• Tomato Galette with Feta

    by Christin Mahrlig on August 15, 2013

    in Appetizers

    Tomato Galette with Feta

    Tomato Galette with Feta makes great use of the summer tomatoes which are more than plentiful right now and is the perfect accompaniment to a salad for dinner. Even if you are not real comfortable making doughs and piecrusts, you can make a galette. Since galettes are freeform, they are so easy to make and pretty much anything goes.

    This galette is very simple to put together with a mixture of cream cheese, feta, and roasted garlic spread on the bottom, topped with tomato slices, more feta, and thyme. You could easily change things up by using goat cheese instead of feta and basil or rosemary instead of thyme.

    Tomato Galette with Feta

    The cornmeal crust is David Lebovitz’s recipe and was published in Fine Cooking magazine. It’s a great dough for savory appetizers. The dough is fragile and tears easily as you work with it, but that’s nothing to worry about when making a galette. Just pinch the tears together. The more rustic a galette looks, the better.

    Tomato Galette with Feta

    To roast garlic, heat your oven to 400 degrees, peel away the outer skin of a head of garlic, and cut away ¼-inch off the top. Drizzle the garlic with a little olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let the garlic cool. It will be very hot. Once cooled, use your fingers to press each clove out of the skin. You’ll want to use at least 8-10 cloves. Sounds like a lot, but roasting garlic really mellows its flavor.

    Tomato Galette with Feta

    Tomato Galette with Feta
     
    Ingredients
    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • ⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • ¼ cup ice water
    • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
    • 8-10 cloves roasted garlic
    • 2 tomatoes, sliced
    • salt and pepper
    • ¼ cup feta cheese
    • 3-4 thyme sprigs
    • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon water
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender until no visible large chucks remain. (It’s often good to switch to using your fingers part way through.) Add olive oil and water and mix until dough comes together. Shape dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    2. Preheat oven to 375º. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. Place tomato slices on paper towels for 5 minutes to soak up excess liquid. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    4. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and roasted garlic. Add half of the feta cheese. Set aside.
    5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out, lifting and rotating the dough every few rolls so that it doesn’t stick to the surface. Use more flour if necessary. Once dough is 14 to 15 inches across, move it to the baking sheet.
    6. Spread cream cheese mixture on the dough leaving a 2-inch border. Place tomato slices on top, overlapping them some. Fold dough inward, covering the edges of the tomatoes and pinching together any tears in the dough. Sprinkle with remaining feta cheese and pepper and place thyme sprigs on top. Using a pastry brush, coat top of dough with egg. (I forgot to brush mine with egg :( )
    7. Bake for 40 minutes and cut into slices to serve.

     

    Dough recipe from Fine Cooking

     

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Mmmm, those tomatoes look delicious. I love cooked tomatoes. And feta and cornmeal are such a great bonus!

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria August 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I love the rustic look of this dish. I especially love how it is very easy and doesn’t have to be perfect. Pinning!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Thanks Gloria! Non-perfect baking is about the only kind I can do.

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    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats August 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    HOLY YUM! Love the combination of tomatoes, feta, roasted garlic, and cream cheese. I bet this is awesome. Pinning and thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays Christin!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Krista!

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    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Swoon!

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    Laura Dembowski August 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    This is such a pretty dish! And those brown tomatoes are my favorite!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menu August 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Holy freaking yum. This is brilliant my friend!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 16, 2013 at 11:36 am

    This is one delicious looking galette!! I really need to try making one sometime soon. Have a great weekend!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks Ashley! Hope you have a great weekend too!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Christin – this looks amazing! What a beautiful way to use garden tomatoes, I can’t wait to try!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Thanks Pamela! And I know you have plenty of tomatoes in that wonderful garden of yours!

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    Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen August 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

    This galette looks so lovely!! I’m sure it tasted amazing!!
    xox Amy

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    Christin Mahrlig August 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Thanks Amy! It’s hard to make fresh, summer tomatoes taste anything but amazing :)

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats August 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This looks awesome and I love that you used a cornmeal crust! In addition to the sweeter flavor that pairs so well with tomatoes, I think the yellow tint looks so pretty next to them :) Your galette is beautiful!!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Thanks Amy! Some foods are definitely easier to photograph than others ;)

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    Ashley August 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I’ve never made a galette – I think this needs to change asap. Love that there is roasted garlic in here … and I can never turn down feta and tomatoes : )

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    Christin Mahrlig August 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

    You definitely need to make a galette Ashley! They are so easy and the ingredient combinations are endless!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs August 16, 2013 at 3:51 am

    This looks amazing!! I love how easy to make galettes are, mine always end up a bit rustic, but who cares? ;–) I’ve never tried making a savory one, but this seems such a great option. We have so so so many tomatos here that I’m running out of ideas on how to use them! Thanks for the inspiration c:

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    Anne August 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    That looks so good I am tempted to break my no flour rule!

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