Thanksgiving is almost here folks, hard as that might be to believe.
I feel very lucky to have like-minded family with whom to share the holidays. But if you're facing a tense gathering next week, just make this galette and shove it into anyone's mouth who steers the conversation down a treacherous path. Or, take your own giant bite, close your eyes, and pretend to be somewhere else. That's what I would do.
We've eaten this galette quite a few times since the calendar struck September and I decided it was time to eat "cozy food." I suppose it's more work than your average green bean casserole made with prefab ingredients, but if you have any inkling to make your own fried onions or mushroom soup, then this galette will require similar skill, time, and brain power, if not less.
Making a quick bechamel instead of using grated cheese would certainly take this guy up a notch and be even closer to a real green bean casserole, but in the spirit of making things quickly and easily, I went for the more straightforward approach. No need to pre-cook the green beans, but definitely caramelize the onions and toast the breadcrumbs before baking.
This galette is also delicious with some ham (or leftover turkey) and an egg on top.
Green bean galette
1 sheet puff pastry
3 oz gruyere, grated
6-8 oz green beans, trimmed
½ large onion or 3-4 large shallots
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup whole wheat panko
½ tsp salt
Preheat oven to 425. Roll out a sheet of puff pastry dough into a large rectangle on a piece of parchment. Grate gruyere and spread over the puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch boarder.
Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat and add the onions, cooking until they begin to brown and caramelize, about 15 minutes. Add the breadcrumbs and salt and sauté until fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes.
Place the raw green beans on the puff pastry and cheese, leaving the 1-inch border. Spread the breadcrumb mixture over the green beans and fold the border over the edges of the green beans and breadcrumbs.
Bake for 18-23 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
Yield: 6 portions