Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pissaladière Part 2

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Remember I made a beautiful Pissaladière a while back?

Well another rendition was due.

I had a bunch of pathetic looking cherry tomatoes still hanging on for dear life on the vine, waiting to die before the first frost (very soon). I could not just let them split and freeze on the vine, so I decided on a Pissaladière with tomatoes!



What is a Pissaladière you ask?

It is simply a pizza like rustic tart made with caramelized onions, olives and anchovies, and sometimes tomatoes.
Its orgins are in Provence, in Southern France and I LOVE IT.

I use the salt packed anchovies, which are much better and fresher tasting than the oil cured can variety.



This is the nicest light lunch with a salad that I can think of.



Pissaladière Version Part 2:

1 defrosted sheet of puff pastry fitted into a square tart pan, kept cold in the fridge until the rest of the ingredients are ready to assemble.

1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
3-4 onions, sliced thin
1 tbsp butter
3 salt packed anchovies, rinsed, bones removed, sliced into thin slices
1/4 cup kalamata olives, halved
1 tbsp capers
fresh thyme leaves
salt & pepper

Start by caramelizing your onions.

In a heavy skillet, coat the bottom w/ olive oil. Cook the onions on medium heat adding the butter after the first 5 minutes. Add thyme leaves (about a tablespoon and a sprinkle of kosher salt), cook until golden brown for about 15-20 minutes total, stirring every few minutes, making sure they are not burning.



Once the onions are cool, lay them in the prepared tart pan fitted w/ the pastry.

Next, layer the cherry tomatoes and olives on top of the onions. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.

Slice anchovies into thin strips and decorate the tart with them in a decorative pattern.
Dot capers in between tomatoes and lay fresh thyme sprigs on top.



Bake in a 400F oven for 20 minutes.

Serve warm or room temperature.

Bon Appetit!



6 comments:

Food Thief said...

another beautiful Stacey tart!
you need to rename your blog "Stacey's Tarts!"

Lisette said...

We had pissaldiere in Nice, France last summer and I loved it!
It did not have tomatoes, just the onions and olives.

elra said...

Drooling !!!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I finally used my last cherry tomatoes too, they were starting to split in my bowl, all gone til next year! Perfect to end your summers bounty with a fabulous tart!

kat said...

Oh yum, I think I have some anchovies in the fridge....

The Japanese Redneck said...

Glad you were able to save the tomatoes from wasting.