Rustic Apple, Ham & Gruyere Galette

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Rustic Apple, Ham & Gruyere Galette: Layers of Crisp Tart Apples, Smokey Ham, and Gruyere Cheese with Balsamic-Honey Mustard in a rustic Galette crust will keep your taste buds wanting more!

The first time I had the combination of tart apples, smokey ham & Gruyere cheese on a sandwich, it was LOVE AT FIRST BITE!  Oo-da-lolly, what a truly inspirational combination!  For a crowd (or small gathering) a rustic Galette is easier to create and serve, instead of individual sandwiches.  For a twist on traditional sandwich spreads I came up with a honey-balsamic mustard sauce and finished it off with caramelized onions.AP

Even though the combinations are endless, the tart apples compliment the other flavors and brings out their flavors in full force. I am all about Johnny Appleseed and an “apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Click here for a fantastic blog about the health benefits of apples, you will be glad you did!

This is going to be one of the easiest meals you can throw together, bake and ready to devour in just under an hour (plus or minus a minute or two depending on your onion chopping skills). It’s so gorgeous when it comes out from the oven; it will look like you slaved and tastes like you’re at a swanky hip cafe.

Rustic Apple, Ham & Gruyere Galette: Layers of Crisp Tart Apples, Smokey Ham, and Gruyere Cheese with Balsamic-Honey Mustard in a rustic Galette crust will keep your taste buds wanting more!

The dough recipe is from a dear friend who lives in Jerusalem (Thank You Yehudit!), it has butter and sour cream which makes it very tender, bakes beautifully; a quite tasty-melt-in-your-mouth experience.  If you want to make this gluten-free, click here to substitute the flour with my all purpose gluten-free flour mix.

We “put this Galette down” in mere minutes for linner (lunch/dinner, okay Canadian and Mid-West families, for you it’s supper).  But you can serve it anytime, it has broken the barriers for all mealtimes; your taste buds will do a continual happy dance!

Galette-making will release your inner artistic-self free, you don’t have to stay inside any lines, let that wild-child baker loose and however your galette turns out is how it was meant to be.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this will be a beauty, “signed “by you. 

Galette Ingredients

Gather all your ingredients: Honey-Balsamic Mustard, Ham, Galette Dough, Caramelized Onions, Grated Cheese, and Granny Smith Apples.


Roll out the dough to about a 12-inch circle on parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving the edges “rough” for a more rustic look.

Galette b4 baking

Brush the dough with the honey mustard sauce, half the cheese, alternate layers of ham and apples, and drizzle on remaining honey mustard sauce.

Galette w-egg wash

Fold up the edges of the dough, just go for it; there is no wrong way.  Brush the dough with egg wash and top with remaining cheese and caramelized onions.

Dig in!  Tips:  If you want meltier cheese, use Havarti, Swiss or Taleggio. Gruyere tastes fantabulous, it’s my favorite but as you see it did not melt as well as I hoped.  Don’t forget to save the last slice for yourself or you may be making it again very soon!

Rustic Apple, Ham & Gruyere Galette
  • 1 Cup Ham (about 1-Inch pieces)
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Cup Grated Gruyere or Havarti Cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onion (about half of a large onion)
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg, Beaten (For Egg Wash)
  • 1 Prepared Galette Dough Recipe
Honey Mustard Balsamic Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Galette Dough:
  • 1-1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Cube Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Dough: Cut butter into dry ingredients until crumbly. Add sour cream and mix just until it forms a ball, set aside.
  3. In skillet on stove top, sauté onions with sugar in olive oil over medium to medium high heat to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. While onions are cooking, peel and slice Granny Smith apple and place in bowl of water with a dash or two of salt or lemon juice to keep from oxidizing. Drain on paper towel when ready to assemble galette.
  5. Honey Mustard Balsamic Sauce: Mix honey, mustard, and balsamic vinegar together, set aside.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, roll out galette dough to roughly 11 to 12 inches in diameter. Brush on a thin layer of the honey mustard. Sprinkle on about half the grated cheese. Alternate layers of ham and apple slices.
  7. Drizzle on remaining honey mustard.
  8. Fold up sides of galette creating a 1-1/2 to 2-inch border (crust edge). Brush edges with egg wash.
  9. Sprinkle on remaining cheese and top with caramelized onions. Bake for 30 minutes.

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