If you’re looking to wow some folks with a show-stopping appetizer or even a main meal dish, look no further than this delicious Vegan Galette with Caramelized Onions Figs and Pistachios.
We had some friends over for a ping pong night recently.
I know. It sounds so…junior high. Doesn’t it?
But if you haven’t played ping pong as an adult, you don’t know what you’re missing. We have a table set up in our basement and Shawn and I go down and play in the evenings, especially on days when we haven’t moved around as much as we’d have liked.
In other words, on days when it’s too cold outside for tennis.
A lot of our friends play tennis too, so the transition to the ping pong table has some similarities.
But mostly, we get together, have a beer, share appetizers, talk, laugh, and listen to good music. It’s a great time!
I wanted to make something a little special so I put together this Vegan Galette with Caramelized Onions Figs and Pistachios. When I’m sharing something with friends who aren’t vegan (or even vegetarian for that matter), I sometimes feel this pressure. As if I have to make something extra special to help convince them that veganism is pretty cool.
But when we’re having friends over, Shawn and I will spend some time cleaning the house too. It’s one of the advantages of having guests over. Right? Your house gets an extra careful cleaning.
Hmm. I should probably have folks over more often!
I love making this galette when we’re having friends or family over because you can make some parts of it ahead of time. For example I made the dough and the caramelized onions ahead of time.
And then about an hour or two before the party, I made the figs and cream cheese mixture. Then I rolled out the dough, spread the layers over the dough and baked the galettes. It was perfect.
And then I served the galette slices on an old, rustic plate on top of a cutting board. The galette is so rustic looking. It was a beautiful centerpiece to our appetizers.
Of course, everyone brought great stuff. We had chips and salsa, hummus, guacamole and even some chocolate chip cookies to choose from.
Let’s just say no one left hungry!
Of course you could make these galettes with fresh figs, but I live in the midwest and I don’t often see fresh figs in our grocery store, especially this time of year.
Besides, dried figs offer their own health benefits. In addition to being high in fiber, figs are loaded with potassium. According to my favorite doctor (sorry to my primary care doctor…you know I love you too), Dr. Gregor at Nutrition Facts, around 98% of Americans are deficient in potassium. For that matter, the majority of us are also low in fiber consumption as well. Why should you care about potassium or fiber?
According to Dr. Gregor, potassium is used by nearly every cell in our body. Low levels of potassium can be associated with vascular diseases such as stroke and heart disease. Even a minimal increase in potassium resulted in over a 20% reduced risk of stroke. And fiber? Fiber is responsible for everything from helping control our weight to reducing our risk for cancer, encouraging a healthy microbiome and more.
Figs also are a great source of other nutrients like vitamin B6, copper, and manganese.
It’s one of the reasons I’m on a mission to add figs to my diet every day. I serve them up on my oatmeal, on a piece of toast, and I’ve even used dried figs in place of dates in things like energy bites.
You can find dried figs in your local grocery store, either in the produce section or in the dried fruit section (by the raisins).
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Galette with Caramelized Onions, Figs, and Pistachios
For the Crust:
- 1½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup pistachios shelled
- 10 tablespoons vegan butter sliced
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- ½ cup cold water
For the Filling:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter
- 2-3 small onions 3 cups, sliced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup dried Sun-Maid or Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice California Figs
- 8 oz container vegan cream cheese
- In a food processor combine the flour, salt, and pistachios. Pulse a few times until the ingredients are combined and the pistachios are broken into pieces.
- Add the vegan butter and pulse until you have the consistency of a course meal.
- In a small bowl combine the ground flax meal, cornstarch, and water. Stir to combine. Add this to the flour mixture and pulse until a dough ball is formed.
- Place the dough ball on a lightly floured surface. Knead some additional flour into the dough ball, for about a minute. Separate into two evenly sized balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge.
- Next prepare your filling. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil and vegan butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once the vegan butter has melted, add the sliced onions and stir to coat them. Add the brown sugar and stir it throughout the onions. Cook over medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions have caramelized. Use tongs to place the cooked onions in a bowl.
- In the same skillet, reduce heat to low and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the minced garlic, being careful not to burn the garlic. Remove the pan from the heat for a minute or two if you have to. Add the dried figs and sauté over low heat until the figs are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Use tongs to remove the tender figs into a separate bowl. Add the vegan cream cheese to your skillet and stir it until it softens and you can stir in the garlic bits and drippings from the onions and figs. This will make a very tasty cream cheese mixture!
- Heat your oven to 400F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place one of the dough balls onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle flour over the top of the ball and roll out to a large circle, roughly 1/8″ thick. Place this on one of your prepared baking sheets.
- In the center of the rolled out dough, spread half of the cream cheese mixture, followed by half of the caramelized onions, followed by half of the sautéed figs. Turn the edges of the dough in, toward the center, leaving the center open. You don’t have to be exact with this. Having crumpled edges will give it a more rustic look. If you would like browner edges, spread some plant-based milk (not vanilla flavored) or melted vegan butter over the edges of the crust. Also, I sprinkled some additional chopped pistachios over the top of the entire galette, including the crust. Repeat steps #9 and #10 with the second dough ball and the remainder of the filling.
- Place both galettes on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the edges of the crust have turned golden brown. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. This is best served warm, but can be stored in the fridge and reheated for serving later.