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Pear, Roquefort, and Caramelized Onion Galette

Yield 8 to 10 servings
A galette is a rustic French tart whose filling is typically exposed to tempt you into the first bite. This nutty pear galette can serve as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert with a glass of wine.

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 2 firm Bosc pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3 ounces crumbled Roquefort cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

How to Make It

  1. Cook onion in butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat, 30 to 35 minutes or until onion is caramelized, stirring often. Stir in salt and pepper; set aside.

  2. Unfold piecrust and roll into a 14" circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  3. Combine pear slices and flour; toss gently to coat.

  4. Spread three-fourths of onion over piecrust, leaving a 4" border around edges. Arrange pear slices over onion; top with remaining onion, pecans, and cheese. Fold over 4" borders of dough, pressing gently to seal. Brush dough with beaten egg.

  5. Bake at 425° for 24 to 25 minutes or until golden, shielding with aluminum foil, if necessary, to prevent excessive browning. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack 5 minutes. Serve warm, or cool to room temperature on wire rack.

Christmas with Southern Living 2002