Fig season! I had figs & half a block of leftover feta cheese begging for attention this weekend so a savory Fig Galette went on the menu. In this recipe, I blend feta with farmers cheese & a little cream cheese for flavor and texture. It makes a lovely, creamy base for the caramelized onions & figs.
Have you ever tried farmers cheese before? It’s kind of like a ricotta or cottage style cheese. I buy Friendship brand, salted Farmers Cheese. It’s sold in a 7.5 oz package. I love to spread it on toast, top with runny eggs and some fresh sliced pepper. If you make one Galette and have cheese leftover, try some with breakfast.
For the crust I used my Buttermilk Oat Crust (recipe here) but you can use your favorite basic pie crust. If it’s a sweet crust recipe I would add less sugar when making the crust, the caramelized onions & figs add the perfect amount of sweetness to this dish.
The bake time noted is oven baking time for the completed Galette. Keep in mind caramelizing onions takes about 30-40 minutes, so please also allow at least one hour of prep time.
Fig, Caramelized Onion & Feta GalettePrint Recipe
- 1 Large or 2 Medium Vidalia/Sweet Onions, sliced into half moons
- 8-10 Figs, depending on size, washed and sliced
- 3 oz Feta Cheese
- 3.25 oz Farmers Cheese (1/2 of a 7.5 oz package)
- 2 tbsp Cream Cheese, full fat block style not whipped
- Salt & Olive Oil, for cooking onions
- 1 Pie Crust
- 1 Egg beaten with 1 tbsp water, for egg wash
- Parchment Paper for baking, optional but recommended
Caramelize the onions. Add 1 tbsp Olive Oil to a large sauté pan and heat over medium heat. Add sliced onions. Toss to coat and spread the onions out over the pan. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally but also allowing to sit and cook for a few minutes at a time. You need to watch that they turn golden brown, but that they do not burn. If necessary, adjust the flame. After 10 minutes sprinkle with a pinch of salt. After 20 minutes add a tbsp of water and stir to keep them moist. The golden brown should start to darken into a rich caramelized color. If necessary, adjust the flame. After 30 minutes you can sprinkle with another pinch of salt, taste to see if they are sweet and caramelized yet. If they need a bit more time check again at the 35 & 40 minute mark. NOTE that a higher flame will not cook them faster, it will burn the onions. Once caramelized, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Preheat Oven to 375°
In a food processor, add the Feta, Farmers Cheese, Cream Cheese and half of the Caramelized onions. Pulse to combine into a spread. If you do not have a food processor, finely dice the cooked onions by hand and stir mixture together using a wooden or firm spoon to fully combine cheeses with the onion.
Prepare rolled out flat crust on parchment paper on a baking sheet. It does not have to be a perfect circle, remember this is a rustic style dish so imperfections are welcome. Spread the cheese mixture onto the crust, leaving about 1.5 -2" border all the way around (see picture in gallery).
Layer remaining Caramelized Onions onto Cheese mixture. Layer sliced Figs over onions (see picture in gallery).
Brush 2" edge with egg wash, fold up around the filling, pressing and pinching crust together as needed. Brush outside of crust with egg wash (see picture in gallery).
Bake for 40-50 minutes, until crust is golden brown and figs are nicely roasted.
Allow to cool before serving. Galettes are a bit crumbly so handle gently. I use a pizza cutter for slicing and a spatula to serve.