A moment for my first viral recipe and most re-created recipe <3. I made this randomly last fall for a holiday appetizer and had no idea it was going to take off – I guess that’s how it works. Maybe it was the beloved, colorful heirloom tomato, or the goat cheese + caramelized onion + balsamic combination – but this thing took off, and for good reason.
This is one of those “beautiful on the inside and outside” recipes. Sometimes food tastes truly remarkable but just ISN’T a stunner, but this one has both things going for it. This is one of my favorite recipes to make for a holiday appetizer. Although, heirloom tomatoes are the *best* in the summer and early fall, so she’s can be a year-round beauty.
This galette should serve 4-6 as an appetizer. It is definitely considered a “heavier” appetizer as it has some pretty rich ingredients – creamy goat cheese, pie crust, and buttery caramelized onions. Each person will probably only need one slice of this if you have an entree coming shortly after.
DO I HAVE TO USE AN HEIRLOOM TOMATO?
You don’t, but they’re the prettiest for sure. I like grabbing a couple different colored ones to make the recipe a bit more visually appealing. They are also in season in the summer and fall so when they’re around and fresh, I try my best to snag them. If you can’t find heirloom tomatoes, you could use vine tomatoes or beefsteak (these are milder in flavor and not very sweet).
THE ART TO CARAMELIZING ONIONS
The main thing to remember for this is LOW & SLOW & LOTS OF BUTTER. Patience is your best friend when it comes to caramelizing onions. You will want to thinly slice your white onion, add butter to a pan on LOW heat, and add your onions once the butter is melted. The main goal is to not let the onions char or burn, so continuously stirring and making sure there’s always plenty of butter to go around is key. The entire process should take about 20-30 minutes. You’ll be left with dark golden, jammy caramelized onions and your entire home will smell like actual heaven. Here is a perfect YouTube video by Food Network that explains and provides visuals for perfecting caramelized onions.
CAN I USE SOMETHING ELSE BESIDES GOAT CHEESE?
Yes – however, this is obviously the one I recommend the most. The combination of goat cheese with caramelized onions and balsamic glaze is truly a combination from heaven. I’ve used this combination in manyyy of my dishes and it continues to be one of my favs. BUT if you don’t like goat cheese here are a couple options to use instead:
I hope you and your family + friends love this recipe as much as I do – this is one of my personal favorites <3 As always, leave me a comment if you make this! Xoxo.