Friday, November 21, 2008

Wild mushroom and stilton galette

Originally done by Deb at Smitten Kitchen.

I love Smitten Kitchen. On any given day, she has many recipes and photos to drool over, but one of my favorites is a roasted butternut squash and caramelized onion galette which I make every chance I get during fall. So, when I made this challenge to myself to attempt 15 new recipes, this mushroom and stilton galette was at the top of my list because of its similarity to that squash-onion tart.

People. I am not in love with this recipe. In fact, I'm incredibly underwhelmed. It's missing something, or several somethings, so I'll have to give it another go. So far, I'm thinking a bit more garlic and blue cheese, and maybe some pancetta.

On a positive note, this crust is fantastic. I don't know that I'd use it for sweet tarts, but for savory ones, I think this is my new staple. Very easy and very forgiving while you're rolling it out.

Mushroom and Stilton Galette
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut intopieces
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup ice water
For the filling:
1/4 oz. dried wild mushrooms, such aschanterelles, porcini or shiitakes
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup sliced green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 lb. assorted fresh wild mushrooms, such aschanterelles, porcini and shiitakes, brushedclean and large mushrooms thinly sliced
1/2 lb. fresh button mushrooms, brushed cleanand thinly sliced
5 oz. Stilton or other good-quality blue cheese

1. To make the pastry, in a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Place the butter in another bowl. Place both bowls in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove the bowls from the freezer and make a well in the center of the flour. Add the butter to the well and, using a pastry blender, cut it in until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Make another well in the center. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice and water and add half of this mixture to the well. With your fingertips, mix in the liquid until large lumps form. Remove the large lumps and repeat with the remaining liquid and flour-butter mixture. Pat the lumps into a ball; do not overwork the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, make the filling: Place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl and add the boiling water. Let stand for 30 minutes until softened. Drain the mushrooms and mince finely.

3. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.

4. In a large fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the green onions and saute, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary and thyme and continue to cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Increase the heat to high, add the fresh and rehydrated mushrooms, and saute until the mushrooms are tender and the liquid they released has completely evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.

5. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Crumble the blue cheese into a bowl, add the cooled mushrooms and stir well. Spread the mixture over the dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Fold the border over the mushrooms and cheese, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open.

6. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes, then slide the galette onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve hot, warm or at room temperature. Serves 6.


CaneWife said...

I'm sorry you were underwhelmed, but it's awfully purty.

ashley-cita said...

LOL, thanks. I guess I just expected more flavor. YEV liked it, though.