Leek + Potato Galette with Hazelnut Crust

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Leek + Potato Galette with Hazelnut Crust

This recipe is from the October issue of Bon Appetite Magazine and just so happens to be a featured recipe from my best blogger bud Shelly Westerhausen! I thought there’s no better way to celebrate her and this awesome achievement than cook up her recipe (also it was one of the best looking recipes in the issue, if you ask me!). Shelly has her first cookbook coming out this spring and I can hardly contain my excitement! I’ve gotten many behind the scenes sneak peeks and I can tell you it’s going to be amazing/gorgeous/all that! Shelly used pistachios in this crust but I had hazelnuts on hand so that’s what I used. This galette is definitely on the list for savory eats at the baby shower, so good!

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Ingredients for the Dough

1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

 

Directions for the Dough

Place the hazelnuts into the food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add all the dry ingredients and pulse to combine. Next add the butter and process until a coarse meal forms. Gradually stream in 1/2 cup cold water (I didn’t need quite all the water, just watch the dough, if it forms a ball you’re good). Form dough into a ball, then flatten into a disk and chill for at least 30 minutes.

 

 

Ingredients for the filling

1 large leek (I used two small ones), thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of olive oil
4 oz fresh goat cheese
5 tablespoons heavy cream
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons chopped dill
2 large yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
1 large egg

honey for drizzling
pink peppercorns for serving

 

Directions for the filling

Prep all the ingredients: thinly slice the leeks and potatoes, I used a mandolin for this. Mince the garlic and whip it into the cream and got cheese, season with salt and pepper. Sauté the leeks in a small pan with olive oil until just turning translucent, not brown. Season leeks with a bit of salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 400F. I divided the dough into two equal parts to make two galettes. Roll out the dough on a clean, lightly floured surface, transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread out the cheese mixture, as shown, leaving a 1 inch boarder. Scatter on some leeks and a bit of dill, then the potatoes, then some more leeks. Tuck the crust around itself in a circle, as shown. Brush the crust with egg wash for a shiny look. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until just brown. Drizzle with honey and top with dill and crushed pink peppercorns. Season with salt and black pepper.

 

Notes

Recipe from my friend Shelly of Vegetarian ‘Ventures via Bon Appetite

Apple, Fennel + Manchego Salad

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Apple, Fennel + Manchego Salad

This may sound a little crazy but I decided to host my own baby shower. I had a few friends offer up their homes to host which was so generous and kind of them but I honestly couldn’t wrap my mind around being without my own oven/kitchen! My mom will come and help with desserts, we’re going to make this Frankfurter Kranz, this Linzer Torte, this apple cake, this chocolate hazelnut cake and these cookies. So yeah, I think we have the sweets part down. Now on to the savory. I saw a recipe for this apple, fennel and manchego salad in Wine Spectator Magazine. It has all the elements of a festive little fall salad – fresh, crisp, tart, so good! The only change I made was the addition of a little lemon juice. It brightened the whole thing up and kept the apples from browning. If you have any suggestions for savory little treats/party appetizers send them my way!

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Ingredients for the Salad 

1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced

1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced

6 ounces Manchego, cut into batons

1 tablespoon chopped chives

1 big handful walnuts, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar

pinch of salt and some fresh ground pepper

 

Directions 

Chop everything up into thin slices. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar with a pinch of salt. Combine all the ingredients and taste for salt and pepper. Garnish with more chives and fennel fronds.