. Place in the center of the oven. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.
Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.