French ~ Pissaladiere

April 26, 2012

Finally... I baked and tasted Pissaladiere...

Been wanting to make this for a long time.... but didn't have the opportunity. Just incase you are wondering why... my dearest beloved daughter, who is a fussy eater hates anchovies...

Its a PERFECT timing that she is in France and I don't have to feel guilty that we are indulging in good food when she is not home...

that's my girl...(at Arc De Triomphe)... and she is coming home tomorrow 
What a shame ...Channel 9 didn't know how to spell 'CHOIR'...

Pissaladiere baked to perfection.

Pissaladiere uses a lot of onion... 1.5kg!!!

When H finished slicing the onion (thank you saved me from crying my eyes out...), he looked at the mountain of onion rings, "Are you sure? So much onions used...".
But once cooked, it became 'mush and jam' like.. just nice to spread over the dough.

It tasted good... the sweetness of the onion, the saltiness of the anchovies.. but there is one problem...
eating too much me wind!!! makes me wonder...
how the French deal with this....

Pissaladiere Recipe 

(serve 4-6) 
(tweaked and adapted from The Food of France)
40g butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1.5kg brown onion thinly sliced
2 tablespoon of thyme
20-25anchovies halved
100g pitted Kalamata olives -halved
2teaspoon dried yeast
250g bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon olive oil
125ml warm water plus extra 35ml
  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a big frypan. Saute the onion with half the thyme until soft (about 45 minutes). Season to taste and put it aside to cool.
  2. Dough : mix yeast with warm water and leave it for 10 minutes. Sift flour into a mixing bowl, add salt. Make a well, add salt, olive oil and yeast mixture. Knead (uisng electric mixer) for about 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth, soft and pliable. Proof for 1 hour or until double in size.
  3. Pre heat oven to 200C.
  4. Roll out the bread dough into a rectangular baking tray 34x26cm.
  5. Brush with oilve oil and spread the onion mixture.
  6. Lay the anchovies in lattice pattern and arrange the olive in the middle of the diamond.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining thyme.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough is brown and cooked.
  9. Cut into square and serve.


  1. Oh oh..our favorite! I love anything with lots of onion.. You're tempting me here.

  2. I love saute onion. Especially when you slowly saute them till mushy. They are really sweet. I made English Onion Soup (Jamie's recipe) and can't stop eating the onion.. Yum yum...

  3. Your pissaladière is beautiful and looks so perfect! A scrumptious treat.



  4. I luv everything French ..... And the combination of anchovies n onions can never go wrong. I am a big anchovies lover but the husband hates it ...... looking for an opportunity when I can make it :)
    Take care

  5. Hi Lisa, it look good and tempting but to slice 1.5kg onions...... my eyes *-* LOL

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, it look great.

    Have a nice day.

  6. 20- 25 anchovies?Ohhhh...I'm in love!!Bookmarking this and thanks for sharing:)

  7. I absolutely love pissaladiere! I made it once and it was yummy! Now you hare making me craving for some!

  8. I've never heard of this before but yours looks and sounds amazing!!!! Have a great time catching up with your daughter when she gets back!

  9. wow - what a recipe! I should keep it for an "adventurous cooking" day :-)

  10. Um, I have never heard, seen, or had Pissaladiere before and I'm not quite sure if I can pronounce it right. =P 1.5 kg of onion in here? I love onions and this sounds and looks so good!

  11. One of my favourites. Love the onions but not so keen on the anchovies!

  12. I like the sound of it (although I can't pronounce it!) it's like an onion and onion pizza with anchovies and olives? Mmmm....think I'll love this! Looks really pretty too. Please send some over!!!

  13. pissaladière! I love it, and how proud you are showing us your little princess!!

  14. Ribbon Clown
    hehehehe... :P

    how to stop the 'wind'? ;P

    Cheers Rosa :D

    We 3 love anchovies but not the little one :(

    yes 1.5kg... I would cry buckets :D

    Thank you :D

    Fantastico rght?...

    I should learn how to pronounce this from you :D

    Done :D

    Cooking Rookie

    Achu's Amma's
    Thank you :D

    I can't pronounce it either ;P...

    Anchovies ~ acquired taste I believe... :D

    Fern @To Food With Love
    yep.. just like pizza minus the cheese :D

    Yes..tehehehhe.... I am proud of her :P

  15. Hi Lisa,
    Tried this recipe today and it's superb!Thanks again.

  16. to me, but I am very sure we will love it as it involves onions ;-)

  17. Your pissaladière looks stunning!

  18. Shereen
    Awesome... :) thank you for letting me know


    Baker Street
    Thank you :)

  19. I'm new to Pissaladiere. It looks so pretty and sounds interesting! But I'm not sure whether my son can handle so much onions in his diet. ;)

  20. This is such a cooool recipe, Lisa!! So much interesting flavours and use of ingredients, never had anything like it before. Would love to try! And I like the feeling of wanting to make sth for so long and finally getting the chance to do it. So happy for you haha. Thanks for sharing this French recipe!!