Rustic Tomato Galette with Feta Cheese

by Nata
Tomato galette

Surprise your family with something unusual – a galette with tomatoes, feta, and truly aromatic herbs.

For those who haven’t heard about the galette – it is a pastry similar to a tart or pie that has its origins in the northwestern part of France. This rustic-looking tart usually has a round shape. However, galettes are free form so you do not need any special tools or baking trays to make it. The fillings can be very diverse, both sweet and salty. 

I am in love with the pastry. Sweet or salty tarts, rustic and crumble galettes, it doesn’t matter, I love them all. In addition, most of them can be cook very quickly and easily. So this is another reason to make them quite often.

Recently I came up with the idea of ​​a Tomato Galette with salty cheese. I could already imagine how it looks like, and even could already feel the wonderful taste of tomatoes wrapped in a crunchy and salty herbed dough. I just adore tomatoes when they’re in season because they have a more pronounced aroma and a sweeter taste. Everything sounds very good in my mind: divine taste and cheerful appearance. Divine taste? Well, isn’t it a perfect match of flavors? How can they not combine?

Tomato galetteWell, I had something on my mind and I say it came out as I expected. But before it came out to my liking I practiced it a few times. 

This quick and easy tomato galette recipe is perfect for family weeknight dinner. For more ideas try our appetizing Egg&Cheese Spring Galette.

What are the benefits of eating tomatoes?

Tomatoes are one of the few vegetables that, after processing, become even more healthy. After being exposed to heat even for 2 minutes, the amount of lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) from tomato, triples. Lycopene is found in red products, the redder the tomato is, the more lycopene it has.  

I decided to bake this galette with tomatoes not only to increase the lycopene level but because of their divine taste!

Tomato galetteIngredients for Rustic Tomato Galette with Feta :

If you decide to make this rustic and refreshing galette, make sure you have the following ingredients, that actually is not hard to find in almost any pantry:

For the flaky crust:

  • All-purpose flour 2 ½ cups 
  • Unsalted butter 8 oz (2 stick)
  • Egg yolks 2
  • Salt
  • Dried mixed herbs
  • Lemon zest

Tomato galetteFor the tomato and feta filling:

  • Tomatoes 18 cherry tomatoes
  • Feta cheese 8 oz – 2 kinds (salty and less salty)- crumbled
  • Dried basil
  • Spring onion
  • Fresh basil for garnish

How to make a flaky crust for Galette?

Tomato galetteThe crust that I made for this Tomato Galette is the classic shortcrust pastry that I usually use making quiches just with some flavorful adds. This flaky crust is so simple to prepare and does not need any kitchen robot. I like to knead this kind of pastry with hands as in the kitchen robot it can be easily over-mixed. However, due to the lack of time, I start using more often a food processor.  You can use it with the blade attachment to rub in the butter in the flour.

So, take a food processor bowl and tip unsalted butter into the all-purpose flour. Process until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Then add in salt, lemon zest, and dried mixed herbs and mix. Lemon zest and herbs will give a fantasy flavor to this galette. Now gradually add 2 eggs yolks and pulse just to combine everything well. Transfer dough to a work surface and divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll balls and set aside.

Now to make the process faster, easier and with less mash roll the dough out directly on parchment paper. Transfer one piece of dough on a parchment paper and roll it out until it is between ¼ to ⅙ inch thickness. The dought is pretty light and you will find it easy to roll out. Repeat with remaining dough ball.

Tomato galetteCover with plastic wrap and send them to the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes while you are preparing fillings.

How to make Rustic Tomato Galette with Feta?

While the dough is chilling we have enough time to prepare the filling. Wash and dry some colorful tomatoes. I was lucky to find at the farmer market a fresh mix of cherry tomatoes. If you only smell them! Then crumble feta cheese and mix it with dried basil and chopped spring onion, until it is well combined.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grab one piece of dought and start loading on the filling. The feta mixture goes on first. Spread the cheese into the center of the dough, leaving a 1 1/2″ border on all sides. The cheese layer acts as a barrier to keep the dough crispy, so it won’t be soggy. Now layer the tomatoes.

Tomato galetteFold in the border of the crust over the filling, pleating slightly as to create pleasant rustic edges. Brush the galette border with one beaten yolk dissolved with 2 tbsp of water.

Bake Tomato Galettes with Fetta for 25 minutes or until the crust is nicely golden brown.

When baked transfer galettes on cooling rack and chill for 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil, slice into wedges, and serve immediately.

Tomato galette

Tips:

  • For a healthier version substitute all-purpose flour to almond, rice, buckwheat, or oat one. 
  • If you are using regular tomatoes, you must first remove any extra liquid from them. Slice and season tomatoes with salt. Let them sit for 20-30 minutes on paper towels. You will see how the paper will pull out all extra liquid from the tomatoes.
  • Be creative and experience with diverse filling. The one that is must-try is gorgonzola cheese with red onion. 

gorgonzola galette

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Rustic Tomato Galette with Feta Cheese

Surprise your family with something unusual - a galette with tomatoes, feta, and truly aromatic herbs.
 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
DOUGH REST30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Tomato Galette, Tomato Galette recipe
Servings: 3 galette
Calories: 1199kcal
Author: Nata

Equipment

  • food processor
  • baking sheets

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz unsalted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • zest from one lemon
  • pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • 18 cherry tomatoes
  • 8 oz feta cheese crumbled
  • dried basil to taste
  • spring onion to taste
  • 1 egg for brushing

Instructions

  • Take a food processor bowl and tip unsalted butter into the all-purpose flour. Process until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Then add in salt, lemon zest, and dried mixed herbs and mix. Lemon zest and herbs will give a fantasy flavor to this galette. Now gradually add 2 eggs yolks and pulse just to combine everything well. Transfer dough to a work surface and divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll balls and set aside.
  • Transfer one piece of dough on a parchment paper and roll it out until it is between ¼ to ⅙ inch thickness. Repeat with remaining dough ball.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and send them to the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes while you are preparing fillings.
  • Wash and dry some colorful tomatoes. Then crumble feta cheese and mix it with dried basil and chopped spring onion, until it is well combined.
  • Grab one piece of dought and start loading on the filling. Spread the cheese into the center of the dough, leaving a 1 1/2" border on all sides. Now layer the tomatoes. Fold in the border of the crust over the filling, pleating slightly as to create pleasant rustic edges. Brush the galette border with one beaten yolk dissolved with 2 tbsp of water.
  • Bake Tomato Galettes with Fetta for 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 400°F.
  • When baked transfer galettes on cooling rack and chill for 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil, slice into wedges, and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 1199kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 83g | Saturated Fat: 52g | Cholesterol: 415mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2959IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 441mg | Iron: 7mg

 

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