The end of yet another year is around the corner, time to lay in provisions for New Year's Eve. Whether you're having a crowd or a small dinner party, you can't go wrong with a galette, whose filling can be adjusted to suit your guests' diverse preferences. Follow the recipe below to make one with sweet caramelized onions, one with kale and ricotta, and one with creamy mozzarella and ham. Serve warm from the oven or at room temperature, sliced, with olives, nuts, fresh fruit and plenty of wine—be sure to consult our list of recommended, recently rated Champagnes and other sparkling wines, below.
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup semolina flour (you may substitute all-purpose or whole wheat flour)
• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
• 2 sticks (1 cup) chilled salted butter, cut into small cubes, plus 3 tablespoons
• 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 large yellow onions, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rings
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
• 1/2 bunch curly kale, stems removed, finely chopped (about 3 cups)
• 3 ounces best-quality sliced ham
• 4 ounces best-quality fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
• 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
• Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, pulse together the all-purpose and semolina flours and the salt, just to combine. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, and pulse just until the dough comes together. Form into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You may make and refrigerate the dough up to 24 hours in advance of assembly.
2. In a large, heavy-bottomed sauté pan, heat 2 of the remaining tablespoons of butter over medium heat until just foaming. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and, after about 30 seconds, half of the sliced onions. Turn and toss to coat the onions with the butter and oil, and cook for two minutes, then stir in the remaining onions, stirring and tossing to coat and evenly distribute. Season the onions lightly with salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are brown and caramelized. Do not rush this process, which can take about 30 minutes to achieve deeply caramelized onions. Once they're cooked through, remove the onions from the pan and let cool to room temperature. You may wish to drain the onions in a fine-mesh sieve to eliminate any excess oil and butter.
3. While the onions cook, you can cook the kale. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Add the chopped kale and stir and toss to coat it evenly with the oil and garlic. You may wish to sprinkle a bit of water in the pan, which will steam the kale and speed up the cooking process. Season lightly with salt and continue to cook until the kale is tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool to room temperature.
4. Heat the oven to 400° F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the dough into three equally-sized pieces. Roll one piece out to 1/4-inch thickness—it should be about 10 to 12 inches in diameter—and transfer carefully to the baking sheet. Arrange the ham in the center of the dough in slightly overlapping fashion. Top with the diced mozzarella, and fold the edges of the dough inward to form a rim.
5. Roll out the next piece of dough in the same fashion and transfer to the baking sheet. Cover the surface of the dough with the ricotta cheese. Season well with salt and pepper, then top with the cooked kale. Fold the edges of the dough in. Roll out the last piece of dough and transfer to the baking sheet (or use a second baking sheet, also lined with parchment, if necessary). Cover the surface with the caramelized onions and fold in the edges. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through the cooking. The dough should be golden brown and tender. Let cool for five minutes, then slice with a pizza cutter or serrated knife and serve. Serves 4 to 6, or more if part of a cocktail buffet.
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