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La Pissaladière

La pissaladière (pissaladiera in Provencal dialect) is a culinary specialty of the region of Nice. As it is some sort of onion pie, it is often considered as a type of pizza, and in fact the traditional Pissaladière is made with bread dough, along with pissalat, a sort of a paste or salted cream made from sardines or salted anchovies which gives this dish its name. As time passed, the pissalat has been replaced by the anchovies cream or filets.

The Pissaladière that I'm going to introduce is a modified version of Michèle's. I haven't forgotten my mushrooms - the recipe will be coming next;-)

La Pissaladière

(Michèle's recipe)

  • 1 shortcrust pastry or pizza dough
  • 4 big onions (sliced)
  • 4 tomatos (thick slices)
  • 1 can of anchovies
  • some olives (sliced, optional)
  • some herbs of Provence (or a mix of savory, marjoram, rosmary, thyme and sage - optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven at 210°C (410°F - gas mark 6).
  2. Heat up some olive oil in the pan or wok and saute the onions till they are a bit golden brown. Sprinkle some salt on it.
  3. Lay the onions onto the pie dough, spread sliced tomatos on top of the onions. Sprinkle some dried herbs on it, and then some anchovies and sliced olives.
  4. Bake it for about 25 to 30 minutes.
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Conclusions

Not only it's delicious and flavourful, it's also a simple, easy to fix and healthy meal (unlike your regular pizza, no cheese or sausage in there ). It's an effective solution to get kids to eat veggies.;-)

Notes

It tastes great even without the herbs sprinkled on top of it. The sauté onions just bring out all the delicious flavour.

Pissaladière
27 comments.
#1, by Janet (09/06/2007)

This looks incredible. I love this idea, especially with the anchovies!

#2, by eastmeetswestkitchen (09/06/2007)

Your pizza or la pissaladière looks beautifully delicious! My kids would pick out and eat all the olives. LOL!

#3, by keropokman (09/06/2007)

Oh yes, this recipe looks really really easy!
I just love saute onions! I can just 'lao nua' at those onions.

The second one looks so delicious too!

#4, by Katie (09/06/2007)

That looks perfect! Just absolutely perfect. I'll be right up.

#5, by Judy (09/06/2007)

Ooh la la, I do love onion pie. The pastry looks good.

#6, by Little Corner of Mine (09/06/2007)

Absolutely beautiful! And I bet it tasted great!

#7, by tigerfish (09/06/2007)

Me not a fan of onions unless they are soft and perfectly caramelized. I can have the tomatoes and I can let my hooob eat the onions:-D

#8, by Kelly Mahoney (09/07/2007)

Beautiful presentation, must be a great dish for company.

#9, by Lori (09/07/2007)

That looks so delicious! I had pissaladiere many many years ago in Nice and I never forgot it! Yours looks just as good!!

#10, by tyree white (09/07/2007)

again great fun/work.

#11, by amrita (09/07/2007)

looks fab! yum yum! thanks for visiting my blog!

by the way, those macarons u commented on look embarrassingly terrible!! haha!!! ive improved a lot compared to those lil babies!

#12, by Deborah (09/07/2007)

This is gorgeous! I LOVE onions!!!

#13, by Mandy (09/07/2007)

oh, my mouth is watering, I want a slice!

#14, by Sara (09/07/2007)

How lovely! Those onions look so great.

#15, by teckiee (09/08/2007)

one of those good looking dishes you make which I can't pronounce hehehe

#16, by Wandering Chopsticks (09/08/2007)

That looks wonderful, especially b/c I'm not real big on cheese. I love all the bits about French cuisine I'm learning from you!:-)

#17, by keeyit (09/08/2007)

Looks good ! I want to eat !!!

#18, by Bon Vivant (09/08/2007)

Che bella!

#19, by Ironeaters (09/08/2007)

the end product looks delightful, the way u arrange the tomatoes and olives =) pizzas can b unhealthy isnt it, esp with lots of cheese,ham, sausages,bacons on top of it. putting some vege on top of it is just great.

#20 (09/09/2007)

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

#21, by Nora (09/09/2007)

That looks delicious! I love the combination of flavours. Simple yet so satisfying.

#22, by Kevin (09/11/2007)

That looks really good. An onion pie.

#23, by BuddingCook (09/18/2007)

yummy this looks good! i wanna try.

#24, by Tartelette (09/21/2007)

I grew up in Provence and this was one of my mom's signature dishes. I have the chance to spend quality time in the kitchen with my mom right now and have asked her to show me this one. Your version is mouth watering!

#25, by Chris (10/01/2007)

I can't wait to try this... we just made a pizza that could be called the exact opposite of this one... have you ever had lahmajoun? It's basically a spiced, ground meat pie...
http://weheartfood.blogspot.com/2007/09/lahmajoun-sfiha-meat-pies.html

#26, by Chris (11/28/2007)

Told you we'd make it! It was delicious.:-)
http://weheartfood.blogspot.com/2007/11/la-pissaladire.html

#27, by A scientist in the kitchen (11/28/2007)

Wow! I can't wait to make my own!