Monday, March 31

Savory Sausage and Fennel Galette and My New Best Friend

I have a new friend I'd like you to meet. I've never had a friend like her before-- she's fast and easy. So I was skeptical when my parents, of all people, insisted I would like her.

I don't like her, I love her. Readers meet Miss Cuisinart.
Cuisinart food processor

She is now my new best friend. Pie crusts (see ricotta pie and rice pie) are a snap thanks to her. She's also really neat; I no longer have to suffer sticky fingers and counter tops; she keeps everything to herself.

In full disclosure, our relationship was a bit bumpy at first. I wasn't sure when her dough needed more water or was ready to come out, and she wasn't forthright with me. So last time my mom visited, she conducted an intervention between Miss C. and me. Mom gave me suggestions such as how much water to add and how much to pulse. She did not give Miss C. any suggestions though; I guess I was the source of all our problems.

After that, Miss C. and I made pate brisee, a French buttery crust that is wonderful for pies and tarts. We also made a basic sweet pie crust for strawberry pie (coming soon). I was so elated at this turn of events, I would have kept making more crusts, but how many pies can two people eat?

Though Miss C. and I are tight now, I still won't invite her over when I make homemade pizza dough. Pizza dough is always made by hand; I'm just old school that way.

If you're looking for a new friend to hang out with in the kitchen, Miss C. has lots of sisters; you can find them at the Cuisinart site. So go ahead and splurge. OK, maybe not on the $800 one, (we are in a recession after all) but perhaps on the $150 or $200 model. She'll be one of the most reliable friends you've ever had.

savory sausage, fennel, and sun-dried tomato galette

My pate brisee (from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook) is the basis of this savory galette. A galette, which I like to call the "Lazy Susan's Pie," is an open-faced, free form pie that can be filled with savory or sweet fillings. Think of galettes as low maintenance pies-- they don't have to look perfect; a few little cracks are "rustic."

I made a savory filling of hot Italian sausage, crisp fresh fennel, salty sun-dried tomatoes, and rich smoked mozzarella. Though the aroma will entice you to eat two or three pieces, I'd suggest just one; the crust is rich, and buttery, and the filling is, well, filling. Serve it as an appetizer or with a simple side salad of arugula and cherry tomatoes for a dinner.

Savory Sausage and Fennel Galette
Serves 6-8
Print recipe only here.

Pate Brisee: (from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
1/8 cup ice water, plus more if needed

(from Food Blogga)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 pound hot fennel sausage, removed from the casing
1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
6 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in oil, patted dry and thinly sliced
1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh sage
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary

1 egg, lightly beaten, and 1/2 teaspoon water for egg wash

In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt; pulse to combine. Add the butter, and pulse until mixture coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining, about 10 seconds. (To mix by hand, combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then cut in butter with a pastry blender.)

With the machine running, add the ice water through the feed tube in a a slow, steady stream, just until dough holds together without being wet or sticky. Do not process more than 30 seconds. Test by squeezing a small amount of the dough together; if it is still too crumbly, add a bit more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Turn out the dough onto a clean work surface. Divide in half, and place each half a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into flattened disks. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. (The dough can be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.)

To make the filling, warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sausage, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add sliced fennel and sugar, and continue sauteing until sausage is cooked through and vegetables are lightly browned, another 3-4 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat, and stir in smoked mozzarella and fresh herbs, until well combined.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 12-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Transfer dough to a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Arrange filling on top of dough, leaving a 2-inch border all the way around. Fold the border over the filling, overlapping where necessary and pressing gently to adhere the folds.

Brush dough with egg wash. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and the filing is crispy. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool the galette. Serve warm or at room temperature.

(The second piece of dough can be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.)

savory galette slice

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Your new best friend is a rock star! The crust looks delicious -- and the filling is pretty amazing, too. I can't imagine how I'd get by in the kitchen without my cuisinart.

Gattina Cheung said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see the strawberry version!
I only can look and get envious of you being with Ms C... maybe one day when we finally settle down, I'd start to think about getting her and her sisters :D

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Very sleek. I might want to date her. And the Galette is making me crazy!!!

Anonymous said...

I felt the same way when I bought my Kitchenaid mixer. I remember leaning in closely to it, whispering in a conspiratorial tone while stroking its smooth cool surface 'We're going to be great friends!'

And yes, it has never let me down although it has almost walked itself off the counter in protest when I looked away too long from its formation of pizza dough. I think it was just trying to say 'Pay attention to me!'

Ahhh....our appliances. They do inspire us, don't they?

Manggy said...

"Lazy Susan Pie"... Bwahaha! Meanwhile, hot sausages, fennel, and sun-dried tomatoes-- droooool.

I'm afraid appliances will soon be devouring my precious counter space. I don't think I can manage more than a mini-prep. For now I push my blender to the limit. Sure the shape is all wrong for meat and dough, but that's where my strong muscular arms come in, haha :)

Peter M said...

Oooooh sexy! This is the equivalent of when men go nuts for their toys. The Cuisinart is sleek.

The tart is a wonderful excuse to break out some red and indulge!

cmoore said...

So pretty, but I'm still in the skeptical stage. People have always raved about their Cuisinarts, but growing up we only used ours to make guacamole once or twice a summer. Apparently people use them to chop vegetables too? I'm looking forward to any future posts extolling the virtues of Ms. C.

Anonymous said...

I bought a Cuisinart when I was maybe 23 or 24, when $200 was a HUGE investment. (For comparison, my single credit card had a $400 limit. Yes, twas another era.) And it's still going strong! One year, it did need to be returned to Cuisinart for repair -- yikes, over Christmas!

I don't use it for bread or pastry but mostly for chopping large quantities of vegetables and puréeing soups and sauces.

May you have a long and happy relationship with your new friend! (I'm still negotiating with the KitchenAid I'm borrowing. Perhaps your mom would do an intervention here, too?)

Anonymous said...

I love my cuisinart! My first one was a hand-me-down from my Mom, when she upgraded and I used it for years (maybe decades). When it finally gave in Jack bought me a new one for my birthday. Honestly, I doubt I'd make harissa, or pesto, or mince filling and yes, PIE DOUGH, without it.

Congrats on your new baby! :-)

Megan said...

I have a cuisinart also. I love this posts I could not have described it better myself. What a delicious recipe, the crust looks divine.


Suganya said...

Isn't she amazing. I lover her too. Galette looks mouth-watering. I am going to use the crust recipe for a vegetarian version.

brandin + kari said...

I use my Cuisinart almost every time I cook. I don't know how I ever lived without one. Great looking dish. It might be another "must try"!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I so need a friend like that, Susan. I just don't want to make my beloved Kitchen Aid jealous. :)

Your galette looks superb!

Unknown said...

That galette looks good. It is nice and golden brown and light and flaky.

glamah16 said...

I might steal this tonight. I just gor my first vegetable box this morning and its full of fennel!So Im looking for ideas.CS will eat it with the sundried tomatoes and sausage for sure!

RecipeGirl said...

I've always wanted to make pate brisee. And I'm sure Martha's is a great go-to! Your toppings look very appetizing, as usual.

I have much the same relationship with and fondness for my Viking FP. It does wonders for me :)

Simona Carini said...

Very nice! Love the photos. Your galette looks really nice. I am making a galette for dinner too, with butternut squash filling.

Randi said...

wow, incredible looking. i can't wait to try this one out.

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

Must make galette!!! this processor is fantastic looking, I broke the lid of mine at the weekend and am very sad without it, think a purchase is in order!!!

Kalyn Denny said...

I could not live without my Cuisinart. Once I broke it and tried a cheaper brand. Within a few months I had ditched it a bought another Cuisinart.

Kajal@aapplemint said...

i quite envy your new best friend !!!
does make your life simple doesnt it.
maybe sometime soon i'll buy myself one of these too.
the galette looks ...yummmmy !!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I keep staring at your galette, and imagining a nice slice with a great glass of wine! Looks divine!

Lisa Johnson said...

Nice new toy! And the galette looks so good! I've never made one, but I'll have to try. It's so pretty! Not to take anything away from the beauty of Miss C! ; )

Susan @ SGCC said...

I think you and your new friend are going to have some great times together! Your galette looks delicious. Fennel and sausage make a great team.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That galette looks really tasty! A delicious recipe... A nice combination of flavors!



Núria said...

Ai Susan! YOu make such wonderful dishes and pictures!!!! I bet the galette was Megadelicious :D

I'm also thinking about getting a kitchen robot for myself and paying in dollars is perfect for us now... do you think they ship to Europe? Any other recommendations?
Thanks in advance darling :D

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Truly scrumptious! I love those big, gutsy flavours...

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to hear about your new relationship Susan! I've been meaning to start a relationship of my own for a while now and you have just reminded me!

Anonymous said...

I love the picture with the rosemary! The galette looks so delicious!

Chibog in Chief said...

oh susan this gallette is torturing me!! looks totally divine!! would love to have cuisinart too for a friend :-)

Anonymous said...

This looks incredible. I'm going to put in on my list of recipes to make for my Project Food Blog Cook-Off!

flavor a deux

Kelly said...

That looks gorgeous. I am just discovering this site, and believe me when I say I'm a lowly amateur, at best, but your posts make me believe that I could actually cook something this delicious. Beautiful!

Le Flâneur Novice said...

Susan, you are great! Simply!

Last time I saw the strawberry salad however I didn't have time to stop, and write.

I just imagine this, and that salad together on my table :D O.m.g :D

I also liked your new friend :D

I'm looking forward for my Kitchen aid, too. But for my new house which I hope to move by June after wedding (in the end!:)))

By the way I also did something right, and created a single -english- food blog (second verion of karafakiden tatlar), however translating old entries yet.

It was not so pleasant to write in two languages at one post :)))

That's all for now...
With best wishes...

Gretchen Noelle said...

Congrats on your new friend, she looks like a rock star! Your galette looks delicious. I have seen fennel here once and I am sure we do not have the fun sausage. But...I have been wanting to make something similar.

Annie said...

I have my mom's hand-me-down older Cuisinart (probably Miss Cuisinart's older sister).

Believe it or not, I have never made pie dough in it. I have seen it done even on the food tv shows but somehow have never tried it myself. I think I'm going to try it one of these days.

And this recipe may be the one to try it with. I love, love, love fennel and paired with sausage and sun dried tomatoes- ooh, la, la...

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan! Now I know "yum" is a phrase that most food bloggers are getting rather tired of seeing, but what else can I say? Yum-ee?
That tart looks the yummiest of all galettes. Yummy-rific too :)

Unknown said...

i love your new friend, and i want a pressure cooker :) goshhhh i need to join kitchen shopaholic anonymous now

Anonymous said...

i know her too, she's pretty great. we're close, but my heart will always belong to ms. aid. mrs. kitchen aid professional 600.

this? looks really, really good. i'm a sucker for sausage.

David Hall said...

Hello new friend of Susan! I must admit, i can't do without my Magimix, been my sous chef for many years!


Stella said...

I simply love the look of the galette. It has seduced me completely! <3

Rachael Narins said...

Yumma, yumma.

I'm so glad she is able to be friends with so many people. (And lets not forget, she is French. So I think she is a Mme. LOL.)

Anonymous said...

I too have one of Miss Cuisinart's older, frumpier sisters, but she gets the job done. I think piecrust may what she does best, although I rely on her for pasta dough also.

Your galette photo is a work of art. Beautiful!!

Deeba PAB said...

And that's just how friends should be Susan...always there, unassuming & keeping everything to themselves!! YES...lovely read. I loved it. The galette looks inviting ( & rich & buttery) but I like the rustic look & the small portions idea.

whitneyingram said...

$800 for a food processor? That thing had better sprout legs and dance!

I too just recently fell in deep passionate love with a food processor. Thanks to the hubby, I now have no limitations in the kitchen.

daphne said...

man. I need that machine. One day!

Helene said...

That galette is just absolutely positively awesome!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

lydia-I wonder if she plays the guitar? ;)

gattina-Thank you! Thank you!

tw-I'd be happy to hook you up. ;)

kate-I hadn't thought to use soft strokes.

manggy-I need more closet space!

peter-Yup, better than a blackberry.

cmoore-I was skeptical too, but no more.

alanna-Yeah, moms seem to have the touch.

ann-Now, I'd actually look forward to making pies.

megan-Thanks so much!

suganya-I'm so glad to hear it.

anticiplate-Yay! Another "must-try" makes me smile. :)

patricia-Oh, yeah, there would definitely be territorial issues between them.


coco-Happy cooking with the fennel!

lore-I was really pleased with Martha's dough.

simona-Mmmm...butternut is one of my favorites.

randi-Hope you do!

rachel-I think so too!

kalyn-Some brand names are worth the extra money.

kate-You won't be disappointed.

marie-I'd try a rich, red wine, like a merlot.

anali-They're fun to make (and even better to eat).

susan-I do too!

rosa-The flavors were great together.

nuria-"megadelicious"? I love that! I'm not sure where they ship to, Nuria, but I'm sure all the info. is on the site if you click on my link to it. You might also check Good luck!

forkful-I like that--they are "big and gutsy."

helen-Don't wait a minute longer.

linda-Thanks a lot!

dhanggit-It really was delicious.

kelly-Well that sounds great. Thanks!

kelly-That is so sweet of you. I'm just a happy home cook though. :)

bal-A wedding in June? How fabulous! Jeff and I will be celebrating 13 years in June, and I'll be thinking of you. I can't wait to see your new blog. Do I have to be granted permission to comment? Best of luck, Bal!

gretchen-You could use another type of sausage with broccoli rabe or spinach too.

annie-Try it! You'll be amazed!

maryann- "Yum-ee" works. :)

rita-You might need more closets too! ;)

michelle-The sausage and fennel get me every time.

david-Magimix, huh? That's a new name to me.

stella-I'm thrilled to hear it!

rachael-I stand corrected. :)

julie-Hey, if she works, who cares if she has a few wrinkles?

deeba-Small portions are definitely the way to go.

whit ing-Seriously! You married a keeper! :)

daphne-Hope it's soon.

helene-Well, thanks!

Honeyed Hashette said...

I got this book this summer and have made several things from it that are SO YUMMY! I really did like the pate brisee recipe.

Have you tried the tomato tart on page 268? So very good (especially if you a tomato lover like me).

Chris said...

Love my Cuisinart, and yours is sexy! I almost bought the new Cuisinart mixer last weekend. The guy at Cook's warehouse said he loved it! The K.A. is still awesome, but he said the Cuisinart is going to be big. Oh the temptation!

Love galettes, too! I am so used to sweet galettes, the thought of a savory one? See the stars in my eyes? :)

Anonymous said...

Susan, you absolutely must write a cookbook; I mean it. Would you like some tips on the process to get published? Write me if you might consider this (whenever).


Bistro 613 said...

With such an auspicious start, I've the feeling that you and Ms C will go a long, long way!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

janna-I haven't tried the tart yet, but when the summer tomatoes come out, I will!

chris-Yeah, she looks good in purple!

diane-That is so kind of you. I will contact you.

shelly-I hope so!

Jeanne said...

Oh I love the look of this!! Sausages & fennel are such an amazing conbination and I like the rustic look of the galette. Looks like a perfect weekend lunch to me :)

shakti space designs said...

I made this with Gimme Lean Veggie Sausage and it was outrageously good. I'm having some for breakfast!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

shakti-I'm so happy to hear it! Thanks.

The Faux Gourmet said...

That looks great! I've been making mostly sweet galettes but have been meaning to do a savory and yours is making me hungry just looking at it. I posted a link to this on my own blog's entry on galettes-enjoy! :)