The husk cherry tomatoes in this galette certainly blur the lines between sweet and savory, keeping your taste buds guessing.
By Carrie King
It’s rare that I peruse the greenmarket and find a new fruit or veggie that has somehow escaped my radar. On the occasion that I do make a new discovery, I cannot wait to get said fruit or veggie home to my kitchen where I can experiment. Tomato season has handed me husk cherries and they have sufficiently blown my mind.
Until recently, I had no idea what a husk cherry, aka ground cherry, was. In my last post, I wrote about the unparalleled sweetness of fresh summer corn. Well, it’s time for corn to move over, because there’s a new sweet in town and it also comes all wrapped up in a husk, but inside there lies a teeny-tiny tomato.
These cherry tomatoes are kind of an anomaly. They are sweet and tart at the same time, making it hard to pinpoint what it is exactly that you are eating. On first bite, I was sure it was a berry. Then I had another, and was convinced of its tomato status. As if their unique taste wasn’t perplexing enough, their appearance seems equally designed to confuse. The actual fruit is hidden inside a papery husk, which makes it resemble a gooseberry or a very small tomatillo, both of which are relatives.
I was unsure whether to make a dessert or to go the savory route. I guess because I was on the fence, I decided to go with a galette, somewhere in the middle of tart and pie. I took advantage of the natural sugars that ooze from the caramelized onions and roasted husk cherry tomatoes, adding discs of fingerling potatoes, so new and soft that they act as sponges, absorbing a lot of those sweet flavors and helping to provide balance. The addition of fresh oregano and basil help to remind that, in spite of its naturally sweet inclinations, this is a savory dish.
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
- 3-4 Tbsp ice cold water
- 4-5 large fingerling potatoes, boiled, skin on, and sliced into rounds.
- 1 cup husk cherry tomatoes, roasted
- 1 cup regular cherry tomatoes, roasted
- 1 red onion, caramelized
- 3-4 sprigs fresh oregano
- 2 sprigs fresh basil
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 egg
- In the bowl of a food processor - pulse the flour, salt and cubed butter until sandy. Add the ice cold water gradually and pulse until combined. Turn the pastry onto a well floured board, knead a few times and wrap in plastic, placing in the fridge to rest.
- By hand - combine the flour and salt, whisk to combine. Use your hands to rub the cubes of butter into the flour, until a coarse, sandy texture is achieved. Add the ice cold water gradually, using just enough to allow the mixture to come together. Knead a few times and shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge to rest.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF/175ºC
- Slice the large cherry tomatoes in half and leave the small ones whole. Place them in a single layer on a baking tray and season with salt, pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a few sprigs of oregano. Place the baking tray in the oven, roast for 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes have burst and caramelized.
- While you wait for the tomatoes to roast, separately prepare the caramelized onion and boil the potatoes. Be sure not to overcook the potatoes, they should not be soft and mushy, but firm enough to slice into rounds that are roughly ½ inch thick.
- Remove the tomatoes from the oven and pour off the excess juices.
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF/205ºC
- Remove the pastry from the fridge and place it on a large piece of parchment paper.
- Roll the pastry into a 14' round, about ⅛ inch thick.
- Spread the caramelized onions around the center of the pastry, leaving about 1 inch around the perimeter.
- Layer the roasted tomatoes on top of the onions.
- Finally, top the tomatoes with the fingerling discs, nesting the potatoes side by side in the onion/tomato layers. It's ok if the tomatoes and/or onions poke up through the cracks between the potatoes.
- Fold the outer edge of dough over the top of the potatoes, working all the way around the galette.
- Beat the egg in a bowl and, using a pastry brush, lightly coat the pastry with egg wash.
- Place the galette in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
- Remove the galette from the oven and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and freshly ripped basil leaves.
- Serve warm or room temperature.
Carrie King is a Brooklyn-based freelance food writer and trained chef. When not in her kitchen or at her desk, she’s poking around a market, searching for the components of her next meal. Carrie believes that in the war against bad cooking, using local and seasonal ingredients is half the battle. You can share in more of Carrie’s culinary adventures at her blog, A Cook Grows in Brooklyn.