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Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream

Nicoletta December 15, 2018

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Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream, delightfully sweet and savory. A buttery, light and crumbly galette envelops a rich and smooth Parmigiano Cream, including soft, sweet onions, caramelized to perfection. For your next fancy dinner or holiday gathering, this galette will surely impress everybody.

Song of the day: Guiding Light by Mumford & Sons.

I have been spoiled by Loreto with his gourmet breakfasts and scrumptious dinners. When somebody asks me if I cook, I always answer that I do, sometimes, but I am mostly the baker in the house, the awesome cook is my lovely husband.



Most of the times, though, we cook together, and that is such a pleasure to share our small kitchen, bumping into each other, saying “excuse me” or “coming through“, or sometimes just colliding because we were so concentrated on what we were doing and one of the two (well, I’d say, me, lol), forgot to say those two words. And then we burst into a laugh and say “what we would do in a bigger kitchen, we would get lost!

And then there are those nights when I make homemade pasta, pizza, some traditional Italian specialty, or I bake something, and I get to wear the cook apron and surprise Loreto with a nice dinner.

A lady and her books

That I’ve always loved books and reading is not a mystery to anyone. The amount of books displayed in my apartment in Rome and in our house in Canada is impressive, and some I also left at my parents’ place. I do rent some from the Edmonton Public Library, but it’s not the same as I have to bring them back. I am a book hoarder, lol.

To add to the books that I have, there are wonderful cookbooks, constant inspiration, and delight.

On the menu, tonight, a Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream from the latest Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook “Everyday Dorie”. The book is filled with so many good recipes that you would want to start cooking as you flip through the pages. My choice, of course, went on a savory galette, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Making the galette dough was not a problem and just my cup of tea. As a matter of fact, with the aid of a food processor, it came together in a wink. I made the galette dough the day before and let it rest in the fridge since I already knew that the main effort would be caramelizing the onions.

The Caramelized Onions

The morning after, I did ask for Loreto’s help before he went to work. I bat my eyelashes, and with a soft voice, I asked him if he could veeery kindly peel and chop for me two pounds (almost 1 kilo!) of sweet onions. He was crying at the end, but he was also a happy camper knowing what he would come home to. A delightful Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream. (Everybody should know by now that Loreto and onions are two peas in a pod, lol!).

Patience is not my strongest virtue, but let me tell you, caramelizing onions is not a task you want to rush. They need time, a looong time. Dorie Greenspan had suggested that maybe 40 minutes cooking time wouldn’t be enough. In my pan, on low heat, stirring now and then, it took me 1 hour and 05 minutes to reach that beautiful maple color.

To your rescue, you can make the onions up to three days ahead and leave them in the fridge. Actually, you can make all three components of this Galette ahead of time, and the day you want it ready, you just need to assemble.

The Parmigiano cream is fast to make and pretty easy. It brings such a nice contrast. Its saltiness and umami flavor balance the overall sweetness of the galette.

Loreto was very happy coming home to the smell of caramelized onion. I love watching him as he bites in. His eyes closed and that look of bliss gently exudes from his expression.

He described them as having this wonderful crust crispy yet tender and full of buttery flavor. Then in comes the onions, soft, velvety and so sultry with their sweet caramel flavor.

Also loved how the Parmigiano cream and how it came in so subtly with its acidity to balance the sweetness of this galette! I know he loved it because he went for seconds! So proud was he that he took some to share at work with his foodie co-worker.


Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Song of the day: Guiding Light by Mumford & Sons.

Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream

Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International


Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream, delightfully sweet and savory. A buttery, light and crumbly galette envelops a rich and smooth Parmigiano Cream, including soft, sweet onions, caramelized to perfection. For your next fancy dinner or holiday gathering, this galette will surely impress everybody.

From “Everyday Dorie” by Dorie Greenspan.


For the Galette crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups (204 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp, 113 g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water

For the Onions:

  • 2 pounds (about 900 g) sweet onions
  • 4 Tbsp (57 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, germ removed, minced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • rosemary, thyme, oregano (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

For the Parmigiano Cream

  • 1/3 cup (75 g) mascarpone, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/3 cup (33 g) grated Parmigiano
  • salt and pepper to taste


Galette crust:

  1. In a food processor, add the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse a couple of times to blend.
  2. Add the cubed butter a little at a time over the dry ingredients and pulse until the butter is cut into the flour.
  3. Add a little of the ice cold water and pulse, add some more and pulse. Continue until all the water is in, pulsing and stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl, until the dough forms curds that hold together when you pinch them.
  4. Turn the dough onto a surface and knead it gently just to bring it together. Form it into a ball, wrap in plastic and set in the fridge to rest for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. After that time, leave it at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then roll it in between two sheets of parchment paper, into a circle about 11 inches in diameter.
  6. Slide the parchment onto a baking sheet. If you’re not using it right away, put it back in the fridge, and when you’re ready, leave it on the counter for a few minutes just so it is pliable enough to lift and fold without cracking.

The Onions:

  1. Cut the onions in half from top to bottom. Place each onion half cut side down on a cutting board, slice it in half the long way and then cut it crosswise into thin slices. Put the onions in a colander, rinse under cold water, then pat dry.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, stir to coat with butter and cook, stirring for about 5 minutes, until the onions begin to soften.
  3. Add the sugar, the herbs, and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are caramelized and their color is the color of maple syrup. It will take from 40 minutes to a little more than 1 hour, do not rush the process.
  4. When the onions are caramelized, season with salt and pepper and turn into a bowl to let cool. Pick out the herbs (if using fresh) and the garlic. Set aside.

Parmigiano Cream:

  1. In a small pot over very low heat, add the mascarpone and milk and stir with a flexible spatula just until blended. Turn off heat. Stir in the grated Parmigiano and season with a touch of salt and pepper.

Assemble the Galette:

  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 400° F (200° C ).
  2. Take the baking sheet with the galette dough on the bottom sheet of the parchment. Spread the Parmigiano cream over the dough leaving a couple of inches at the border.
  3. Spread the onions over the cream.
  4. Lift the bare border of dough and fold and pleat it over the onions.
  5. At this point, you can refrigerate the assembled galette for a few hours before baking and bake it straight from the fridge, or bake it right away.
  6. Bake the galette for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust and onions are deeply golden.
  7. When done, transfer the baking sheet to a rack to cool, about 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmigiano and/or fresh herbs, cut and serve.


You can use a store-bought dough to save some time.

You can make the dough ahead of time. Refrigerate it for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to 2 months.

Both the onions and the Parmigiano cream can be made ahead, covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

The prep time includes the 2 hours resting time for the dough, the 1 hour approx for the onions to caramelize, the making of the cream and galette dough and assembly time.

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    Reply mimi rippee December 17, 2018 at 8:03 am

    How nice that you both cook. I don’t think my husband would know how to turn on the stove! This galette is absolutely gorgeous. It would be perfect to me for lunch, with a green salad.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 17, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Thank you, Mimi! That’s exactly how we had it, for dinner with a salad on the side. Perfect.

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    Reply Milena December 17, 2018 at 11:19 am

    This is a wonderful recipe! I am a huge fan of caramelized onions (and cooking books, seems like I relate to every word you shared on the topic:) and the parmigiano cream sounds fabulous! Need to give this one a try for sure!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 17, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Milena! I know we are kindred spirits 😉 . It is such a great savory galette, love how the 3 components blend beautifully together.

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    Reply Gloria December 17, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    I am a caramelized onion fanatic. So worth the effort. The results are amazing, and they make everything they touch delicious. This looks drool worthy, and I would be happy to have this for dinner any night of the week.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 17, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      One hour well spent, caramelizing the onions 😉 . This galette has amazing flavors, so good for dinner!

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop December 18, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I love reading too, but just don’t read as much as I used to….I need to make more time! This galette looks so lovely. This would be perfect on an appetizer buffet.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 18, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Thank you, Kathy! I think it would look great on an appetizer buffet, and people would love it!

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    Reply Annika December 20, 2018 at 8:34 am

    You guys never disappoint! I came here to look for a savoury dish to add to a holiday brunch menu and it didn’t take long to find it. I love that I can do most of the work ahead of time. And like you Nicoletta, I too, will leave the onion peeling and chopping to my husband! Merry Christmas!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Thank you, Annika, so much! It’s savory, yet a bit sweet, and so delicious! Hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you and your family from us!

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    Reply Dana December 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I would absolutely love this without a doubt. You got me at caramelized onions!

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    Reply Tatiana December 22, 2018 at 8:44 am

    This galette must have such a unique flavor. It look very crumbly and delicious!

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    Reply lauren December 23, 2018 at 7:22 am

    OMG that parmigiano cream sauce, I want to take a bath in it. Just kidding, mostly. The creamy cheese and the sweet and salty onions are such a great combination!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 23, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Thank you! It has a great combination!

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    Reply Sam | Ahead of Thyme December 23, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Wow, this galette looks gorgeous! And the flavour combo sounds so yummy, I bet the caramelized onions with the parmigiano is amazing!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

      It is a stellar combo! It was gone in minutes 🙂 .

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    Reply georgie December 23, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    How delicious! I made something similar the other day in mini form! they’re delicious, you can’t go wrong with caramelized onion and cheese!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Love the mini galette! It must have been so good!

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    Reply Jessica (Swanky Recipes) December 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    My dad would be all over this caramelized onion treat! I might just have to send him the recipe so he can make it while he’s off of work over Christmas! This sounds flavorful and filling!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 24, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thanks, very flavorful, indeed! Everybody loved it!

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    Reply Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life December 24, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I’ve never made a savory galette (and, honestly, didn’t even realize that was a thing) but you totally had me at caramelized onions! We’ll definitely be giving this a try sometime soon!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 24, 2018 at 10:17 am

      This one is savory but also sweet, such a great flavor combo. Thank you!

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    Reply Leslie December 24, 2018 at 5:35 am

    This is SO calling to me! And any recipe that uses mascarpone is an A+ in my book 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 24, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Also in ours 😉 . Thanks!

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    Reply Amy December 24, 2018 at 6:03 am

    The cream and caramelized onions combo in this dish is amazing! I cannot wait to make this for my fam!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 24, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Hope you try, it’s so delicious. Thanks!

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