Winter Vegetable + Gorgonzola Galette

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Dropping in briefly today to wish you and yours joy and respite in the last few weeks of the year. December, man. So much goodness, so much heaviness, all at once. For me it’s always been a month where the decisions, assumptions, and challenges that I had convinced myself were reconciled over the year seem to make their way back up to the surface. You know what I mean, right? Those wounds you thought you’d healed, the parts of yourself you thought you’d made peace with don’t look so sparkly anymore. It’s my birthday in a few days, so I think that has more pull in the reflection carousel than the holidays, although the lines have always been blurry for me. There’s this challenge to stay light and grateful amidst those nudges to take stock after another full year.

Last week two dear friends were in a rollover accident. The truck was destroyed, and somehow they both walked away with bruises and broken fingers. It was an event that reminded me holy moses-jesus-buddha-mohammed do I still have SO much work to do in the grace and forgiveness department. It seems the minute I get too comfortable with the idea, or illusion, really, that I’m operating at acceptable levels of compassion or humility or unselfish love, life and circumstance has a way of calling my bluff and putting me on my knees again. I’m glad for that.

And so, December. Here to enjoy and embrace and remember and love one another in the best way we know how. Stitch by stitch, day by day. We try to be good humans, we fail often, but we keep trying. And that is the beautiful thing.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable & Gorgonzola Galette from www.happyolks.com featuring "Stitches" a winter playlist.

Winter Vegetable + Gorgonzola Galette

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 2 fennel bulbs, quartered
  • 5 small-ish beets, quartered
  • 6-8 fancy carrots, halved
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 4-6 oz crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard (or more, to your preference)
  • salt/pepper to taste

 

In a bowl, mix the flour with the sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in half of the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Cut in the remaining butter. Pour in water then begin to mix and knead the dough until a ball forms and the mixture is no longer shaggy looking. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Arrange rinsed and prepared vegetables on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until the carrots are just starting to soften and are a little al dente in the thicker regions. Sprinkle with a hearty amount of sea salt, then aside and cool. In a mixing bowl, combine parsley, shallots, cooled vegetables, and a the Dijon. Stir to coat.

On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Begin with a spoonful of the veggie-mixture into the center of the dough. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola. Repeat layering filling and cheese until you run out of ingredients and can top with more cheese. Fold the border over your veggie-cheese tower, pleating the edge to make it fit. Finish outside exposed dough with a milk or egg wash. Bake for 30-40 minutes in the 400′ oven. Cut into wedges and serve warm.                                               Winter Vegetable + Stilton Galette

  1. Annie

    I love this post! (And I love galettes too.)

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  2. Jeanine

    So beautiful – I love how many veggies you packed in here. And I’m glad your friend are ok – that must have been so scary…

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  3. Tania

    This is a stunner and a must make for me. As always, love a happyolks playlist. Looking forward to listening!

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  4. julia | all the little things

    so happy to hear your friends are safe. step by step, stitch by stitch – such a welcomed reminder that we always have room to grow and to better ourselves.

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  5. jane

    Love to see Noah on that playlist!

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  6. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I am so glad your friends are okay. We are all stitching away and as long as we keep stitching we know that we are alive, not merely existing. This year I have been stitching my life together with my sweetheart’s and together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder post, and for a gorgeous must-try recipe.

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  7. veronika

    wow.
    and thanks for the music. much needed to go with the thinking and the drinking :)

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  8. Ashley

    Beautiful words + food to match, per usual. I was so sad to see what your friends went through on Insta but was so happy to hear they came away practically unharmed. Such a wake up call. December can be tough, but I’m trying to just love as much as possible…myself included. <3 <3 Hope to see you in early 2015. Maybe a snowshoe sesh? xo

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  9. Ashley

    Also…pumped to listen to your newest playlist tomorrow!

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  10. Renee H.

    So beautiful. I completely feel where you are coming from- December being a time of happiness and reflection. Often times, I find that the reflection part makes me feel a little worthless. “What did I even accomplish this year?” etc. etc. I like your stitch analogy and references :)

    I’m a sucker for galettes- and this one looks divine. Comforting. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Millie | Add A little

    This looks so delicious and the colours are so beautiful!

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  12. Brian

    I’m glad your friends made it out of the accident with minimal damage. Those troubling moments in life always make us think a little harder about our place in the world. But I’ve also taken away something else from those experiences: that we should live just a little bigger, smile a little brighter… And treat ourselves well, as we as those around us.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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  13. Mallory

    December generally has its way with all of us. Celebration and reflection…all rolled into a few short weeks. Hoping your friends recover quickly and with ease. And this galette…holy smokes, lady. Holy smokes

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  14. thefolia

    Glad to hear your friends are unscathed…I was in a near rollover–that was scary enough! Love the photos and what a gorgeous galette…I will attempt. Happy Nesting.

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  15. Summer

    So happy for another playlist. Thank you.

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  16. lalitkhatri

    wow what a natural food.

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  17. Agnieszka

    The pictures are beautiful and the playlist will brighten my week! I can’t wait to make this.

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  18. Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen

    Thank you for this post, your words, pics, music, and gorgeous galette. Wishing you wonderful holidays full of love and joy!

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  19. kristie {birch and wild}

    So happy to hear that your friends walked away from the accident. This December I am thankful for good friends, family and good food. I am trying to learn that we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much, as we are all just doing the best we can.
    P.S. Most beautiful galette ever!

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  20. Laurie

    Beautiful. Thanks for the reminder “taking stock” AND “staying light” can coexist. Wishing you a heartwarming family filled, love infused, holiday/birthday week.

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  21. Ashley

    OMgaaah. This playlist. Perfection. I’ve listened to it at least a half dozen times already. That Aaron Embry song gives me chills. Good stuff, girl.

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  22. Jayme

    Kesley,

    Thank you for sharing that story about your friends. I am thankful they only walked away with minor injuries. Those moments of reckoning are concealed blessings; aren’t they? Gentle, sometimes not-so-gentle, reminders that life is completely out of our control. Every moment is a treasure and a gift. I definitely take stock in December, as well, and I try to be kind to myself, when I feel I don’t “measure up” or haven’t accomplished what I wanted. There are so many more things to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    I am also excited to listen to your playlist. I just finished up a best-of-the-year mix, myself, and I’ve already overplayed it! 😉 And the savory tart is calling my name. Have a happy birthday and a memorable holiday!

    Jayme

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  23. Heather

    Your words, photos, recipes, style, are always so inspiring to me. I’ve been dealing with some heavy stuff lately, and popping over to your site always makes me feel so happy. It seems like we’re always on the same page.

    I saw a picture on instagram of your new home, and although I’m a bit sad that you didn’t move to Seattle (because I am sure we would spend countless hours sharing stories and laughing and become the best of friends) I am so happy that you found a beautiful place somewhere that you love. I wish you a wonderful and happy holiday season Kelsey.

    xo Heather

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  24. Ashley

    This is incredibly beautiful. Cannot wait to make it.

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  25. Molly E

    I read your beautiful words the other day and then came back to them …again and again. Thank you for putting December in such a way – we all know it! Peace and light to you.

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  26. Marta

    Kelsey,
    Thank you for the gorgeous playlist you shared. It’s perfect!

    I hope you have the most wonderful birthday and Christmas day.

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  27. Mahee Ferlini

    Great music and great photos!

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  28. Roy Hansen

    I am ashamed to say I’ve never tried a galette before, but after seeing this and drooling all over my keyboard, I must rectify that one. It looks so good and there’s no arguing it’s good FOR you too. I switched to a whole food lifestyle with intermittent fasting a couple years ago and I have never felt better. It seems there’s always wonderful things coming out by creative mind who blend ingredients so well that you’d never know you were eating healthy at all, so many more options available these days. I recall when eating healthy meant rice cakes. Joy eh?

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  29. marcia

    oh my, this galette looks amazing.
    i’m going to have to try this recipe sometime next month.
    (also your playlist + photographs are so on point._ 😉 )

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  30. tara

    Lovely post – thank you for sharing. Tis the season. Can’t wait to try the gallete.

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  31. Laurel

    Glad everyone’s alright. I’m also glad I (re)discovered your beautiful blog. Keep it up!

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  33. lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    your words in this leave no words…they are beautiful. I always find December an odd bird of a month caught somewhere between festive cheer and the reminder of just how quickly a year can pass. Happiest of New Years. xo.

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  34. Patricia

    This looks perfect! My daughter and her husband are severely allergic to gluten and dairy, and want to start trying new recipes for their home.

    Thank you for sharing this, I can’t wait to give it to them!

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  35. Hope

    Amazing recipe. My family adored this.

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  36. Kate

    Such a beautiful post! Wishing you all the blessings in the New Year. The galette is gorgeous as well.

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  37. Yasmeen | Wandering Spice

    Glad to hear your friends are OK after the accident – what a horrid scare. And, at the same time, what a reminder at this very loaded time of year of how lucky we can be. Best wishes for 2015!

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  38. Caroline | carolinescooking

    This looks beautiful! I love galettes, they have such a delicious pastry and are much easier than tarts. The filling here looks really tasty as well. Happy New Year!

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  39. celeste wilson

    This is a gorgeous post Kelsey! Im sure the flavors are so complementary! This one is a must make!

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  40. Bec

    So real. So important to remember, I hope you enjoyed a happy and safe New Year x

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  41. Adri

    Eekk! I feel you, and while December starts that process of brewing and bringing out all that is wrong with life, January finishes it as there is this “pressure” to fix it all in the coming year… Hence, I am the biggest skeptical when it comes to goals and resolutions. Because yes, all we can do is keep trying and take one day at a time.

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  42. Mary

    You have inspired me to make a galette, it’s simply beautiful and amazing flavors:)
    Mary

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  43. e matt

    also, are the beets and carrots peeled?

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  44. Erika Serodio

    Your photos are so beautiful! I tried this recipe last week – it was delicious. I was rushing slightly, and did not allow the vegetables to cool completely before arranging them into a lovely pile on my crust. It still worked, but I think it would have held together a little better (and been more picturesque!) had I waited. Next time, I’ll trust your directions fully. Happy to have found your website!

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  45. jeyjey

    Wow, that looks amazing!

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  46. Agness

    I absolutely love this idea for a nice dinner!! Will try the recipe soon!

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  47. glen

    This looks amazing! Great, simple recipe for my favorite dish, have to try this tonight

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  48. Karissa

    your food always looks and sounds so delicious, and the playlists you put together are fantastic…thanks!

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  49. Julia

    This looks delicious and I cannot wait to give it a try. A perfect winter comfort food. I may add the superfood radicchio, as I try to add as many nutritionally benifical ingredients as possible to the meals for my family. But it really looks perfect. Thank you again for the new recipe to try!

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  51. felicia | Dish by Dish

    Hey Kelsey,

    Life sure does know how to make us feel vulnerable – it has a knack of making us drop to our knees (in your own words) when we least expect it. And it’s ok, because that’s what teaches us humility, being open to changes, and learning to deal with changes. My mum had a heart attack last Christmas day, and during her stent operation we almost lost her twice – very nervewrecking news particularly because I’m based in Buenos Aires and she in Singapore (where all my family is). But it makes me so much more appreciative of every moment of life, or every chance we have to be kind and show love to the people we love (as well as those whose lives intersect with ours if only for just a few moments).

    hope you started your 2015 in the most beautiful way.

    felicia

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  52. Allan

    The recipe looks wholesome, nutritious and heart warming all rolled in a baked plate of goodness. At any time of teh year it is prudent to always be grateful for what we have, as what we have or what we go through is always potentially a lot better than what others do not have.

    Make every day count and be filled with gratitude.

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  53. Renee Kemps

    AMAZING recipe!! I’m already planning to make this one for my family brunch next weekend. Can’t wait!!

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  54. Renee @ AFS

    AMAZING recipe!! I’m already planning to make this one for my family brunch next weekend. Can’t wait!!

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  55. Mary

    This is simply beautiful – and what gorgeous ingredients -really lovely!
    Mary

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  56. Linda

    Just had to tell you I made this over the weekend and it was amazing!! With a glass of wine, so perfect!

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  57. Sal @ The Fit Foodie

    This is definitely on my dinner list this week! Might try it with some fresh rhubarb for a little salty-sweet twist with the gorgonzola. Heaven! Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Carol

    Looks amazing!

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  59. MatseCooks

    Simple lovely and delicious looking. Your pictures are absolutely stunning. Well done Happyolks. Bravo!

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  60. kirsten burnett

    this is just a very unique and yummy recipe that i should try. i have been looking to branch out with my cooking style and this would be a perfect way to change it up. thank you for sharing.

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  61. Grace Ann

    I made this winter vegetable galette a few days ago and used butternut squash, fennel, sweet potato, carrot, and parsnip for the veggies and it was so delicious! This recipe is a keeper. What a great presentation and delicious flavors. Thank you for this recipe!
    Ps. I have reheated it both in the oven and microwave and it tastes great both ways.

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  62. Cris

    The galette is such a great venue for baking. I often make a plum galette for my husband and I from a French cookbook that is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. elizabeth

    I love this and it has everything I love. We’re in the middle of a snowy day and this will be a great dinner tonight. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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  64. TheEightHours

    Your photographs are amazing.
    We are going to attempt this and make a few little changes to make it GF and hopefully will come out as good as yours looks.

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  65. Steph | Friendly Little Kitchen

    All set to cook this for dinner tonight! Cannot wait, it looks sooo good. Thanks 😉

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