Confession: I have an irrational fear of working with dough. There’s so much that could go wrong – I could add too much water; It might not come together correctly; It could get too warm to work with; It could stick to the rolling pin and tear, etc. And yet I know that both my husband and I are very detail-oriented people, and also very good at following directions, and so, of course, our dough always turns out fine. All that worrying for nothing.
This savory galette was inspired by the “sweet potato, swiss chard, and feta tart in a teff crust” in Fine Cooking. We don’t have a tart pan, so a nice, rustic galette seemed like the way to go. Teff is a grain that we’d never heard of before. Did you know it’s the smallest grain in the world? It’s also naturally gluten free (note: this recipe is not, as it is combined with regular flour), and it has a nutty flavor that (according to Fine Cooking’s article) is reminiscent of hazelnuts to some and artichokes to others. Interesting! We found the former to be true. This galette’s interior was filled with a delicious sweet & savory combination of roasted sweet potato, swiss chard sautéed in garlic, caramelized onions, and salty feta, which all went beautifully with the buttery, nutty crust that reminded us of either a really good biscuit or a perfect shortbread cookie — or a combination of both!
We probably could have trimmed off a little of our dough before folding it over the filling, as it covered up more of the middle than we envisioned. I guess the amount of dough needed for a crust is more than you need for a galette. Live and learn! I also found some guidance on Smitten Kitchen for the cooking time and temperature for a galette, as well as how to assemble it.
You should head to your nearest natural foods’ store and check out the bulk section. If you see teff flour, try it out and add a new grain to your repertoire!
Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, and Feta Galette
(Adapted from this tart in Fine Cooking. Serves 4, or 2 with leftovers for breakfast or lunch)
For the Dough:
5-1/2 oz. (1 cup) teff flour
4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. table salt
6 oz. (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces*
4 to 5 Tbs. ice water
* We used salted butter and added a little less salt than indicated
For the Filling:
1 large sweet potato
3 TBS. extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, peeled, halved, and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 1/2 TBS. balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large bunch Swiss chard, thick stems removed, greens roughly chopped
6 oz. feta, crumbled
Crushed red pepper flakes
1 large egg
Freshly ground black pepper
- In a food processor, combine both flours and the salt. Pulse until combined. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles small peas. Sprinkle 4 TBS. of the ice water over the flour mixture and pulse until the dough just comes together. If it seems too dry, add tiny amounts of the remaining water until the dough comes together. Transfer dough to a large sheet of plastic wrap, and using it as an aid, form dough into a thick disc. Wrap it in the plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 min. to an hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub the sweet potato and poke it a few times with a fork. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil and roast until you can pierce it with a fork. Cool, peel, and cut into a 3/4 inch dice.
- While the potato is roasting, heat 2 TBS. of the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until they soften and develop nice dark-brown charred spots, about 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium low and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until they caramelized, about 10 minutes more. Add 1/2 TBS. balsamic vinegar and cook until it glazes the onions. Transfer onions to a small bowl and wipe out the skillet.
- Heat the remaining 1 TBS. of olive oil in the skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and just beginning to color, 1 to 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium high, add the chopped chard and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring, until chard is completely wilted, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1 TBS. balsamic vinegar over the chard and toss it until the vinegar cooks away, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl.
- Add the diced sweet potatoes to the large bowl, as well as about three-quarters of the cheese, and a pinch of crushed red pepper. Toss gently. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with a little pinch of salt and pepper and add to the bowl as well. Mix together.
- Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Unwrap and roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Spread filling over the middle of the dough, leaving a border (ours was a little wide; ideal would be leaving 1 1/2 inches). Scatter the caramelized onions on top of the filling, as well as a little more cheese. Fold the border over the filling, making little pleats in the dough to make it fit; leave the center of the galette open.
- Bake galette at 400 degrees until the crust is done and the cheese on top is nicely browned, about 30 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes, then transfer to a serving plate. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature (aka it’s ready when you are! awesome!) Add a simple salad and you have a well-rounded vegetarian meal!