This Roasted Carrot & Herby Feta Galette was supposed to be a Carrot Cake Ginger Loaf but when it ended up looking like a 70’s era meatloaf straight outta you G-Mama’s oven, I knew it was a failure. Although it tasted great, it felt like a lie. I’d never lie to you and that’s a fact. Now I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that. That’s a reference to the rock theater star Meatloaf and his 1993 smash hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” for all of you youngsters out there. You know what, ignore that…it wasn’t really worth mentioning. It was a weird moment in music history. Although I was a big fan of Meatloaf as Bitch Tits Bob in Fight Club, go look that one up kiddos, you’re parents loved that book and movie.
My loaf had a disconnect between the visual and the flavor, it looked like meat but it tasted like sweet. I tried every trick in my book to turn that beast into a beauty, but the loaf really put up a fight. I’m a firm believer in, if a sweet looks like meat, it’s a fail. And the first rule of failed recipes is, you do not talk about failed recipes. So let’s just leave it at that and move on.
I can’t tell you how terribly frustrating it is when you waste hours on a project only to have it come out looking less than appetizing. This happens more often than you’d think, sadly some foods just don’t look as good as they taste. On the flipside, I’ve had some recipes come out looking like glossed up, sexy cover models but unfortunately they were lacking depth of character and just didn’t make the cut. The second rule of failed recipes is, you do not talk about failed recipes.
But the fight wasn’t over, I had to get back in action and develop a new idea. And so, this Roasted Carrot & Herby Feta Galette was created; out of struggle, frustration and a slightly bruised ego.
Truth be told, the golden hued, market fresh carrots are the winners of this fight, as they pop in color and flavor against the warm buttery pastry. I boosted the recipe for this Roasted Carrot & Herby Feta Galette with one of my go-to flavor enhancers, the Herby Feta Sauce from my recipe for Feta Brined Chicken Skewers with Herby Feta Sauce. I’m just gonna tell you right now, that stuff wins the fight every damn time.
With the natural sweetness of the roasted carrots against the uber savory herby feta sauce, this recipe for Roasted Carrot & Herby Feta Galette packs a double punch of flavor depth. Then the whole deal is baked in a rustic, hand formed, buttery bed of my classic All Butter Vodka Pie Dough recipe with the addition of freshly ground black peppercorns for punch of warmth. Once this Roasted Carrot & Herby Feta Galette is baked up, I like to top it with extra crumbles of fresh feta, grassy fresh herbs and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for a subtle nutty crunch.
As frustrating as it was to lose the first round to that mock meatloaf, I fell in love with the power punching flavors of this Roasted Carrot & Herby Feta Galette, and I would do anything for love.
This carrot recipe was developed for a collaboration between a super talented crew of food bloggers. Be sure to check out the #24carrotgoals hashtag on Instagram for all kinds of carrot inspo and visit the hot links to this big ol’ blogger collab & their lovely instagram accounts at the bottom of this post.
A sweet rainbow of carrots shine bright in this beautiful galette with a zesty, herby feta sauce baked in a warm peppered, all butter pie crust. Finished with salty feta crumbles, fresh herbs & crunchy sesame seeds.
- 1 disk all butter vodka pie dough http://bakingthegoods.com/2014/01/17/butter-vodka-pie-dough-recipe/
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup fresh feta cheese -loosely crumbled
- 1 whole lemon -freshly squeezed
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley -roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill -roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper -freshly ground
- 2 lbs small rainbow carrots
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper -freshly ground
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons crumbled feta
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley -chopped
- 1 tablespoons fresh dill -chopped
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Prepare my recipe for All Butter Vodka Pie Dough and add 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper to the dry ingredients before mixing.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough into a large rectangle 1/4" thick, about 12"-14" by 8"-10" wide. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the other ingredients.
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Wash and slice the carrots in half or thirds lengthwise, depending on the thickness. They should be about 1/2" thick.
Place the carrots on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until the carrots just start to brown and soften. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
Combine garlic, lemon juice and olive oil together in a food processor. Pulse together until the garlic is sufficiently crushed. Add the feta cheese, herbs and black pepper, pulse until smooth. Set aside.
Warm oven to 375° F. Spread the herby feta sauce on top of the rolled galette dough in an even layer, leaving a 1 1/2" - 2" border all the way around. Align the cooled, roasted carrots on top of the feta sauce at an angle with the skinny points towards the center. Add the remaining carrots in a second layer.
Gently fold the galette dough overhang up and over the edges of the carrots. Brush the edges with a whisked egg.
Bake on the lined baking sheet for 35-45 minutes (rotating the pan halfway through the bake time) until the pastry edges are golden and flaky.
Allow to cool slightly, then top with crumbled feta, sesame seeds and fresh herbs. Slice into 8 wedges and serve.
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