This Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction is a simple, yet impressive dish everyone will love!
Galette? Huh? Don’t you let that fancy name scare you away! You won’t believe how simple this recipe is. This recipe caused me to frantically rearrange my whole blogging schedule for the week. It is so darn good, I had to tell you about it right away!
I bought some big, beautiful tomatoes and a giant bunch of basil from the farmers market this weekend. So for an easy, light lunch yesterday I decided to do something Caprese inspired.
I had been kicking the idea of a galette around for a few weeks but hadn’t got around to make it yet. I knew this would be the perfect opportunity.
This is, hands down, my favorite way that I have had tomatoes all summer. I could seriously eat the whole thing.
This is so easy to throw together. A simple pie crust is rolled out, topped with thick slices of fresh mozzarella and tomato. Fold your edges over and bake for 20 minutes. Top with an easy Balsamic Vinegar reduction and chopped basil. That is it!
How do you make a Galette?
A galette is a delicious French pastry, used mainly as a vessel for something either savory or sweet. With this Caprese Galette, we have clearly chosen the savory route.
The key to getting a perfect Galette is making sure that the fat is incorporated completely into the dough, while making sure to not add too much moisture to your dough. I used solid coconut oil for my recipe, but stick butter, margarine or lard would make fine substitutes.
I personally used my stand mixer for this recipe, but there’s nothing wrong with using a mixing bowl and some arm strength! A hand mixer would work as well, although just be sure to go very slow on the mixing when you are adding in the water.
Ingredients for Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
For the crust:
- Flour (I used gluten free Bisquick)
- Baking powder
- Solid coconut oil
- Ice cold water
For the Filling:
- Low moisture fresh mozzarella
- Fresh tomatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the Topping:
- Balsamic vinegar
- Freshly chopped basil
How to make Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
To start, heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a stand mixer or a mixing bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, salt and coconut oil until the mixture has a course texture. Add in your water one tablespoon at a time while continuing to mix to achieve a soft, moldable dough.
Next, either spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray or line your sheet with baking paper. Roll your dough out into a circle as best you can- it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Add your mozzarella and tomatoes to your Galette dough. Add salt and pepper to your liking. Fold over the edges of the dough and bake for 20 minutes.
Next, your Balsamic Vinegar Reduction! Start by heating a skillet to medium high heat. Add Balsamic Vinegar and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to a medium low and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, or until the liquid has been reduced by half. Remove Balsamic Vinegar from heat and allow to cool.
Finally, your assembly. Once your Galette has cooked through, allow it to cool on a wire rack. Once you are ready to eat, top with your fresh Basil and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. And you’re done!
Tips for Caprese Galette with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
Just a few tricks:
- I made a homemade pie crust for this, but store bought pie crust or puff pastry would work beautifully if you don’t have to worry about making it gluten free.
- There will likely be some moisture when you remove this from the oven. That is okay, just carefully drain it off. If you use low moisture mozzarella that will help with this.
- I used six tablespoons of water in my recipe, but if you are not using a gluten free flour you likely will not need quite as much.
- I do think the Balsamic Reduction adds a very nice touch, but I don’t think it is totally necessary if you want to skip that step. Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella make an incredible combo on their own, so either way works great.
For the crust:
- 1 cup flour (I used gluten free Bisquick)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup solid coconut oil
- 4-6 tablespoons ice cold water*
For the filling:
- 1 ball low moisture fresh mozzarella
- 2 fresh tomatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the topping:
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 handful freshly chopped basil
To make the Galette:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a mixing bowl or using a stand mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and coconut oil until the mixture is course. Add in water one tablespoon at a time while mixer is running until you get a nice soft, moldable consistency.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and spread out the pie crust with your hands. Just form a large circle, it doesn't have to be perfect.
- Top with sliced mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Carefully fold over the edges of the dough.
- Bake 20 minutes.
To make the balsamic reduction:
- Heat a small skillet to medium high heat. Add balsamic vinegar and bring it to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and let mixture simmer approximately 20 minutes or until the vinegar has reduced by half. Remove vinegar from heat and let cool.
- To assemble: After the Galette has cooked 20 minutes, remove from oven. If there is any moisture in your pan carefully drain it off. Let cool on a wire rack. When ready to serve top with balsamic reduction and freshly chopped basil.
*I needed 6 tablespoons, but I was using gluten free flour. If you are using a different kind of flour you may not need as much liquid.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 18.5gCholesterol: 33.7mgSodium: 862.9mgCarbohydrates: 25.9gNet Carbohydrates: 24.5gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 3.5gProtein: 10.1g