Thursday, March 29, 2012

SPINACH GALETTE WITH WILD MUSHROOMS



The last gusts of winter have me craving coziness: a good read by the fire still appeals to me, and I want a mug of tea to warm my mitts. But the brilliant green of spring is calling to me as well. Our garden is crazy with buds and sweet new leaves, and the longer evenings inspire me to get out and walk with P after dinner, even if it drizzles.

To honor the end of winter and the burgeoning spring, I thought I'd share some comfort food that is full of freshness. How about flaky buttery deliciousness that's packed with TWELVE CUPS of spinach.... doesn't that sound like a fun way to eat your greens?

Note: be sure to make your dough at least an hour (or up to two days) before you want to cook your galette.

CRUST INGREDIENTS
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  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (GF folks: I always use Pamela's Bread and Flour Mix)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 6-7 tablespoons ice water
Place flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir. Cut butter into pieces and add to the mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut butter into the flour mix. Keep mixing until the butter is reduced to pea-sized bits. Drizzle 5 tablespoons of ice water into the bowl and continue to mix ingredients with pastry cutter. Even though the mixture will still be quite crumbly at this point, squeeze some dough between your fingers and see if it holds together. You will probably need to add at least another tablespoon or two of ice water to get your dough to hold together. (Don't overwork or over-wet your dough: a nice, slightly crumbly dough with smears of butter throughout (that just holds together) will give you a great flaky crust later.)

Get out a large piece of plastic wrap and lay it on the counter next to your mixing bowl. Using your hands, gently gather the dough into a ball and place it in the center of the plastic. Wrap the ball in plastic and use the heel of your hand to flatten the dough a into a thick round. Chill the wrapped dough in the fridge for at least a hour, or up to two days.


FILLING INGREDIENTS
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  • 12 packed cups spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup sliced leeks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh wild mushrooms (Chanterelles or Hedgehogs are delicious here)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Italian parsley

Preheat oven to 375.

Thoroughly wash and trim spinach. If you are using baby spinach, you can keep the leaves whole. If using larger spinach leaves, chop them coarsely. Set aside.

Wash leeks, making sure to get that sneaky dirt out from between the layers. Trim off the roots and slice the whites and pale greens into thin rounds.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan, or wok, over medium heat. Add leeks and a pinch of salt to the warm oil, cover pan and cook leeks until tender. When leeks have softened, add spinach leaves and another pinch of salt, toss them with the oil and leeks. (If you cannot fit all the spinach in your pan right away, let the first bit wilt and make room to add more leaves.) Cover and continue to cook over medium heat until spinach is tender - 5 minutes should do.

Remove spinach and leeks from pan and set aside. When the greens have cooled, squeeze out any excess water that might still be clinging to the spinach.

In the meantime, prep your mushrooms. Using a brush, sweep all the dirt off the mushrooms. (Try to avoid washing them in water, if possible.) Trim off any funky bits and coarsely chop.

Heat a medium cast iron or saute pan over high heat. When the pan is hot, but not smoking, add the mushrooms. They will immediately steam and sizzle. After the mushrooms have released their water and it begins to evaporate, add one tablespoon of olive oil and a generous pinch of salt. Continue to cook over high heat until mushrooms are tender, but not well-done. Cooking time will vary, depending on which mushrooms you use; trust yourself, and taste as you go to check for doneness. (Keep in mind that all of these ingredients will continue to cook in the hot oven later.) Set aside cooked mushrooms.

Take your chilled dough out of the fridge. Cover a cutting board with a big piece of parchment paper. Place your dough on the parchment. Sprinkle a bit of extra flour over the top of the dough and dust your rolling pin with flour. Roll out the dough into a nice large circle or oval.  Slide the rolled-out galette dough (keeping it on the parchment) onto a baking sheet.

Leaving a couple of inches of dough as a boundary around the edge of your oval/circle, sprinkle 3/4 cup of Parmesan over the the middle portion. Then add the spinach, leeks, and mushrooms. Spread them out, respecting the boundary around the edges. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan over the top. Fold up up the edges. Put the galette in your 375 degree oven.

After 35-40 minutes of baking, your galette should be nice a golden brown. You can eat it warm or let it cool to room temperature... either way, it's really good.

Sprinkle galette with chopped parsley. Enjoy!

62 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! This galette looks so good. A great creation.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Hey, beautiful Design Sponge interview! I like that the Polaroid made it in, even if you're not digging the film results:)

    This is a beautiful galette. I hope we get out to hunt for some mushrooms this spring, there's so much to find out there. My boyfriend has been finding moose antlers in the woods this week during work, and I'm sure that's just the tip of the iceberg. But you know how I feel about foraging;)

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  3. I looove wild mushrooms and their yummy earthy taste. Great dish!!

    Come check out my Avocado Pistachio Ice Cream recipe. :)
    http://www.becauseofmadalene.com/2012/03/avocado-pistachio-ice-cream.html

    Christina

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  4. Thanks Rosa!

    Emma, Thanks. I was thrilled with the Design Sponge piece. Ginny's interview was really fun. And yep, I still give my Polaroid some love, even just as a nod to the memory of the old Polaroid days of ease. I can't wait to hear what you find in the woods!

    Christina, Thanks for stopping by. Avocado Pistachio ice cream sounds really interesting. I skeptically drank an avocado shake a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. I can imagine the creamy texture would really work in ice cream too.

    xo
    E

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  5. I love galettes. I love mushrooms. This is a deliciously rustic looking recipe. Yes! I did change my name. I've always been 'iffy' about the 'snippets' part. It sounds kind of spunky and cutesy to me and that isn't really me. I like more simplistic names. It might have also been a spring cleaning kind of change as well. It's that time of year!

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  6. good god woman. that looks fucking sensational.

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  7. Sarah, I like the simplicity of your new name, and love the herb of course! Simplicity is good, and it only gets harder to make a change later on. Congrats again on all the good college news!

    Phyllis,
    Come over and I'll make you a galette soon:)

    xxxooo
    E

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  8. Wow. I love savory galettes. This looks gorgeous.

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  9. I am with you on the delimina between Spring and still wanting a fire. In fact with the impending storm headed our way for Saturday, it is a perfect day to read my bookclub selection. Your galette looks and sounds simply divine. Chanterell mushrooms are my most favorite types on earth. If you head to Oxbox, let me know how you like it. It is like a mini Ferry Building. :)

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  10. Adrianna, next time I make a savory galette, I want to top it with an egg like you did a while back. I keep thinking of your brilliant breakfast galette!

    Lisa, I wish you a cozy weekend of reading and I'm sure you'll eat something yummy by the fire:)

    xo
    E

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  11. Gorgeous photo! I feel like I can just reach into my screen and pull out a slice. If ONLY!!! ;)

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  12. What a beautiful dish Erin, and a lovely way to celebrate the end of winter and welcoming spring. That first photo is so enticing and makes me want to grab a slice. I just adore the combination of spinach and mushrooms.

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  13. Carolyn, If only you lived closer by...I'd be happy to share a slice:)

    Jennifer, wish I could share with you too!

    xo
    E

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  14. this is such a beautiful and delicious dish! i would absolutely love a slice of that!

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  15. I just found you on Design Sponge. Your blog is beautiful!

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  16. What an absolutely delicious looking galette! This would make such a lovely lunch dish!

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  17. Hey Anonymous - Welcome!

    Anna, it really is a nice lunch and it packs up nicely for a picnic:)

    xo
    E

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  18. I love savory galette and this one looks stunning. I have to make this .. spinach and mushroom works all the time!

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  19. What an excellent way to usher in spring - your galette looks super delicious! Love the shot of the mushrooms :)

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  20. Kankana, I agree... you cannot go wrong with spinach and mushroom:)

    Renee, Thanks! I thought your mushroom pizza looked amazing!

    xo
    E

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  21. Oh my, spinach and mushrooms on a buttery crust... such a beautiful classic combination!

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  22. This is very gorgeous! This does sound like a great way to get in some greens... I always buy too much it seems. Congrats on the Design Sponge interview!

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  23. Leaf :)

    Jane, I too always buy gobs of spinach. It always amazes me just how much it cooks down. I actually think the galette could take even a couple more cups!

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  24. Wow, this looks so good! I'm amazed at how much spinach you've managed to cram in – yummy!

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  25. This looks like a perfect between seasons meal, and I love how packed with spinach it is! Beautiful crust as well.

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  26. Mel, Thanks!

    Lisa, This is such a funky time of year - warm and balmy one day and frigid the next. I guess we can't go wrong with healthy comfort foods;)

    xo
    E

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  27. This sounds like my kind of welcome to Spring. Love the mixture of spinach and mushrooms -galettes are a go-to..savory, sweet, all year round. But, during Spring, in particular, they excite me the most :)

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  28. Holy moly, look at that flakey, buttery crust!! This looks absolutely fantastic, Erin. Putting this on my "must-try" list.

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  29. Kasey, that's so funny. I go galette crazy in the spring too. Must be something in the air;)

    Paige, thanks! I'd love to hear what you think of the recipe.

    xo
    E

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  30. denise ashbow nycApril 04, 2012

    i'm newbie gluten free cook. heard that this was the best GF blog and it does
    look exciting. i cant wait to try your recipes! the photos make me want to hit the stove
    this nano-second!

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  31. This looks amazing! Do you have any good suggestions for ribs, even spare ribs? Your pictures are amazing!!!

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  32. Thanks Denise! Wow. That's high praise. I hope the recipes don't disappoint;)

    Anonymous, Ohhh I love spare ribs too. Lemme ask P - he is the meat guy in this house.

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  33. Are those green onions in the photograph? I didn't see them in the recipe list.

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  34. Josh, They do look like green onions don't they? They are young leeks, but more mature leeks would work just as well.
    -E

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  35. Yum! Where did you find the gorgeous chanterelles?

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    1. Abby, Believe it or not, those beauties aren't Chanterelles, they are Hedgehogs. I couldn't resist the pile of them at Monterey Market. But Chanterelles would be awesome in this recipe too.

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  36. atmosteatsApril 06, 2012

    Savory tarts are so incredible. My family will nosh on them for a few days: one meal for a weekend lunch, then snacks for breakfast, midday, whatever. I love these photos, in particular. You have created such an enticing atmosphere with that depth of field, like I could just wander in to the frame and get lost in ingredients. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks atmosteats, I love the versatility of galettes too. I could happily eat galettes on a regular basis!

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  37. What scrumptious food! I am amazed how you can create such crust without gluten. Makes me want to go gluten-free myself, since I feel better without it. You make the life look easy and so, so beautiful.

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    1. Clay, that is so sweet. I gotta say... the gluten-free life isn't bad at all:) And I cannot tell you how many people tell me they feel better without it.

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  38. Gorgeous galette. And I could always use more spinach in my diet :)

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    1. Chung-Ah, We've got 12 cups of leafy greens for you right here;) Have a good weekend!

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  39. Mushrooms are my favorite. This looks sooooooo good!

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  40. Angela,
    We are huge mushroom fans around here too! In fact we just got one of those grow-your-own mushroom kits. Such fun:)
    xo
    E

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  41. oooooh. I think this will be a project sometime soon.

    thanks Erin!

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  42. Great recipe! Happy Easter to you!

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  43. Stash, I hope you enjoy!

    Thanks Jane. Happy Easter to you too:)

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  44. Such a simple recipe for what looks like a complex dish. Love it. Could I use whole wheat flour in place of all-purpose?

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    1. Hey Jay, I think whole wheat flour could work here. I would try 3/4 all purpose to 1/4 whole wheat. It has been years since I've had any wheat flour in my kitchen, but that's where I'd start. If you are trying to eat less processed wheat flour, you may even want to try Pamela's GF flour. It is so good!

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  45. George TurinApril 11, 2012

    I was served this as a first course at Easter dinner. By far the best galette I've ever tasted!

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    1. George, What a great thing to hear! I'm totally honored that you had my galette for Easter and I'm so glad you liked it:)

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  46. I just made this recipe last night! At first I was skeptical because I thought there was no way this recipe could actually taste as delicious and mouth-watering as it appears in the photos.
    But it was! My husband was raving about it, and we both ate until we were full! It is just so good! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    Now I'm checking your blog for other enticing recipes to try. :)

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    1. Crane and Whitney, What a nice comment to wake up to today! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the galette so much:) And thanks for letting me know.
      -E

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  47. I am new to your blog and the recipes look fantastic. I am coming back for more.

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    1. Hey there Anette, welcome! I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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  48. New to your blog, I made this over the holidays, switching feta for the parmesan. And confess I used a pre-made crust. It was so easy, looked great and was beyond delicious. Am now paying close attention!

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  49. If you pick the mushies you might end up on a magic ride full of purple swirls :-)

    magic mushroom kits

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  50. Hi -- about how many does this serve? Just discovered your blog -- looks great. -- Ellen.

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    1. Hi Ellen, the galette serves 6-8 as a side or 3-4 as a main. Hope you enjoy!

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  51. I stumbled on this recipe and just had to try it. I'm new to your site and your blog. Although I substituted whole wheat flour (2/3 ww and 1/3 white--gluten is not a concern for me), otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I wasn't really sure how thin to roll out the dough, how big a circle to make, or how many it would serve. I couldn't find chanterelles or hedgehogs where I live, so I had to use oyster and shiitake mushrooms. Even with these substitutions, the galette was delicious. I will definitely make this again! The only addition I might make in the future would be to add a few garlic cloves, at the leek stage. Thank you,

    Gail

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So good to hear from you... I appreciate each and every note you leave for me!

Thanks,
E

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