Winter Squash Galette with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère
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Winter Squash Galette with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère
This delicious galette is not only flavorful but also offers several nutritional benefits. Winter squash is a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as dietary fiber. The caramelized onions provide a sweet and savory depth of flavor, and Gruyère cheese adds a rich and creamy texture to the dish.
For a well-rounded meal, consider pairing this galette with a side salad or some steamed vegetables. The combination of the hearty galette and fresh greens makes for a satisfying and balanced lunch or dinner.
Winter squash galettes, while popular in various countries, have a strong presence in European cuisines. The use of Gruyère cheese hints at a possible Swiss or French influence. However, variations of galettes can be found in many cultures where savory or sweet fillings are wrapped in a free-form crust.
The concept of galettes dates back centuries, originating as rustic, open-faced pies. They were often prepared with seasonal ingredients, making them a culinary tradition tied to the land and its harvests.
Homemade Tips and Equipment:
To enhance the flavors, you can roast the winter squash with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper before using it in the galette. This adds a caramelized note to the squash’s natural sweetness.
For the crust, using a food processor can make the dough preparation easier and quicker. However, if you don’t have one, mixing the dough by hand works just as well – it might take a bit more time and elbow grease.
Matching with Food and Drinks:
This winter squash galette pairs wonderfully with a light-bodied white wine, such as a Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio. The wine’s acidity complements the richness of the Gruyère cheese, while its fruity undertones enhance the sweetness of the caramelized onions.
The cost of ingredients can vary depending on your location and the quality of the items you choose. Winter squash, onions, cheese, and basic pantry staples make up the main costs. Opting for local and seasonal produce can help keep the overall cost reasonable.
Enjoy creating this winter squash galette – a dish that celebrates the flavors of the season while offering a comforting and visually appealing meal option.
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Cooking time, Recipe and Tips, Storage and Shelf Life
The cooking time for the Winter Squash Galette with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère can vary depending on your oven and the thickness of the crust. On average, the galette should bake at 375°F (190°C) for about 30 to 40 minutes. The crust should be golden brown, and the filling should be cooked and bubbly.
Recipe and Tips:
- 1 single pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
- 2 cups winter squash (such as butternut or acorn), peeled and cubed
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
- Fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a bowl, toss the cubed winter squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet and roast for about 20-25 minutes or until tender. Let them cool slightly.
- In a skillet, heat some olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the sliced onions and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until they are caramelized and golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Set aside.
- Roll out the pie crust on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Spread the caramelized onions over the crust, leaving a border around the edges.
- Arrange the roasted winter squash cubes over the onions.
- Sprinkle the shredded Gruyère cheese over the squash.
- Fold the edges of the crust over the filling, creating a rustic, free-form shape.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before garnishing with fresh thyme leaves.
- Slice and serve warm.
- Pat the roasted squash cubes dry before placing them on the crust to prevent excess moisture.
- For a glossy finish, brush the crust with an egg wash (1 beaten egg mixed with a splash of water) before baking.
- Customize the recipe by adding roasted garlic, spinach, or even a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes for some heat.
Storage and Shelf Life:
Leftover galette can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place slices on a baking sheet and warm in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. The crust might lose some crispness upon reheating, but the flavors will still be delicious.
How many calories?
The number of calories in the Winter Squash Galette with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère can vary based on the specific quantities of ingredients used and the portion size. However, I can provide you with a rough estimate of the calorie content based on typical serving sizes and average calorie counts for the main ingredients.
Please note that these estimates are approximate and can vary:
- Pie crust (homemade or store-bought): Approximately 120-150 calories per slice of crust (assuming the galette serves 6-8 slices).
- Winter squash (butternut or acorn): Approximately 50-60 calories per cup.
- Onion: Approximately 40-50 calories for a large onion.
- Olive oil (1 tablespoon): Approximately 120 calories.
- Gruyère cheese (1 cup shredded): Approximately 400-450 calories.
- Fresh thyme leaves (for garnish): Negligible calorie contribution.
Considering these estimates, the total calorie content for a slice of the galette might range from around 300 to 400 calories, depending on the size of the slice and the specific ingredients used in your preparation.
For a more accurate calorie count, it’s recommended to use a nutrition calculator or app that allows you to input the exact quantities of each ingredient used in your recipe. This will provide you with a more precise measurement of the calorie content per serving.
The Winter Squash Galette with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère offers a visually appealing presentation with its rustic, folded crust and golden-brown cheese topping. The aroma of roasted winter squash and caramelized onions fills the air, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Its combination of textures, from the flaky crust to the creamy Gruyère cheese, promises a delightful eating experience.
Upon the first bite, the galette delivers a harmonious blend of flavors. The sweetness of the caramelized onions complements the nutty undertones of the Gruyère cheese, creating a balanced and comforting base. The roasted winter squash adds a gentle sweetness and a tender bite to the dish. The crust, golden and crisp on the edges, provides a satisfying contrast to the softness of the filling.
The medley of ingredients creates a symphony of savory, sweet, and creamy notes that dance on the palate. The fresh thyme garnish adds a subtle herbal freshness that ties the flavors together. Overall, the Winter Squash Galette offers a satisfying and well-rounded taste experience, perfect for enjoying the flavors of the season.
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