October 12, 2016

Vegan Potato Galette with Rosemary, Thyme and Caraway

olive oil and rosemary potato galette


The flow of life is generally steady, the course is chosen and followed and down that path surprises or stumbling blocks  show up.  Over the past year I was stricken with a sudden and swift dairy and nut allergy.  It literally showed up overnight but it took me a whole year to realize that I must be dairy free.  My beloved butter has been the last to go. So now I am on a quest to find creamy goodness without dairy or everything tasting like a coconut as many vegan recipes rely heavily on the coconut.  

This is a simple, crisp and delicious recipe.  For a non-vegetarian version swap out 2 tablespoons of the olive oil for 2 tablespoons of rendered and melted bacon fat.

If you prefer butter and a cast iron pan, see this recipe.

Vegan Potato Galette with Rosemary, Thyme, Caraway and Onions

¼ cup (4 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons non-dairy butter like Earth Balance
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon (or more) kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes cut into 1/8'-thick slices with a mandolin slicer
1 small thinly sliced sweet onion

Preheat to 425°.
Arrange a rack in middle of oven.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a Silpat rated for 425°.
Set the ring portion of your 9 inch spring form pan on the paper.
Toast caraway in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute and let cool slightly.
Crush in with mortar and pestle or with a rolling pin or meat mallet.
In a large bowl toss to coat potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, crushed caraway seeds.
Arrange 1/4 of potatoes in an even layer inside ring on baking sheet to create a solid overlapping base.
Toss onion in a large bowl with 1 Tbsp. melted dairy-free butter, or regular butter if using.
Arrange 1/3 of onion over potatoes.
Repeat layers two more times for a total of 3 potato and 2 onion layers.
Finish with a layer of potatoes.
Carefully remove ring.
Bake until potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes.
Dot the top of the galette with small bits of the remaining tablespoon of butter (vegan or regular).
Bake for 5 to 10 minutes until edges of potatoes are deep golden and top is crisp
Run a thin spatula under galette to loosen from foil and move to a serving dish.

Season the galette with salt and pepper.

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