Recipe Review

This Easy French Galette Is Packed with Mushrooms

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The fastest way to make people think you are a very fancy person is to start cooking things like this mushroom and goat cheese galette. It looks fancy, with all those savory mushrooms, golden brown goat cheese, and little bright-green flecks of fresh thyme. You could put it on a silver serving platter, or serve it straight from a sheet of baking parchment to look even more effortlessly elegant. It even sounds fancy to say the word out loud: “Galette.” The secret, of course, is that it is French, and everything in French sounds fancy. 

A savory mushroom and cheese galette like this is perfect for entertaining. It’s savory, satisfying, and looks a lot more complicated than it is. In truth, a galette is one of the easiest, quickest pastries a person can make, because the crust bakes flat on a baking sheet and does not require a special pan. Just roll it out into a flat circle, pile the filling into the center, and fold the edge over with your hands. Don’t waste time trying to make your folds match, just let the dough fall where it will. The uneven edge gives it a rustic charm, and as the author points out, that free-form crust is very forgiving.

If you use store-bought pastry dough, many galettes take less time to make than a batch of chocolate chip cookies. But making your own crust is also very impressive. This recipe ups the game by using a homemade sour cream pastry dough. The author says the additional acid and fat from sour cream and a bit of lemon juice helps tenderize the gluten and adds a ton of flavor, so you wind up with a brilliantly flaky, flavorful crust that makes a perfect base for a pile of savory, sautéed mushrooms. 

Get the Recipe: Mushroom Goat Cheese Galette from A Beautiful Plate

Credit: Joe Lingeman

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