Sweet Onion Galette

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Sweet Onion Galette - Partial Overhead 3.2

This recipe poses many questions.

First – How weird is my love of onions?  Like is it Fatal Attraction levels of insane, or just Swimfan-style creepy?

(Yes… I’m referencing Swimfan.  You know you love it.)

Second – Just how many food obsessions can one girrrl have?  I think by now I’ve got like 4 billion of them.  Which is a completely accurate, not at all dramatic estimation to make.

Third – You know what you absolutely must cook for Thanksgiving?  Sweet Onion Galette.

Like, three of them.

Sweet Onion Galette - Onions 2    Sweet Onion Galette - Creamed Onions 2

I first discovered galettes when we were in Paris, and I couldn’t help but feel simultaneously hungry and in awe of them.  Most were of the fruit variety, and each one looked more divine then the next.  They were like these brilliant explosions of color wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust.  So yummy!  SO pretty!  Sooo wishing I could recreate them.

I pretty much assumed I could never properly mimic those gorgeous galettes, so I put them on my cooking “wish list” alongside lattice-top berry pie and rosemary rack of lamb.  Maybe one day I could master them, but for now they felt out of reach.

Then one casual Sunday, fate intervened.

And by fate, I mean a lazy day spent food shopping so I could avoid the gym.

Sweet Onion Galette - Center 2.1    Sweet Onion Galette - Before Oven 2.1

In an effort to justifiably “not have enough time to workout”, last weekend I decided to take an extra long trip to Gristedes.  I slooowly perused the aisles, conveniently missing most of the food I needed during my first three laps.  My plan was going swimmingly – seriously, I was taking forever – when a refrigerated little gem caught my eye.  Glorious, pre-made pie crust!  All neatly packaged, perfectly defrosted, and immediately ready to bake.  Suddenly I needed to get the hell out of that grocery store.  And no, the elliptical is not where I was headed.

I had a galette to make.

Sweet Onion Galette - Sliced 3.1

Onions have made many an appearance on CwC, almost to the point where I’d call them my favorite vegetable.  I guess that’s kind of a cop-out, calling onions your favorite veggie.  But I also admitted to liking Swimfan, so clearly my standards are questionable.  Anyway, point is onions are great in their simplicity.  They don’t need any bells or whistles, all it takes is a little sautéing and a bit of seasoning and you’re in for a mouthful of wow.  Which is basically what I think of this Sweet Onion Galette – one delicious circle of wow-ness.

For starters, this dish is surprisingly easy and will be ready for the oven in just 20 minutes.  Then there’s the presentation, which is all sorts of “This is so impressive!” pretty damn amazing.  And finally we have the taste, which is one of the most savory, creamy, buttery side dishes I have ever had the pleasure of diving into head first.

So essentially, this dish covers the entire spectrum of what Thanksgiving should be – Lots creamy, loads buttery, tons savory, and 100% WOW!

Exclamation point!

Sweet Onion Galette

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 40 mins


  • 1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 4 cups Diced Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsps Light Butter (I used Land O Lakes)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Fontina Cheese (or Gruyere or Swiss)
  • 2 tbsps All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsps Crushed or Minced Garlic
  • 2 tsps Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn - approx.
  • Crisco to grease


  1. Unroll pie crust onto lightly greased baking sheet.  Set Aside.
  2. In large skillet melt butter over medium high flame, then add onions, garlic, thyme, and salt & pepper, sauteing until soft and translucent.  Reduce flame to low, then add in flour, stirring vigorously until well combined.  Once flour is incorporated slowly add heavy cream, combining gradually until a thick mixture forms.  Allow all ingredients to simmer for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Sprinkle half of cheese in middle of pie crust, then spoon over with onions.  Evenly spread onions from the center, leaving approximately ~1" of crust bare around the edges.  Top with remaining cheese, then on an angle fold up crust around onions to create a galette - this video shows you how.  Next, whisk egg in small bowl before brushing crust with egg wash.
  4. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes until crisp and bubbly.  Allow to cool slightly, then immediately plate and serve.
Nutrition Information:

Calories: 298 Fat: 18g Carbohydrates: 30g Protein: 4g


Sweet Onion Galette - Overhead 3.1


Sweet Onion Galette - Zoom 2.1

maybe make four… just in case.



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12 Responses to “Sweet Onion Galette”

  1. #
    Lauren @Hallnesting — November 20, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    First the picture makes me want to dive through the screen and eat it. Second Swimfan – gulity pleasure. And third we should just have an onion and cheese party! And drink wine…well in 6 months that is!


    • Christine replied: — November 20th, 2013 @ 10:21 am

      thank you!! well at least you and the baby can enjoy this for now – 6 mos in the future we’ll have our wine, onions, and cheese date. And yeah maybe we’ll watch Swimfan, too #noshame


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    Liz @Life Made Sweet — November 20, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    This is crazy impressive! And I am right there with you in a love…..no obsessed with onions. I can’t wait to try this recipe!


    • Christine replied: — November 20th, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      Thanks Liz! It really was so much easier than I could have imagined and obv it was like diving into onion heaven. If you try it please let me know! :)


  3. #
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — November 20, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    I love galettes although I’d never made a savory one! Yours look amazing, so I’m eager to give it a try now 😉


    • Christine replied: — November 20th, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

      thanks Consuelo! it’s a great simple appetizer for the holidays, def give it a try!!


  4. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — November 20, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    I LOVE ONION TOO! This looks like my dream galette! And lol at Swimfan. Such a random movie, but everyone has seen it for some reason?


    • Christine replied: — November 20th, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

      thanks Sarah, I’m glad someone else shares the obsession :) And omg I know right – it’s just one of those weird cult movies I guess!


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    kim — November 21, 2013 @ 1:58 am

    yum! this looks so good.

    perhaps you can help a fellow food blogger out and vote for my mac n cheese recipe? i’d really appreciate it!: http://www.mysteryingredientbloggershowcase.com/?contestants=macaroni-and-cheese


    • Christine replied: — November 21st, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      thanks Kim! I just voted – good luck!


  6. #
    Theresa — December 6, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    This is neat-o!!! What a great recipe!!! Kinda like quiche but not. Friends from Georgia inspired the use of Vidalia (sweet) onions and friends from Vermont inspired the use of sharp cheddar for my variation.


    • Christine replied: — December 6th, 2013 @ 10:37 am

      sharp cheddar would be an incredible addition to this – go for it!! thanks for stopping by girrrl :)


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