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Mushroom and Spinach Galette *PIC*

Mushroom and Spinach Galette

Even if you don't live meatlessly yourself, you might have a vegetarian or vegan at your Thanksgiving table. Offer your meat-free guests something more substantial than a cobbled-together plate of traditional vegetable side dishes.

Nicole Spiradakis, author of the article introduced this recipe by writing, My mom makes a delicious mushroom galette for me each year at Thanksgiving, and I've taken that idea as my inspiration here. I've removed the cheese and butter to make it lighter and vegan-friendly.
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons cold water
Filling:
2 medium shallots
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
10 medium white mushrooms
2 portobello mushroom caps
1 bunch spinach, washed and coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350º F.
For the crust:
Mix the flour and salt.
Drizzle the olive oil over the flour and cut in with a fork, combining lightly until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Sprinkle water over the flour, a tablespoon at a time, and mix lightly with a fork.
With your hands, press the pastry lightly into a ball, wrap in waxed paper, and let rest in the refrigerator at least 20 minutes.
For the Filling:
Chop the shallots and place them in a frying pan with the olive oil.
Sauté over medium heat until they begin to soften.
Lower the heat and add the wine.
Slice the white and portobello mushrooms, and add them to the pan, cooking until they soften and release their liquid.
Add the spinach, salt, pepper and herbs and cook until the spinach is wilted.
To assemble and bake the galette:
On a wide surface, roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until it becomes a 1/4-inch-thick circle. Arrange the vegetable mixture in the middle of the dough, and loosely gather the dough around the filling, leaving an opening at the top (the dough won't close completely).
Place the galette on a new sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven until filling is bubbly and crust is lightly browned, about 35 to 40 minutes.
Slice and serve.

From NPR's Kitchen Window column, November 19, 2008; A Vegetarian Thanksgiving by Nicole Spiradakis.
Posted by LuAnn for KRT. LuAnn adds, Although this looks DELICIOUS to me, this galette featuring two of my daughter's least favorite foods, mushrooms and spinach, would be her Thanksgiving nightmare!

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