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Kabocha & caramelized onion galette

If you’re not such a fan of goat cheese, any melty, savory cheese with a slight punch will do, like Gruyere, fontina, or provolone. If you can, though, don’t skip it — I thought it went a long way to provide a salty, lively balance to the sweet caramelized onions and the creamy kabocha.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. To make the galette crust: Remove the butter from the freezer and let it thaw briefly while you prepare the dry ingredients. (Alternatively, you can take refrigerated butter and pop it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.) Whisk together the flour, salt, and chopped sage. Using the coarsest holes on a box grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour, then mix gently with your fingers to incorporate it into the flour until no clumps larger than peas remain. Sprinkle three tablespoons of the ice water evenly over the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to incorporate. When the mixture holds together when squeezed, it has enough moisture — if it won’t hold, add more water, a tablespoon at a time, until it does. Knead gently a few times to gather it into a dough, then wrap it into a disk in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour and up to a day ahead. For longer than a day in advance, freeze the dough.
  2. For the kabocha: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and scrub the kabocha, then cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Slice lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices — I found that a sharp mandoline (I like this one) was best for this, though be very careful when using. You can keep the skin on. Toss pieces with olive oil and about half the salt, then place in a single layer on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes or until pieces are tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. For the onions: While the kabocha is roasting, melt the butter in a heavy skillet. Lay the onion slices in a single layer (they can overlap slightly), then cook over low heat, stirring once every 10 minutes or so, until soft, brown, and jammy. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the minced garlic, sage, and balsamic vinegar (if using). Let cool briefly.
  4. To bake: Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Roll the galette dough out to a 12-inch circle between two pieces of parchment paper, or on a Silpat underneath parchment paper. Peel off the top piece of parchment paper, then line the galette with kabocha slices, caramelized onions, and goat cheese, leaving a 1 to 1 1/2-inch border. Fold the edges over the filling, pleating as desired. If you like, brush a bit of beaten egg or heavy cream over the crust for a more golden crust.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool briefly, then enjoy!