Caramelized Onion & Cheese Galette

Published on: 02/27/2024
caramelized onion and cheese galette recipe

This Caramelized Onion & Cheese Galette was inspired by the flavours of French Onion Soup, but with a twist. It’s features caramelized onions and gruyere (obviously), but it also has leek and lentils for added flavour, colour and protein!

If you want a true French Onion Soup recipe, I have one here. And if you want another winter inspired soup, check out my Coconut Turmeric Carrot and Lentil Soup.

How to make this caramelized onion & cheese galette

The full recipe and directions can be found in the recipe card below, but here is a brief run down:

  1. First make your dough because it needs to chill for at least 1-2 hours. Combine flour, salt, water, butter and fresh herbs (these are optional).
  2. Make your filling. This takes some time because onions take time to caramelize.
  3. Once the onions are almost done, you’ll add the leek, and give this time to caramelize too.
  4. Then you’ll add your herbs and lentils. The lentils add protein and fibre to the meal.
  5. Once your filling is cooked and flavoured to your preference, roll out your dough.
  6. Add your filling, fold in the edges, give it an egg wash, sprinkle with some cheese and bake!

Substitutions for this cheese galette


  • Herbs: if you want to add fresh herbs to the dough, go right ahead! I have used rosemary (about 1 Tbsp), but I think thyme would also be really good with this recipe.
  • Balsamic glaze: this galette is quite rich, so I like to drizzle a little balsamic glaze on top to brighten it up. It’s optional, but yummy!


  • Make it vegan: this recipe is vegetarian, but could be made vegan. Use vegan butter in the pastry dough and to caramelize the onions. Find a gruyere-like cheese replacement, and instead of an egg wash, use a plant-milk wash.


  • Can you make galette with puff pastry? Sure! You can use pre-made puff pastry dough to save you time. Puff pastry is flakier than traditional pie/galette dough, and you might have to bake it at a different oven temperature and for a different amount of time.
  • Are galettes gluten free? not typically. Most galette doughs use wheat flour. I have not tried to make dough with gluten free flour, but I’m sure there are recipes out there.
  • Can galette be made ahead? It can! I would make the dough and the filling separately and assemble the day you need it. The dough you could make 1-2 days ahead of time. But make sure you wrap it in plastic wrap really well to prevent it from oxidizing. The filling I would make the day before, and then assemble and bake the day of.

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caramelized onion and cheese galette recipe

Caramelized Onion & Cheese Galette

Inspired by the flavours of French Onion Soup, this galette recipe is the perfect recipe for a cozy winter evening.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Servings 4 people



  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 3 g salt
  • 150 g butter, unsalted, cut into large cubes cold
  • 100 g water ice cold


  • 3 small cooking onions
  • 1 leek
  • 3 Tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 ½ tsp thyme, dried
  • 1 ½ tsp rosemary, dried
  • 1 cup brown lentils, cooked or canned
  • ½ cup gruyere, shredded
  • 1 egg
  • balsamic glaze optional


Make your dough

  • In a large bowl add your flour and salt. Add your butter and use your hands to rub it into the flour. Continue until the butter is all incorporated and about the size of a pea, but it's okay if there are some larger chunks. Next add your water, starting with 75g. Use a fork to combine. Add the remaining water until the dough comes together.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly dusted surface. Knead until no dry spots remain. Do not overwork (this isn't bread).
  • Shape into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Chill for at least 1-2 hours.

Make your filling

  • Preheat oven to 400 °F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut your onions and leek. For the onions, I like to cut them in half (length wise) and then slice them. For the leek, I don't cut it in half before slicing.
  • To a large frying pan, over medium high heat, add 2 Tbsp butter. Wait until it melts, then add your onions. Stir to combine the onions and the butter, and then spread them out in the pan to allow them to cook evenly.
  • Allow them to cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. If your burner is really hot, you might need to lower the heat to prevent the onions from burning. If you notice they're sticking to the bottom of the pan, you can add a little more butter.
  • Add another 1 Tbsp butter and your sliced leek to the onions. Stir to combine, and then let cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add thyme, rosemary and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
  • Add the lentils, and stir combine. Taste and add more herbs or salt if you think it needs it. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make your galette

  • Remove your dough from the fridge and let sit for 5-10 minutes before rolling it out.
  • Remove from the plastic wrap and move onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a large circle about 1/8" thick and gently transfer to your parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Transfer all your filling onto the dough. Spread it out leaving 1-2 inches of dough for the crust.
  • Fold the crust over some of the filling, and brush with your egg.
  • Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of your gruyere cheese over the filling.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  • Let sit 5 or so minutes, then slice and serve! Garnish with balsamic drizzle if you have it.
Keyword caramelized onions, cheese, galette, leek


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